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Stress and fertility are not a good combination! Find out why…
Chronic stress, the HPA axis, and fertility
Stress-related reproductive disorders and their impact on fertility
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
This condition is very common among women of reproductive age. Increased levels of male hormones in females can affect egg production, causing fertility and health issues.
The hormonal imbalance can also increase the risks of pregnancy complications. Within these complications are miscarriage, premature birth, and high blood pressure.
Increased levels of androgens (male hormones) in women show signs of hyperandrogenism. Very often this condition linked to polycystic ovary syndrome. This condition affects the hormonal balance and leads to decreased fertility in women.
This refers to the inability of a woman to release an oocyte during menstruation. It means that women affected by this condition are not able to ovulate. Ovulation problems are another common cause of infertility in women.
Decreased endometrial receptivity
It is defined as the ability of the uterine lining to receive the embryo after fertilization.
Impaired sperm production
Impaired sperm production can lead to low or zero sperm count. As one of the reasons for male infertility, sperm problems can affect the couple’s chances of conceiving.
Decreased sex drive
Since reproductive health depends on the sex hormones, any disbalance can cause low sex drive (libido). In man, the low sex drive is due to a lowered level of testosterone. Prolonged stress can also affect your intimate life. That can also lead to more tension or frustration.
Other health implications of stress leading to decreased fertility
Stress can have other negative consequences on your overall health including:
- sleeping problems
- loss of appetite and/or digestive problems
- reduced ability to maintain body temperature
The negative effect of stress on mental health
One of the biggest problems coming from chronic stress is anxiety and depression. These two are indirectly affecting one’s fertility.
The unhealthy lifestyle that can harm your fertility
Stress can also have an indirect impact. It can trigger behaviors that can damage your reproductive health.
- Illicit drugs
- Some medical drugs (e.g. anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills)
- Immoderate alcohol consumption
- Emotional eating
Healthy ways to cope with stress
There are techniques that can be very successful in improving your coping with stress.
- you are considering pursuing IVF in Cyprus
- if you are about to start your preparations for any of the fertility treatments in Cyprus
The following mind-body complementary alternative medicine’s techniques can help you regain control over your thoughts and improve mood:
The meditative techniques might become your favorite very quickly because you can do it anytime, anywhere. Only a few minutes of meditating would be enough to wipe out all the tension. Meditation for fertility improvement has been recommended by many fertility doctors.
There are several types of meditative techniques that you can consider to start practicing.
- Guided visualization (Reach your happy place through using all your senses with the help of a teacher or guide)
- Mindfulness (Increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment)
- Qi gong (Combination of physical movement, breathing exercises, and relaxation)
- Tai Chi (Type of Chinese martial art that will help you through self – paced movements and postures)
- Yoga is the most commonly practiced type of meditation. Through physical movements and well-controlled breathing techniques, you will gain control of your body and mind.
Studies showed, that acupuncture is successful in treating both stress and fertility problems. Acupuncture is considered an alternative treatment in restoring and improving fertility in the patients.
Get regular exercise
Practicing any kind of sport in the right proportions can improve your reproductive health. Sport can help you cope with stress, by focusing your attention. More important, sport can keep your BMI under control. The body mass index is an important successful conceiving.
Improve your nutrition
Not less important everything else mentioned above, proper nutrition can help you cope better with stress.
Lack of vitamins or certain elements in our body is making us more exposed to stress. For example, people lacking magnesium are more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.
Food rich with nutritional value contributes to better stress management. It activates the release of serotonin and dopamine and that makes our bodies more resistant to stress.
So, what to consider including in your daily meals?
- Intake of magnesium. Either through meals rich with magnesium such as spinach, nuts, grains, or magnesium supplements.
- Food that is rich with zinc, such as beef, egg yolks, oysters
- Increase the intake of omega-3
- Food rich in vitamin B such as avocado or almonds, or vitamin B supplements
- Food rich with calcium such as milk, yogurt, cheese, beans, lentils
Maintain a quality sleep schedule
One of the stress’s effects on the human body is keeping it alerted and awake. That can often result in sleepless nights.
Open yourself to the possibility of seeing a therapist
Be real with yourself and the present moment, don’t hide your distress and try to speak and communicate more!
Convincing yourself that everything is okay, and neglecting the stress is not a healthy way to cope with it.
We are here for you!
Consult with our team and share your experience with us. We can be a helpful guide for you through any kind of fertility problem you might be coping at the moment. The IVF success rates of euroCARE IVF are a strong indicator of our strong will to help couples. We have helped already a lot of couples with improving their chances of getting pregnant. Moreover, we have helped them to get pregnant with a wide range of low-cost IVF treatments. If failed tries to stay pregnant, to carry out a pregnancy to term or multiple miscarriages are the reasons for your stress, then you are in the right place.
We encourage you to contact us, so we can provide the right solution for you to improve your lifestyle and improve your chances of staying pregnant.
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