The world today consists of a fast-paced society revolving mostly around careers and success. This can be stressful and has a big impact on fertility. After trying to conceive for a certain time, one can naturally be burdened by thoughts of infertility. Although it is not clear how stress impacts fertility, new research has shown that women who are going through infertility treatments are more likely to conceive if they participate in a stress reduction program. This is no easy feat for patients with the diagnosis of infertility as it can cause a high amount of stress, sadness, depression and anxiety. Studies have even compared the stress of infertility to patients experiencing heart disease and cancer.
The body is programmed to prevent pregnancy in times of extreme stress. Hormones released from the body in stressful times signals the body that conditions are not ideal for conception. Hormones released in stressful times include adrenaline that inhibit the utilization of progesterone, which is essential for fertility purposes. High levels of prolactin are also released which can contribute to infertility. Other hormones such as catecholamines, cortisol and adrenaline can inhibit the release of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) leading to suppression of ovulation (egg is not released), reduced sperm count and lower libido in both men and women.
Here are some ways that you can help your fertility by reducing stress:
- Reduce: Try to avoid stressful situations starting with your job or occupation. It may be time to look for a new job. By reducing stress levels, it only helps fertility but also improves the quality of life.
- Change: Learn control. By controlling the reaction to stressful can have a big impact on reducing stress. Try to stop worrying about the “what ifs” in life. This may take time to practice.
- Get enough sleep
- Exercise: Exercise releases endorphins which are happy hormones and can play an important role in coping with stress.
- Meditation, Yoga, Prayer: Many have claimed that these help them achieve inner peace and to reduce stress.
- Counseling: it can be helpful to have someone to talk to. Counselors can help educated patients on coping with stress in life. Support groups in the community may also be helpful.
- Pamper: Always remember to make time for yourself. Picking up new enjoyable hobbies such as reading a book, taking warm baths, or writing in a journal daily can help to reduce stress.
Stress does not only affect women who are going through infertility treatment but all women. A new mind-body program utilizes an exercise called “cognitive restructuring”. Patients are taught to replace negative feelings with positive but realistic thoughts such as “I am doing everything I can to have a healthy baby”. Women who are already going through infertility treatments should adopt this thinking and this can help them relax and accept all the future outcomes of treatment.
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