Stress and Infertility
If you are having difficulty conceiving, stress may be a contributing factor. During the time of high stress our bodies are equipped to prevent conception from occurring. The presence of adrenalin, the hormone that is released by our bodies during stressful times, signals to our body that conditions are not ideal for conception. Adrenaline inhibits us from utilizing the hormone progesterone, which is essential for our fertility. Research suggests that stress boosts levels of stress hormones, such as adrenaline, catecholamines and cortisol, which can inhibit the release of the body’s main hormone, GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone), which is responsible for the release of sex hormones. Subsequently this may suppress ovulation in women, reduce sperm count in men and lower libido in both women and men.
If you are trying to conceive naturally or considering an IVF treatment cycle, it is important to manage your stress and adjust your lifestyle. Stress relief should be a part of everyday life for healthy conception and healthy living.
Below are some suggestions of practices or daily habits that may help reduce the effects of stress on you.
- Getting enough sleep
- Daily adequate amount of healthy exercise
- Seek counseling
- Consume natural, calming herbs and supplements (consult with your doctor first)
- Take warm baths
- Walking or bicycling
- Or any activity you enjoy doing
- Surrender and let go
- Cut out bad habits