Advances in Nursing & Midwifery,
Vol. 25 No. 89 (2016),
8 July 2016,
Background and aim
Infertility is a major reproductive health problem that affect 10%-15% of couples. According to the World
Health Organization, there are currently 50-80 million infertile couples in the world. Physical activity is a
life style factor with possible positive or negative effects on reproductive. The aim of this study was to
compare the physical activity of fertile and infertile couples in Kermanshah, Iran during 2013.
Materials and Methods
This was a descriptive comparative study. The case group consisted of 118 infertile couples attending
Motazedi Infertility Center. One hundred and eight fertile couple attending to six public health centers in
Kermanshah, Iran, were the controls. The sampling method was convenience sampling. Data were collected
by a questionnaire. The questionnaire was consisted of two section. The first section was demographic and
fertility characteristics and the second section was international physical activity questionnaire. The data is
presented by descriptive statistics and analyzed with logistic regression, independent t-test, chi-square, and
gamma tests using SPSS v16.
The result of this study showed that the majority of fertile women(86.1%), infertile women(73.1%), fertile
men(87%) and infertile men(96.3%) had moderate level of physical activity. There was a significant
difference between fertile and infertile men and women in terms of physical activity. The fertile and infertile
couples, also, have significant difference in physical activity(P<0/05).
Given the importance of physical activity on reproductive health and significant difference of physical
activity between fertile and infertile couples in this study, it seems that more attention should be paid to
lifestyle behaviors, especially in infertile couples.
Life Style; Physical Activity; Fertility, Iran