Infertility – Is Stress the cause?

Infertility – Is Stress the cause?

(Last Updated On: December 10, 2019)

Infertility and Stress Research

Feeling out of control? Juggling fertility treatments? Timing sex? Monthly disappointment? These are just some of the things which may be affecting your stress levels on your fertility journey,

Stress changes to the body's biochemistry and rhythms and can upset the body's natural balance over time.  Many of us are unaware of feeling stressed and anxious and when faced with infertility challenges.

Research has suggested that stress can cause infertility.

Scientists have found if you have a high level of stress hormones, you may stop ovulating and may be unable to conceive. They also found that simple 'talking therapies' can reverse the effect of stress, boosting the chances of becoming pregnant.

The study looked at women in their twenties and thirties who were normal weight but had not had a period for six months.  She found they had high levels of the hormone cortisol which is linked to stress.

Some of the women were given cognitive behavioural therapy and the rest no treatment. The therapy was designed to give women a better sense of perspective and improved self-worth to help cut stress levels.  Twenty weeks later the researchers found 80 per cent of those given therapy had started ovulating again. This compared with 25 per cent in the control group. Leading to the conclusion that there are many individuals who could benefit from stress reduction in terms of infertility therapies. Read more in the press.

If you feel that you could benefit from addressing some of the stresses, with either Hypnofertility or Reflexology for Fertility, that may be affecting your physical or emotional well-being on your infertility journey then please give me a call.