Infertility has a not-so-subtle way of making you feel like you’re out of options and hopelessly alone. But don’t worry. We see you. And despite how you may feel right now, you are far from alone. The cruel irony of infertility affects as much as 11% of women in the United States alone. So take comfort in the fact that millions of other strong and capable women are going through the same fertility heartache and frustration you feel right now.
If you and your doctor haven’t discovered the underlying cause of your fertility issues yet (or even if you have), we think it’s important to understand how stress and infertility are interlinked. Here’s what you should know about how stress may be contributing to your inability to conceive.
Stress and Infertility: a Match Made in … Hell?
For years, researchers, doctors and scientists have debated the relationship between stress and infertility. It is clear from their research that the two go hand-in-hand in many situations. Patients with infertility often report feeling increased stress, a loss of control, anxiety, depression, and other unpleasant emotions. Sound familiar? We thought so.
Even though many couples struggle with fertility, the tendency to suffer in silence can cause stress to skyrocket. Women with infertility issues are not always comfortable sharing their situation with family members and friends, which can increase their feelings of shame and low self-esteem.
Fortunately, you can rectify this problem by speaking out. That doesn’t mean you need to confess your fertility issues during your cousin’s bridal shower. But you should confide in someone you trust when the chance arises. You may also find it incredibly freeing to find online infertility forums where you can discuss your feelings with other women who are going through the same things you are. Talking through your issues is such a great way to reduce your stress.
Now that you know stress is linked to infertility, it stands to reason that you can increase your likelihood of conceiving if you minimize stress in your life. Psychological interventions that help you learn how to handle stress and depression may also double as infertility treatments.
Women With Lower Stress Levels Experience Increased Pregnancy Rates
Some studies show pregnancy rates are higher in women with low stress levels than they are in women with high stress levels. This suggests that the psychological state of women trying to conceive is more important than most people realize.
If you know you have excess stress in your life, throw it out on the curb as soon as possible. A few suggestions for breaking up with stress include getting regular physical exercise, listening to relaxation recordings, getting sufficient sleep at night, and talking to your doctor about any anxiety and/or depression issues you may have. When combined with fertility treatments as prescribed by your doctor, stress-reduction techniques may help you finally get that bun in the oven.
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