Blog - Stress and Infertility

Infertility is one of the foremost topics of discussion when it comes to women’s health and well being. There are several underlying causes and factors that contribute to infertility.

Some of the ways in which you can identify stress in your daily routines include:
  • Reduction in productivity
  • Limited time for health-related activities
  • Preoccupation with tasks that are the source of stress
  • Forgetfulness
  • Fluctuations in mood
  • Negative thought process
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in bowel movements
  • Prone to infections

These are just a few. Women can manifest a whole spectrum of symptoms or just one or two from the list.

Stress can increase what is known as reactive oxidative species (ROS) in the body. This can accumulate in the area where your eggs are produced and either reduce the egg quality or halt egg production. ROS also disrupt hormone function and their impact on egg production. Therefore during each menstrual cycle of a stressed woman, there is a chance that she is not producing any healthy eggs.

Women have been experiencing stress for many centuries and are still able to conceive, so stress on its own is just one of the factors that are responsible for changes in one’s ability to conceive. Working on all the factors that contribute to your stress and unhealthy lifestyle is one of the first ways to approach tackling issues relating to your fertility.

Stress hormones can disrupt reproductive hormone function. Some of the ways to tackle this:
  • Identify the situations and the people that are possibly causing stress in your life.
  • List the ones that are in your control and the ones that aren’t.
  • Have productive ways to channel stress that you experience. These could include exercising, pursuing a hobby or meditating.
  • Take “time-outs” throughout the day, especially if you are particularly stressed.
  • Indulge in a support system. This can include your partner or group of friends.
  • Try to surround yourself with positivity and solutions rather than negativity.

Do not hesitate to seek professional help when required.

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