Too Stressed or Nervous To Get Pregnant?

Nervous meaning "can I perform" can definitely impact conception. The alarms, bells, whistles, and sticks turning blue, signaling a woman's ovulation can be a fun game just so long. Then it gets to be a strain on the sexuality of many couples to the point that artificial insemination of partner's sperm may be necessary to just avoid the performance topic all together! We know that stress produces a variety of hormones that wreak havoc on our endocrine system. These stress hormones can produce derangement in the menstrual cycle, so affect ovulation, and derangement in our blood sugar and metabolism, affecting our weight, throw off our biological clock and affect sleep, so we always thought that there must be a link between cortisol levels and conception.In the late 1990s a research group in Australia looked at levels in epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol, and they really couldn't detect differences in those cycles that got pregnant, their study was published in Human Reproduction. But thinking differently one study looked at those having counseling vs those not and those having counseling had better infertility treatment success, so mindful ovulation worked for that small group! In a new study published in Fertility and Sterility looking at couples in Michigan and Texas there again was no difference in the levels of cortisol hormones in the groups who did get pregnant vs the the couples who didn't get pregnant. There was a group of women however that was more likely to conceive if their biomarker alfpha-amylase, measured in saliva, was the lowest. The researchers also found something a bit different about our biologic response to stress. Chronically stressed individuals won't think one day is different than another, but their body will produce stress molecules at a variable rate. And when those stress molecules were the lowest, then in fact there was physiological benefit for conception!Call your gyno she has some answers for you.

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  1. Love that you just covered this topic. I follow your blog and I am having trouble with reproduction. My Doctor had given us a deadline to get pregnant and my ovulation is out of wack. So much stress, but now after reading this makes me feel better.

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