Does stress affect fertility?

In the modern world, stress is far more common as a result of external triggers. Like work, family, traffic and internal triggers like emotions, fear, anxiety, etc. Reduce the stress on own as the body does not like being in it. However, any prolonged and uncontrolled stress has adverse side effects on our body. Distress and discomfort in a person leads to STRESS. Can lead to many mental health problems like anxiety and depression and some physical illness such as cardiovascular disease. Know how Stress affect Fertility.

The natural process of bearing a child is fertility and affected by various reasons.

Stress affect Fertility

When a couple, in spite of having unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer are unable to conceive a child, it is called infertility. There are many reasons for stress affect fertility.

Infertility is for males and females. Up to 15% of couples are infertile. There are many other factors which can affect the fertility process; one of the major factors seen is stress.

Everybody suffers from work and family responsibilities in day to day life. When someone feels stressed by something going around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood, these chemicals affect the general well-being of our health, which ultimately leads to infertility.

Research has indicated that fertility is inversely proportional to the stress level, i.e.,  if the stress levels are high, it has a negative effect on fertility levels; Stress directly affects the reproductive system by releasing hormones in our body which leads to hormonal imbalance.

stress affect fertility

Stress occur due to hormonal imbalance and in both males and females. For females, hormones like cortisol lead to anovulation (No egg production), and in males, it affects testosterone levels, which can reduce sperm count & motility and semen quality.

It has been observed that in around 40% of infertile couples, where the male partner is afflicted with infertility, stress is the major cause leading to reduced sperm and semen quality.

Couples are prone to depressions due to stress caused by sexual dysfunction due to reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, delayed or inhibited ejaculation.

Stress affect fertility – Prevention

It’s very important to handle stress. Handling stress is easy by making lifestyle changes and the way you deal with your problems, thoughts, and emotions. There are few steps you can take to manage stress so, you can be happier, healthier and more productive

Eat a balanced and healthy diet, which is rich in whole grains, omega 3 fatty acids like flax seeds, fish and soya beans; try to avoid high-fat diet, heavily processed food.

Exercise daily for “just the right” amount. Physical activity will help you lower down your stress level and boost fertility.

Hobbies: Learning something new or involving new hobbies help us improve our mood. If you learn something or when you are doing something, which you like the most, your body creates a complex chemical substance which helps elevate your mood and sense of well-being.

Music: Listening to good music one feels good and viz-a-viz. So good, happy music not only helps us change our mood but will also help us change in our behavior.

If you still feel, that after all of the above measures, you are still not able to cope up with stress, it is always suggested to consult your doctor as they will help you to understand the severity of your concerns and provide a better diagnosis, followed by relevant treatment.

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