Doctors today are looking into the idea that stress may be the reason behind many couples’ infertility concerns. Studies are currently underway to figure out if stress plays an active role. It has been found that stress does affect glands and hormones associated with pregnancy, but those variables vary from woman to woman.
The Importance of Relaxation
Even though doctors aren’t entirely sure of the effects of stress on fertility, they do know that pregnancies do occur more often when the couple is in a happy and relaxed state. Surveys have been administered to women with the goal of finding out how much stress they are experiencing compared to how regularly they’re ovulating. They found that the women with higher levels of stress are 20 percent less likely to conceive.
Varying Degrees and Effects of Stress
Some women may be under constant high levels of stress. When they’re used to it, they may conceive normally. While others who endure sudden stress, such as a death in the family or a traumatic accident, can experience a change in their cycle. There is also the possibility of positive stress, like a wedding, that can alter conception.
Treatment That Can Help and Hinder
Stress is associated with certain aspects of infertility that are treatable. Fertility treatments can assist in resolving issues such as poor egg quality. But going through infertility treatments itself can cause a lot of stress. The ovulation process is closely monitored in these treatments, which include more than the usual doctor visits, which can also cause tension.
Avenues of Overcoming Stress
Since relaxation promotes fertility, women have tried different options to promote conception. Some have tried acupuncture during the final stage of in-vitro fertilization. A study showed that women that went this route had a higher pregnancy rate than those who didn’t. Others have tried massage therapy to thwart tension. This is also recommended by doctors since it promotes relaxation.
The Possible Roadblock of Stress in Men
Doctors have found that stress in men could possibly contribute to infertility. Stress can affect libido, which can cause couples to attempt to conceive less often. It can also disturb the quality and quantity of sperm from the man, making conception less probable. Helping the woman along if she has to go through fertility treatments may cause a fair amount of strain. So it’s suggested that men who are trying to have a baby with their partners should also eat healthy, exercise and relax to reduce stress. Couples can use the option of counseling to assist them in relieving stress while trying to conceive.
Searching for Peace
Trying to conceive could be taxing if the couple experiences multiple failures. Since it continues to be unclear if stress can disturb fertility, it’s important to reduce stress as much as possible to be on the safe side. The overall recommendation from doctors is for partners to look into their lives to find out where they can be more mindful, peaceful and happy. This element of peace can promote fertility and conception.