Stress and the Reproductive System
I am a firm believer in keeping our bodies in good health and perfect balance and by doing this our bodies should work effectively. However, it seems that having a baby, which is one of the most natural things for us to do can prove to be a problem for 1 in 4 of us.
Couples are usually encouraged to give it a year especially if the contraceptive pill has been used before seeking any help or having any tests done, but usually during this time the worry and doubts start to appear.
The slightest stress can affect the reproductive system but the last words you want to hear by well meaning friends is “try to relax and don’t think about it” when that is all you can think about. It is on your mind day and night.
If after a year of trying for a baby nothing has happened this adds even more stress and anxiety, especially if there is nothing medically wrong to indicate why pregnancy is not happening.
It is at this stage that many couples decide to go down the IVF route. This in itself is gruelling, and for some, it is extremely difficult and adds even more pressure. The BBC & Panorama reported that people having IVF are offered extra “add-ons” at an extra cost, some paying up to £70k extra, but there is no solid evidence that these extra add-ons are even effective and for most of us these sums are out of our price range.
Sadly, the financial pressures and stress involved in trying for a baby lead many to give up and in some cases the relationship breaks down.
Stress of any kind is exhausting for both the body and mind. This can impact the menstrual cycle, with irregular cycles, heavier more painful periods even early menopausal symptoms can occur under chronic stress.
If you are thinking of conceiving or are worried about your fertility please contact me to see how I may be able to help. Using homeopathy, I work with you using a gentle, safe and non-toxic form of medicine to help with the rebalancing of female sex hormones, especially after longterm contraceptive use. I can also help with PCOS, previous miscarriages and general female health.
I also help with any stress that men might be experiencing in the trying for a baby process because if stress continues for a long time, testosterone levels can interfere with sperm production.
If you would like to chat about any of the above to see how I may be able to help you please contact me for a FREE 15 minute chat to discuss how I may be able to help you.