Is Stress Preventing you from Getting Pregnant?
When couples are having trouble conceiving, stress can increase. Whether trying to conceive naturally or going through IUI (intrauterine insemination) or IVF (In vitro fertilization), stress can rear its ugly head and cause problems. According to the American Psychological Association, stress can negatively affect conception. This is because the mind-body connection is strong. When we are under stress, our bodies go into a sympathetic state and releases stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Being in a sympathetic state, or “fight or flight” state, shuts down our reproduction. Think of our primitive ancestors who are “running from a bear.” Digestion, reproduction and other body systems get suppressed so that we use all of our energy to “fight or flight.” This is how our biology works to try to save us. The opposite of the sympathetic response is the parasympathetic response, also known as the “rest and digest” state. It is in this state when are bodies release calming neurotransmitters such as serotonin and we can recuperate and relax. Digestion improves, reproduction improves, and we are relaxed. No one is free of stress, but the human body has an innate wisdom to help overcome it. Conception is not impossible with high stress levels, but chances of conceiving improve with stress reduction. We cannot always change our stressors, but we can change how our bodies respond to stress.
At Arizona Natural Medicine, our doctors who specialize in fertility issues use treatments such as acupuncture, adrenal support, botanicals and other stress support to help patients overcome stress as a roadblock to conception. Make an appointment today so that we can assist you in your fertility journey.