How can stress affect fertility?

Is it true that stress causes infertility? Most likely not, but having a fertility problem is, understandably, stressful. There is no scientific evidence that being under a lot of stress can actually cause infertility.

Experts believe there is a relationship between stress and infertility, but it is secondary to the other causes of infertility. For some women, too much stress can change their hormone levels, which can delay the release of an egg or cause one to not be released at all. If a man experiences prolonged emotional stress, the amount of sperm he produces may decrease. However, there are no conclusive studies to show that the stress you feel in your day-to-day life can cause infertility.

Everyone experiences stress in their lives. Some stress can be a good thing since it can force us to get things done. Situations that cause stress don't necessarily have to be negative, either. For example, getting a promotion or moving to a new home can be positive events in your life but they can also be stressful. However, long-term stress can affect your general health and can cause depression, anxiety, sleeping problems, and decrease your ability to fight off infections.

How you manage your stress can have an impact on your emotional health. Ineffective ways to cope with stress can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle (such as poor eating habits) and can increase the risk of developing other health problems (such as heart disease and stroke).

When it comes to fertility and stress, it is important to keep your emotional health in check. How you cope with infertility or how you manage the potential struggles of fertility treatment can help reduce the impact stress has on your emotions. Though stress does not directly cause infertility, reducing your stress may help make fertility treatment an easier process.

Find effective ways to cope with stress. You may want to consider talking to your doctor or attending counselling sessions with your partner.

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