Infertility can be caused by stress amongst many other reasons. Stress has been found to be the cause of infertility in upto 30% of women who are not conceiving. Though research has not been conducted in this area it has been recognized that sometimes couples that have been trying to get pregnant for a long time suddenly do, by reducing stress and anxiety.
How stress affects the body varies from individual to individual. But research has proven that more couples conceive during the months in which they are happy and relaxed.
Research indicates that stress adversely affects ovulation as well as the fertilization of eggs. Scholars says that hormones such as cortisol or epinephrine rise in the body during chronic stress and may impact fertility and stress effects testosterone secretion, which reduces sperm.
It has also being discovered that stress not only affects outcomes of natural fertility but also that of fertility treatments. In fact fertility treatments in themselves can be very stressful sometimes contributing to their failure. Therefore stress management is essential when a couple is trying to conceive.
Here are a few ways that you can reduce your stress and improve your chances of getting pregnant. These tips apply to both partners.
- Massage therapy and foot reflexology
Massage alleviates stress increasing the amount of dopamine ands serotonin in the body and decreasing cortisol. Foot reflexology is a type of massage that focuses on pressure points in the feet that are said to correspond to various organs in the body. It helps reduce stress and anxiety.
- Meditation and breathing exercises.
Just watching your breath helps you ignore thoughts. Daily practice of this will make you calmer in a month or so.
- Letting go of the outcome
While going through the process of trying, do not focus on the result. This maybe a little hard, considering that you may be very anxious about having a baby. However being in the moment and staying focused on the process itself will greatly reduce your stress and improve your chances.
Moderate cardio vascular exercise such as a long walk three times a week or a 20-minute jog and yoga that focuses on synchronizing breathing with body movement are wonderful ways to reduce stress. Exercise improves oxygen circulation and boosts the production of endorphins (feel good chemicals).
- Healthy eating habits
A healthy, balanced diet goes a long way in reducing stress. A good proportion of complex carbs, proteins and healthy oils along with a sufficient quantity of vegetable are a must for good health in general. Eating on time keeps your sugar levels in control and your mood up. Include omega 3 fatty acids in your diet or as a supplement. It is very important to avoid sugar and soda.
- Quit smoking
Some people may smoke for stress relief but in the long run smoking can cause infertility in both men and women. Research has demonstrated that men who smoke had lower sperm count and sperm motility, and smoking damages eggs and damages the reproductive system in women.
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