Trying to Conceive? Managing Stress Can Help

More and more studies suggest that stress and infertility have a connection.  This applies to both men and women.  Learning how to deal with stress may help your chances for conception.

It’s been proven that prolonged stress can cause many physical changes within the body.  This emotion triggers neural and biochemical reactions; which in turn can affect the everyday functioning of our bodies.

Chronic stress can produce an abundance of the adrenal hormones which keeps you in constant “fight or fight” response.

Stress and fertility are believed to have a relationship; especially when tests have shown no obvious explanation.  The rates of unexplained infertility have been rising over the years.  Considering our stressful lives, this is no surprise.

When stress is chronic, the brain’s signals to the hypothalamus gets confused.  This is turn can send mixed messages to the pituitary gland, which is responsible for secreting certain hormones essential for sexual organs to function.  The instructions that make certain biochemical reactions occur within the body are not working properly; resulting in hormonal disturbances.

Hormones travel via the bloodstream.  The blood flow to the reproductive organs can also be disrupted through stress.  A stressed body can temporarily shut down some of the non-essential bodily functions (including ovulation, sperm production, or conception).  This is so the body can put all of its energy into action upon the presumed immediate treat to survival (fight or flight response).

In women, stress ca affect hormone imbalances which can upset ovulation by affecting the maturation and release of the egg.  Stress can also cause spasms in the fallopian tubes and the uterus which can prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg.

Trying to conceive can be an extremely stressful event and a vicious cycle can occur.  What can you do?

  • Decrease stress levels
  • Exercise
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Practice meditation, visualization or guided imagery
  • Participate in energy/body work

 

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