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Infertility - How Does Stress Trigger It?

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Dr.Sonali Tawde 96% (275ratings)
MBBS, MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology & Fellowship In Fertility ( IVf Specialist ), Dnb - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MRCOG - Part 1, PGDMLS, MNAMS (Membership of the National Academy) - Obstetrics & Gynecology, Masters in Reproductive Medicine(UK)
Gynaecologist, Mumbai  •  18years experience
Infertility - How Does Stress Trigger It?

In today’s modern era, fast paced society, it is very very common for people to become stressed. In fact, one would almost think that if you aren’t stressed out, there is something wrong with you! Realistically its not a good thing for our bodies in general, and has a major impact on your fertility potential. One may or may not realize the stress factor.

How can Stress affect your Fertility?

Research tells us that stress boosts levels of stress related hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which can inhibit the release of the body’s main reproductive 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. Adrenaline,which is a stress relieving hormone and gives your body the rush to face the stress. This hormone alters progesterone levels, which is essential for fertility. Caffeine reduces Prolactin hormone levels, which interferes with ovulation and fertilization. Hence its essential that your stress & anxiety levels are under control.

Chronic Stress also decreases libido:

Chronic stress may cause lack of libido as well as a decrease in general fertility. This has become so common that ,it has been specially termed as 'Stress Induced Reproductive Dysfunction'. Every couple should try to work towards reducing stress levels at work place and home, while going for fertility treatment.

Ways to reduce stress & improve fertility:

If you are having difficulty to conceive, it's imperative that you evaluate your lifestyle and look for the stress factors. Remember defeating the stress may be the solution to your worries.

  1. Reduce stress : The issues in your life may be work or relationship related. You need to learn to balance your personal and professional life. The sooner you do it the better; after all you are preparing yourself to welcome a new born in your life.

  2. Change your reactions: Get a hang of the situation and react accordingly. Over reaction to a situation can harm your body and mind. Stop bothering about every small thing in life.

  3. Let few things be the way they are: Stop getting bothered about people who matter the least in life. Remember, most of the things will fall in place. Let few things be the way they are.

  4. Make it your habit to reduce stress: Call it an obsession or a practice, train your mind to choose practical and possible solutions which will be less stressfull..

  5. Sleep well: Sufficient rest is essential for a healthy mind and body. Meditation or yoga or counseling can work wonders.

Please note that if your fertility reports are normal, then it's just a matter of time. Be calm and composed so that you are able to face the rough waters clearly with your partner. Finally, follow advice of your Fertility Specialists with sincerity & determination.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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