Dealing with infertility can be one of the most stressful situations a person can go through. In fact, research has shown that women dealing with fertility issues have levels of stress that rival that of individuals going through cancer treatment. Unfortunately, stress can also negatively impact fertility. Laughter and fertility are shown to have a positive relationship. By relaxing and allowing yourself to enjoy life, you can improve your odds of becoming pregnant.
Stress and Fertility
The words “just relax and it will happen” can be hard for a woman with infertility to hear. If it was that simple, some deep breathing would’ve resulted in a positive pregnancy test long ago. However, there is some truth to the saying. There are a number of reasons stress negatively impacts fertility:
- Couples who are stressed have sex less often
- Individuals who are stressed are more likely to indulge in unhealthy habits such as drinking, smoking and overeating – all of which impact fertility
- High stress levels change hormone levels in the body, which can cause issues with ovulation
- High stress levels may also hinder the production of healthy sperm
Laughter and Fertility
In order to ensure your body is operating efficiently, and to maximize your fertility, you need to manage your stress. This can seem impossible when undergoing fertility care, but can be done by following a few steps:
- Schedule “Me” Time – Take a few minutes each day to do something you enjoy. It doesn't matter if it is reading on the porch, riding a bike, or crafting, take some time to do an activity that is pleasing to you.
- Communicate – When people are stressed they communicate poorly, which results in additional stress. Have “safe” conversations with your partner where you’re both allowed to speak about your feelings without being judged.
- Support – It’s important to have a strong support system that can help you to stay focused and positive. Infertility support groups are perfect for this.
Speak with a fertility expert to learn how your mood is impacting your ability to start a family. The experts at New Hope Fertility Center have a proven track record of looking at the physical and emotional causes of infertility. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank you.