A Fertility journey is a tough hike. Navigating through fertility issues, learning to listen to your body, trying to get pregnant, and assisted reproductive treatments can take a toll on your mind, body, and soul.
Women and men with infertility issues have an increased risk for developing chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, the leading causes of death in the United States.
Stress may cause reproductive issues through hormonal imbalances, irregular cycles, increased heart rates, insomnia, and even digestive issues in the body. During a stressful time, our nervous system kicks into survival mode, a fight or flight response in the body, it shuts down systems that are unnecessary for survival. Women who have infertility issues have also often stated issues with anxiety, depression and stress management.
This can be a terrible cycle to get stuck in; the fertility issue brings emotional pain, which causes more stress on the nervous system, further impeding on our ability to relax.
In 2010, a study was done by Oxford University and the National Institutes of Health indicating that 25% of women with highest levels of alpha-amylase (a substance that is found in saliva which is linked to stress response) had more troubles conceiving than those with lower alpha-amylase.
In 2018 Boston University’s School of Public Health found that women who experienced higher levels of stress had lower rates of pregnancy and conception.
Infertility can sometimes shed light on other issues that may be occurring in the body. It is a good indication that the natural balance of the body is in need of some attention.
Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) may have issues with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that can cause irregular menses and ovulation, hair loss, acne, and depression.
Men with infertility can face a greater risk of developing issues such as diabetes, blood sugar imbalances, and heart disease. Hormonal and environmental factors play a major role in our diagnosis. Metabolic disease is another issue that many men learn about whilst going through the fertility blood work, hormonal evaluations, and sperm health analysis.
All the fertility testing brings valuable information about our health and future concerns to be proactive about.
Although we cannot change our DNA, there are many health issues we can address and change through lifestyle, eating a well balanced diet and nutrition, regular exercise and stress reduction techniques.
If you begin to notice any of these behaviors, it may be time to check in with your stress levels and take action.
– Irregular sleeping patterns: sleeping too much or too little
– Eating habits: emotional eating, not giving enough time to eat well
– Exercising: exerting yourself too much or not finding the time to exercise
– Alcohol, Smoking, or Drug dependencies
– Dehydration: too much coffee or not enough water
– Lower libido, lack of interest in sex
These are all indicators of high stress levels in the body, but those high stress levels have a heavy impact on our fertility and overall well being.
Acupuncture is gaining popularity as an option to support the body through these extremely stressful times in life. It supports the body’s processes and function, help to regulate metabolism, reproductive cycles, digestion, and issues with hormonal imbalances. We can promote relaxation and stress relief for the nervous system, easing emotional strain and pressure.
Call us today to get on a healthier road to fertility! We look forward to helping you feel your best! (631)424-8602