Stress Can Impair Fertility – Health Tech

Approximately 15% of couples consulting for infertility have no apparent physiological cause that can explain the problem. Some of these couples could be affected by stress, falling into a vicious cycle: stress causes infertility and infertility causes stress. These are some of the things that came to our attention when we went to an infertility clinic to get ZIFT gender selection for our next child.

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To overcome this, we need emotional support and at the later end of this article some health and medical technology advancements. Although infertility is not a health problem that endangers life, having children is considered by most people as an essential goal of life and do not cause stress.

There is some evidence that stress can impair fertility, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. High levels of stress can change hormone levels in women, causing irregular ovulation and spasms in the fallopian tubes, which can impair fertility. Also it has been found that in patients with high levels of stress contractions occur, and it may affect the implantation of the embryo. In men, high levels of stress can decrease sperm production.

A couple may think that your infertility is caused by stress, if:

  • Have loss of interest in regular activities
  • Feel depressed for long periods of time
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking of something else other than your infertility problem
  • High levels of anxiety
  • If you decrease the ability to accomplish tasks
  • If you have changes in your sleep habits (difficulty falling asleep, waking up early
  • If you have changes in appetite or weight (increase or decrease in weight)
  • Increasing the use of drugs or alcohol
  • If you have thoughts of death or suicide
  • If you have persistent thoughts of pessimism or guilt, bitterness or anger

In addition to the physiological aspects that may be altered by stress, as already mentioned, there are other problems such as unemployment, which can cause a crisis in life that makes couples often have low sexual intercourse, what causes that have less likelihood of achieving pregnancy.

When thinking about other factors?

According to the World Health Organization,  a couple is considered infertile who after twelve months of intercourse without contraception, pregnancy has failed. After this time you should see a fertility specialist.

An important factor to consider is the age of the woman, as the quality and quantity of eggs decreased progressively after 30 years and dramatically after 40. It has recently been shown that male fertility also decreases with age. After 35 years, the percentage of motile sperm fell by 2% each year.


It’s recommend that:

  • If the woman’s age is between 35 and 38, wait only six months to go to the fertility specialist.
  • Come immediately to the fertility center if the woman is 38 years or more
  • Come immediately to the fertility center if the couple has a known cause of infertility, including: irregular periods, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, if the man has had varicocele, mumps, or mumps, cryptorchidism or know you have low concentration and mobility of sperm.

How to treat these cases of infertility due to stress?

  • Communicate with your partner
  • Practicing friendship
  • Distracted, going to the movies, the beach, etc..
  • Playing sports
  • Doing yoga or meditation

Cognitive Therapy a new medical technology advancement, which is a modification therapy thinking that establishes the relationship of the content of thought, emotions and behavior. To this should go to a professional counselor or a support group that is recommended by your doctor. The treatment recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is cognitive therapy. Recent studies have shown that some cases can be solved only cognitive therapy, and in cases that require assisted reproduction techniques has been demonstrated that couples are treated simultaneously with cognitive therapy have higher probability of pregnancy.

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