How Can Stress Effect IVF Treatment

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Stress May Cause Infertility  

 Suffering from infertility causes stress and a research study finds that stress may be causing infertility.  For thousands of years stress has been linked to infertility. After all, infertility causes depression, anxiety, feelings of isolation and all that leads to stress.  

The research study found females with high levels of an enzyme, alpha-amylase, that corresponds with stress, have a more difficult time conceiving. 274 women over 6 months of menstrual cycles (or until pregnancy) had salvia samples taken. The research revealed that those with the highest concentration of enzyme during the 1st cycle were 12% less likely to get pregnant that the women with the lower levels.  

Also, women that participated in the study, published in 2010 in the journal Fertility and Sterility, had no prior history of infertility. Women who participated were trying to get pregnant for less than three month or planning to get pregnant.  

If you feel that stress is influencing your chances of getting pregnant, the best way to improve those chances are by managing it. In a research study published in 2003 by the head of the department of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine, 7 out of 8 patients who received stress therapy saw fertility improvements versus the 2 out of 8 who received no help.  

 

Reproductive Health and Wellness Center De-Stress Recommendations  

 With up to 1 in 6 couples struggling with infertility, you are not alone.  Despite the prevalence of infertility, couples don’t share with friends or family, nor do they seek professional help, which could endanger their psychological health.   

At RHWC we not only offer innovative and the most affordable IVF fertility treatments, but also several wellness solutions that will help you de-stress for the best possible results. Here is a list of recommendations for de-stressing during infertility treatments:  

Acupuncture 

Many of our patients seek acupuncture for the relaxing and the calming effects. Many of our patients have found acupuncture treatment to relieve anxiety and stress.  Patients going through IVF treatment will find several benefits too acupuncture. 

Spiritual Guidance 

Our in-house trained Spiritual Director works with our patients to accompany them through  compassion and devout listeningSpiritual counseling can also help control your stress.  

Nutrition  

We work with well-known Orange County nutritionist to make sure you have a well-balanced diet for your fertility treatments. Having a well-balanced nutrition plan may boost your resistance to stress.  

Support Groups 

Our fertility counselors are experts in handling the stress caused by infertility. They also offer support groups with a trained licensed counselor 

Light Exercise 

Working out lightly while getting fertility treatments helps boost chances of getting pregnant and reduces stress. Working out will reduce stress hormones and increase endorphins, which help elevate mood. 

 We provide all these fertility wellness services combined with innovative medical science, all under one roof. The best way to get started is to book a free fertility consultation with our fertility specialists to determine a tailored fertility plan for you. Call or text 949-516-0606 to book a free consultation.  

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