Stress and infertility

July 19, 2018

In today’s modern society, almost every individual is dealing with stress. In general, we are also aware that stress is nowhere good in your life. It can affect a lot of things starting from your professional life to personal life. But you will be shocked to know that stress affects your fertility as well.

Believe it or not, stress affects one’s fertility both directly and indirectly. If a person is stressed, he/she is more likely to not have sex and be more prone to intoxications such as alcohol or smoking. Thus, indirectly it becomes a cause of infertility.

Interestingly, our body is equipped to prevent conception in extreme stress. The reason being, stress produces adrenaline which indicates that our body is not ready for pregnancy.  It inhibits the actions of a key reproduction hormone known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) by producing another hormone Gonadotropin-Inhibitory hormone (GnIH) which further reduces any action.

In simpler terms, the GnRH hormone, the good hormone that releases sex hormones is inhibited. This hampers with the process of ovulation in the females while reduces the sperm in the male.

Carrying a pregnancy during stressful times can cause complications and put the fetus in danger. Our body knows this, and thus, creates an environment that is inhospitable to conception.

Therefore, it is suggested to de-stress during the pre-conception period. And here are some ways to do just that.

• Yoga

One of the best solution to de-stress yourself is to participate in yoga. It brings your mind at peace and reduces the stress hormone.


• Change your thinking

You must recognize how you react to stressful times. Recognize if you are going into pessimist thinking and then plan to change it.


• Try journal

One of the best ways to de-stress is to talk to someone or write it down. While one may not be comfortable in talking to someone, you can always write it down and then destroy that sheet. This reduces the pressure.

• Hobby

Hobbies are meant to relax you. It is a time in which all the thoughts go away from your mind and you come at peace.

• Sleep

Lack of sleep is one of the major causes of stress. So, make sure you get enough sleep at night.


In addition to them, you can also participate in acupuncture, take warm baths, meditate or indulge in DIY relaxing crafts.

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