Stress and Infertility
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Stress and Infertility is a statement which is not clear that how exactly stress impacts one’s fertility. It is not known whether high levels of stress can prevent pregnancy or can affect a woman chance of conceiving a baby. We do know that reducing stress will provide us with a better and improved quality of life during times of intense personal challenge.
Stress is defined as an event in which a person feels is threatening. The best way to protect itself is that the body responds with a fight or flight response.
Is Stress Affecting Your Fertility?
Stress is a factor that causes problems like poor-quality of women eggs, blocked fallopian tubes, failed IVF cycles etc. but with the advancement in medical science, there are medications and procedures that can help the women to conceive a baby and live a stress-free life.
According to the study, up to 40% of couples have been found with no discernable reason for infertility. It has been found that earlier the rate of unexplained infertility was between 10 to 20%; however, in today’s world it has increased up to 40%. According to the study, the women bodies are not different, but their levels of stress are and combined with the ticking of the biological clock, we believe that it sets the stage for infertility.
The fertility experts at the Fertility Centre Nepal say that the stress of actually undergoing infertility treatments can be so high that it can stop even the most successful procedures from working.
We all understand the fertility treatments are very stressful and the person who is undergoing is not only affected but their families are also affected emotionally, mentally and financially. But at Fertility Centre Nepal the fertility experts make your journey smooth and pleasant by providing the best personal and medical care and also provide you a stress-free atmosphere throughout your journey so that you will be able to achieve the successful results.
How to Overcome From Stress?
The study says that having less stress in your life while undergoing for fertility treatment may not, in and of itself, result in a pregnancy but it will help you to manage your stress related to infertility diagnosis and treatment that can help you feel more in control and improve your overall well-being.
It has been found that if you are in a stressful condition then it will interfere with making your rational and well-thought-out decisions. Reducing stress can allow you to research, explore, and consider all the available options with a clearer mind-set. By reducing stress, you can also understand the pros and cons of one treatment over another and can be more effectively weighed and considered that which treatment is best for you.
Stress is not good for your health and we all understand that no one expects patients to approach fertility treatment stress-free, but you can find out the ways to minimize your stress level while undergoing for the fertility treatment which can help you in achieving the successful outcome of the procedure. It is helpful for you to look up for the ways to reduce your burden of infertility treatments and medical protocols.
There are various ways through which you can reduce your stress; some of the common methods are recommended by your fertility experts are as follows:
a) Reduce the stress in your life: Reducing the stress in your life is an important factor which will not only help your fertility and health but also improve your quality of life. If you are doing a job which is really stressful, maybe begin to look for a different job or occupation or if that is not possible then find out the best way to keep yourself stress-free.
b) Do activities that reduce stress: In your daily routine do some activities which help to reduce the effects of stress on your health. Such as:
- Take enough sleep
- Do an adequate amount of healthy exercise daily
- Listening to music
- Massage therapy
- Seek counselling
- Reading a book in the park
c) Use herbs to reduce stress: Chronic stress may cause hormonal imbalance, due to which women are unable to produce good quality of eggs and the quality of men sperms are also not healthy. The best option is to use some herbs that support healthy stress response, nourish your nervous system, and support endocrine function.
d) Read books which reduce stress: The fertility experts advise you to read books which help you to reduce your stress level and you will also learn from others how to live in peace despite outside circumstances. The best way to get peace is through reading books and there are a couple of books which will make a huge difference in the way that how you react to stressful situations.
e) Power of positive thinking: According to study there are most of the women who are able to get pregnant successfully over a period of one or two years. The researchers divided the women into three groups: one which learned mind-body techniques such as meditation, deep breathing etc. which help them in reducing the symptoms of depression, second is the support group which meet once a week to discuss the effects of infertility and the third one is the control group which received no intervention.
After a year it has been found that 55% of women in the mind-body group, 54% in the support group had pregnancies that resulted in a baby as compared to the women in the controlled group who are only 15%. So, it is better to stay positive while you are undergoing for any fertility treatment to achieve the successful outcome.
According to the study, stress can affect one’s fertility and you will not be able to enjoy your parenthood. So, to avoid such condition it is always better to stay stress-free not only to conceive a baby but also to stay healthy and to live a better and improved quality of life. When you stay stress-free you can handle the critical situation also in a better way and win over life. So, stay positive, stress-free, do regular exercise.
Contact Fertility Centre Nepal for any further assistance. We are happy to help you!