The bond between stress and infertility! Can it be broken?
Not only is it essential to be healthy physically, a healthy and happy mind is also important for the conception of a baby.
You know, someone has rightly said:
Remove stress from the body and the body regenerates and heals itself
Although the topic is still up for debate, it has been established that stress does affect fertility in more ways than one. Here are a few of the reasons why stress and infertility are highly connected to each other.
One of the simple reasons why stress leads to lesser chances of conception is quite simply the fact that couples under immense stress do not engage in sexual activities as much as couples who have a stress-free mind. Stressed people are too busy worrying about life events having sex the last thing on their minds.
Stress also causes the increase in the level of cortisol and adrenaline hormones. These hormones disturb the ovulation, menstrual cycle and has impact on implantation of embryo in the uterus. In men, stress has effect on the levels of testosterone in the blood and on spermatogenesis.
Another cause for infertility in stress, is that excessive stress usually makes us choose extremely unhealthy habits. These could be habits like smoking, excessive alcohol intake, a sudden increase in the caffeine intake, lack of proper sleep, or unhealthy eating habits. All of theseare major contributing factors when it comes to infertility.
How to combat stress and consequently, infertility
- Engaging in meditation and yoga are well known methods of de-stressing oneself. Additionally, any form of exercise can make your body healthier, and thereby reduce your risk of infertility. However, make sure you do not go overboard with it.
- Lack of sleep can affect your body’s fertility for the worse. Create a sleep routine and a proper environment for sleep and stick to it without fail.
- A healthy diet is essential to reduce your body’s risk of infertility. Stress can drive you to unhealthy food habits, but a healthy diet can reduce your chances of stress as well.
- People who consume large amounts of caffeine everyday are more likely to face difficulty on conception. The recommended amount of caffeine in one day is limited to 2 cups of caffeine each day.
- Reduce alcohol intake and quit smoking, as these are deleterious for the reproductive health.
As you can see, a healthy body and healthy mind are highly interconnected. Without one of them, you cannot have the other. If you feel comfortable with it, you can try to visit a therapist to reduce your stress. Doing so does not guarantee pregnancy, of course, but it will help reduce your stress and thereby increase your chances of pregnancy.
Finally putting up one quote more from a genius:
Sometimes against all hard and against all odds, WE DO HOPE… AND WE RELIVE
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