Can Stress cause infertility problems?
For some women, chronic stress can affect ovulation by altering the signals to the part of the brain which regulates hormones that cause the ovaries to release the egg during the menstrual cycle. Although there is no universal consensus that stress is a major cause of infertility, more and more research seems to confirm that there is a definite link between stress, anxiety, depression, and infertility.
What is generally known is that infertility and the failure to fall pregnant can be a huge cause of anxiety and stress. When you are stressed out, you are probably not having sex as often as you should be, especially if you are trying to fall pregnant. This means you could miss critical fertility window times, and so sabotage your chances of conceiving even further. Studies have shown that pregnancy is more likely to occur when couples feel happy and relaxed when making love, than if they are tense and anxious. Further studies have indicated that when techniques are employed to reduce stress, many women are able to fall pregnant naturally, reversing dismal failures of the past.
Natural ways to boost your fertility health
Anxiety and stress are tough battles to face every day, which makes natural solutions without any side effects so important, especially if you are wanting to conceive.
Here are some excellent ways to get your fertility health on the right track:
- Mindfulness helps to reduce stress by helping you to focus on the present moment and not worry too much about the future, or dwell on the past. It is a way of allowing you to experience life as it happens, not only taking one day at a time but rather taking one moment at a time. Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to clear your head, slow down your thoughts, and relax your body and mind, when having sex trying to fall pregnant
- Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body, reduce tension, and bring deep relaxation.
- Get enough sleep, as too little sleep, may have a negative impact on the libido of both men and women who are trying for conception.
- Following a healthy diet with foods that are rich in B vitamins help to calm anxiety and settle the nerves.
Foods that are excellent for fertility include nuts, leafy green veggies, as well as lots of fruit. Avocados are particularly beneficial in a healthy diet, as they are high in healthy fats which helps to control gestational blood pressure and protect against heart disease. Fibre is also important and is found in fruits like apples and pears, and in whole grains like brown rice and cooked barley.
Exercise is very necessary
Both partners should exercise, even if it is only walking 4 or 5 times a week. Regular exercise gets the blood flowing throughout the body, especially to the genital areas, where a good blood flow is needed for the sex organs to function properly. When you get moving your chances of conceiving are higher.
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