“Let’s have a baby!” there, you’ve said it – a one-breath statement that changes your life forever. Having a baby is one of those huge, wondrous decisions that truly alter everything.
Anyone who’s heard the conception advice “just relax and it’ll happen” may wonder if stress really plays a role in how soon you’re able to get pregnant. The answer: More and more research seems to confirm a link between stress, anxiety, depression, and infertility. First, when you’re stressed out, you’re probably not having sex as often — a pretty obvious fertility derailment. “You’re also more likely to smoke and binge drink.”
Believe it or not, our bodies are equipped to prevent conception from occurring during times of extreme stress. 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 fertility. It also causes the pituitary gland to release higher levels of prolactin, which also causes infertility.
Chronic stress may cause lack of libido as well as a decrease in general fertility. This has become such a common issue that they have created a name for it: Stress Induced Reproductive Dysfunction. Hence, stress relief should be a part of every couple’s conception plan even if they are going through IVF.
Stress may very well be a factor in couples having difficulty in conceiving. If fertility tests have been performed and there is no medical reason for infertility, it is time to evaluate the lifestyle and determine how much stress they have. Many times couples know that they are stressed. In that case, it is time to start defeating that stress to help fertility.
Reduce the Effect of Stress on Fertility by
- Adopting healthy lifestyle
- Change how to react to stressful situations… visualise in positive mode
- Get enough sleep
- Get an adequate amount of healthy exercise daily
- Meditation & Yoga
- Seek counselling
- Reading a book of interest
- Take warm baths
- Do what you love – give yourself a break
Happiness is a choice. We can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s our choice whether we let it affect us or not.