Stress is a normal part of every day life for most people. It can, however, have detrimental effects on your fertility. Eliminating stress from your life is beneficial, not only for your sanity, but also to increase your odds of conceiving. To reduce stress you can follow some relaxation techniques or make a lifestyle change that will help to avoid high amounts of stress.
Stress affects the ovulation cycle much like it affects the menstrual cycle. Women who are constantly stressed out may not experience regularity in terms of a menstrual cycle. If your menstrual cycle is not regular, neither is your ovulation cycle which can make getting pregnant more difficult. Since ovulation is imperative for conception, lowering your stress levels should be a priority when trying to conceive. To lower your stress levels try the following techniques:
- Deep breathing techniques have been shown to reduce stress while also clearing the mind. It is very easy to let the pressures of life get to us, especially if you are having difficulty conceiving. Deep breathing exercises are also good for your mind and body as well as relieving any tension in the body.
- A nice, warm bath can do wonders for the soul and for your stress level. Fill a tub with warm water, avoiding high temperatures, and surround yourself with soothing noise and scents. Baths are very effective for relieving tension in the body, especially if combined with deep breathing exercises.
- Consider a career change if you currently have a high-stress position. It may be a dramatic change, but if it lowers your stress level, it is better for your body and mind as well as your fertility.
- Keep the intimacy in your relationship. It is so easy to get stressed out when you are not able to conceive right away, but do not lose sight of your partner. Your partner may feel pressured which can also lead to performance problems as well as lack of a sex drive.
The above tips hold true for both men and women. Men who experience high stress have been shown to have lower sperm counts and lower mobility in existing sperm. Maintaining a low-stress environment is beneficial for both of you.
Stress levels can affect your chances of getting pregnant by creating irregular menstrual and ovulation cycles making conception difficult. To decrease your stress level, learn how to relax by using deep breathing techniques, taking a warm bath or consider a possible career change if your job is responsible for your high stress levels. Decreasing your stress levels now will help to increase your fertility and your quality of life.