Stress Affects Your Fertility & Life Too!

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In today’s modern, fast paced society, it is easy for people to become stressed. In fact, one would almost think that being stressed is the “in” thing, and if you aren’t stressed it must mean there is something wrong with you! Realistically however, stress is not a good thing for our bodies in general, and has a very real impact on your fertility.

If you're trying to get pregnant, relax and try to keep your stress down. That sounds like good advice, which your doctor has probably given you, but there has been very little science to back it up, until now. According to the researches Women with hectic jobs are those most at risk, and are often most in denial about the stress in their lives, 'talking therapies' can reverse the effect of stress and boost a woman's chances of becoming pregnant.

* Impact of stress on fertility

Stress can affect the part of your brain (the hypothalamus) that regulates your hormones. The hypothalamus is the gland in the brain that controls the hormones required to release your eggs. This gland also regulates your partner's testosterone levels. If stress takes a toll on your body, then it could mean you ovulate later than usual in your menstrual cycle, or not at all. This condition is called stress-induced anovulation. Your body is probably used to every-day stresses, so your cycle is unlikely to be affected by these. Of course, everyone reacts to stress in different ways. A traumatic event can throw your cycle off and interfere with conceiving.

Or it could be a change of routine, such as a business trip, that delays your ovulation. How do you know you’re under stress? If you're stressed, your cervical mucus may indicate that something's not right. Rather than noticing increased cervical wetness as you approach ovulation, you might find patches of wetness interspersed with dry days. It's as if your body is trying to ovulate but the stress continues to delay it.

* How to overcome the stress?

The good news is that stress-induced delays to ovulation should not stop you getting pregnant. That is, provided you are having sex every two to three days throughout your cycle. Stress can make you feel less interested in making love, so it’s a good idea to work out what is stressing you. Try to make changes in your life so that you feel more relaxed. Eating healthily, exercising and yoga or meditation can all help to reduce stress. Or maybe you need some time away with your partner to help you conceive.

If ways to relax don't appear to be helping your cycle, it may be time to seek help. Ask your doctor to refer you to fertility specialist. A specialist will be able to find out if there are other reasons you may not be ovulating. If you are diagnosed with an ovulation problem, you may be given a fertility drug to help bring on ovulation. In the longer term, you may find cognitive behaviour therapy helps to ease your stressful lifestyle. Ask your doctor if he/she can refer you for this type of talking treatment.

* How to boost fertility?

Anything that helps you relax and unwind, catching up on the latest celeb tabloids over a pedicure, meeting your best friends for brunch and shopping is certainly a step in the right direction. But certain tricks are especially beneficial for women dealing with trying to conceive related stress.

  • Strike a warrior pose: If you're not the type to sit and meditate for an hour every day, yoga may be the next best thing, a style that focuses on breathing and movement without concentrating directly on meditation. Taking a yoga class or popping in a DVD a couple of times a week can have a huge impact on lowering stress hormone levels that can mess with fertility.
  • Conk out earlier Interesting fact: More than 80 percent of women ovulate between midnight and 8 a.m., so getting too little sleep and the hormonal imbalances this causes can have a surprising impact on conception. Sleep is super regenerative and gives your body a chance to relax and recover from a taxing day. While sleep needs vary from person to person, if you tend to wake up and still feel tired, or feel like you're running on empty as the day drags on, chances are you're not getting enough.
  • Have sex: But not the baby making kind! As fertility related stress takes its toll on you and your partner, it's common for your sex life to start feeling more like a science project. Do it when you're not ovulating just for the fun and intimacy.
  • Do this 10-minute stress Rx Called progressive muscle relaxation, this exercise involves tightening and relaxing every part of your body from head to toe. Furrow your forehead for five seconds, and then relax your face for five seconds. Then wrinkle your nose for five seconds, and relax it for five seconds. Do the same with your jaw, and so on, for 10 minutes, or more if you have time. This helps you to physically feel what your body is like when it's tense versus when it's relaxed. 

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