Stress & Infertility when trying to Conceive
Stress and infertility in women when trying to conceive is a massive issue. Many people don’t even think to wonder ‘does stress affect conception.’ But, here’s the big, and yes, scary, truth about trying to get pregnant.
And this goes for men and women. But as women have so many more moving parts, and their parts take so much longer to rebuild, the effect of stress on conception for women, is greater than for men. In our experience. We’ve written about stress and health effects in our blog.
Karen Botha MAR
Your Association of Reflexologist’s Therapist
Questions & Answers
Here’s the deal.
Your body only has 100% energy. It can’t have any more. Expert research shows that the average usage for our body for a mildly active woman or man splits as follows:
*60% of the body’s daily energy is spent maintaining our resting metabolism. This means, digesting our food, processing our blood and nutrients around our body, that kind of thing.
*32% is spent on the physical activity. This can be moving around, but also don’t forget, when you sit at your keyboard, your hands are moving. This all falls under this category.
*8% is on thermic effects, so keeping you warm.
That’s already at 100%. Now, as we’ve said, built into that is a ‘normal’ level of stress. Running for the bus, that type of thing. But. When we start to deal with the chronic effects of stress causing prolonged levels of cortisol this:
*raise our heart rate
*increase our minds activity
*make us jumpy
*stop us from sleeping
These examples mean there isn’t enough resource, we’re already running at 100%. And don’t forget, we can cause stress too. So we generally think of stress happening to us such as heavy work schedule etc, but taking drugs and other lifestyle factors we make by choice also increase the stress load on our system.
So now our system has to pull energy from other resources.
That’s when it doesn’t matter how often you have sex, how many fertility testing kits you buy or what your temperature is. You are going to have problems conceiving and struggle to carry a baby full term because there isn’t the energy to create another life.
Infertility isn’t life threatening. And when our fight-or-flight hormones are triggered like it is when we suffer with stress levels, our body considers this to be a threat to life. It needs energy to prepare us to flee. It needs energy to help our body break down food that we’ve often over consumed because we can’t ‘think’ about eating properly. We don’t have the headspace.
This all means that the energy that would keep our fertility firing away at full speed is compromised. Our body, smart as it is, pulls from this resource to feed the areas that need extra support. It’s fire fighting with everything it has open to it to deal with levels of stress. This may mean if your situation remains the same, the harsh fact is, you are less likely to conceive. Or carry your baby full term. And so, this is how we our fertility is affected by stress when trying to conceive.
So, here’s how we’re going to help you.
Firstly, you need to commit to weekly reflexology sessions for infertility. Certainly at the start until we get on top of the issues you’re facing. Then once you’re feeling better, and you’ll know this yourself, we can knock back the frequency if you choose to.
During your infertility reflexology sessions we may spend a lot of time talking things out. Working out what your key issues are and understanding easy fixes. This will always fit into your lifestyle and your relationship with your partner and family.
When you make these small adapts, you’ll already feel more healthy.
At the same time as we’re doing all of this, Karen your certified MAR reflexologist, who is also trained and experienced in fertility will be working with acupressure points on your feet. These help your body to physically realign back to the ideal percentage breakdown.
This is how we support you in dealing with the physiological effects of a great deal of stress on conception.
It’s not a magical wonder cure, but it is effective for stress, improving sleep, re-balancing your hormonal system. And therefore allowing your body to do what it wants to naturally do, which is have the energy to get pregnant.
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To book, or have a chat with us, please text us first on 07757 946023 and we’ll happily chat through what you need as soon as we’re free. Otherwise please book online with the system you’ll find at the bottom of this page.
I'm having infertility treatment (IVF, IUI, Clomid etc) but I am under psychological stress. Can you still help?
Yes, there is still the same link between stress and infertility and the last thing you want to be doing is going through a finite number of IVF treatments knowing the relationship between stress and infertility. We work with your fertility doctors to adapt your treatment to give you the best possible outcome. We can even help you in understanding your infertility report as well as reducing stress.
Our clients find that this works well. Not only do you know that you are doing everything you can, but, within the infertility counselling which is included. You also have a safe place to talk through all the confused and volatile emotions you may experience during your IVF treatment. We’re all told, ‘relax and it will happen’ from well meaning people. But, do they understand? The effectiveness of being able to speak frankly and privately to someone who understands, before we even start with the massive benefits of fertility massage and fertility reflexology is not to be underestimated. Particularly now we understand that high levels of stress impacts fertility prospects.
I'm over 40 can you help?
Yes, our fertility reflexology and fertility massage combined clients report an improvement in their egg quality. This is when they come for weekly sessions over a sustained period. We also help you with your mindset, you can read more about that here. The important thing here is to throw everything at it because time is limited. So, while we understand that there is a stress related risk of infertility, at this age, we’re looking at the dreaded internal clock ticking. We can also help you with any associated anxiety and depression.
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