The Association Between Stress and Infertility

Does stress causes infertility? This is one of the most frequently questions asked to fertility experts. Many people are under the impression that stress causes infertility. However, the most likely answer you may get from a fertility doctor is that it is infertility which causes stress and not stress which causes infertility.

However, medical experts do not rule out an association between stress and infertility. Stress, although, does not cause infertility directly may result in conditions which may further lead to infertility in both men and women.

It is a documented fact that stress affects your sex drive. A person affected by stress has decreased sexual desire. As may have happened with you many times, sex is the last thing on a person’s mind after a hectic day at work. The stress hormones interfere with the activities of the sex hormones and as a result, you suffer from decreased libido. Causes of stress are many apart from a hectic schedule. And the fairer sex being more emotional you may be more susceptible to stress. As such stress can indirectly be a cause of infertility.

Stress hormones can also interfere with your ovulation cycle. It disturbs your ovulation cycle resulting in irregular menstrual period. And you may be aware that a woman is most fertile during ovulation and the first few days following ovulation. This is when the egg is released from the ovary and this happens exactly 14 days before a menstrual cycle.

The chances of a woman getting conceived are highest if she indulged in sexual intercourse during ovulation. But if you have irregular menstrual periods, you will not get a clue when you are going to ovulate. Now you can blame stress for this mess.

Now that you are aware of the association between infertility and stress, let’s find out some of the best ways to relieve stress. Practicing yoga is a good way to fight stress. Yoga focuses on different breathing techniques to keep your body and mid in a relaxed state. In fact yoga is also recommended for pregnant women and there are special yoga classes for expectant moms.

Another stress buster is exercising. You can take up any form of exercise from swimming to walking and from aerobics to dancing. Apart from fighting stress, it will also keep you fit and healthy.