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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6 Myths and Realities of IVF

Already 5 million babies have been born through the technique of in vitro fertilization or IVF. This technique and many others that are part of the medical technology industry and used in fertility clinics. We will explain some myths and facts about this method of assisted fertilization that has helped many families to have a child.

Anxiety and depression increase infertility

This is a myth. Since several studies have said that stress makes a woman less likely to conceive. The latest research was published in June 2012 in the journal Fertility and Sterility, led by clinical psychologist of the center for human reproduction of San Francisco, University of California, Lauri A. Pasch. She and her colleagues found no difference in the probability of conception among women who had symptoms of depression and anxiety compared to those who were not stressed.

Another UK study examined whether mental health of 339 women who wanted to conceive naturally had something to do with your ability to get pregnant. The result? They found no relationship.

Unable to conceive can cause depression

This is a reality. The psychologist Pasch found in their research that 60 percent of women who failed to conceive after an IVF cycle showed signs of anxiety and 44 percent had clinical depression (compared with 26 percent before treatment). If you take more than a year trying to conceive a baby and notice that you are very sad, discouraged or anxious, please consult your doctor, as there is treatment and need to know you can beat the moment you are living.

IVF is only used for women with blocked or damaged fallopian tubes

This is a myth. In vitro fertilization was used initially for those women whose fallopian tubes were blocked, damaged or missing, but currently its application extends to infertility caused by endometriosis, male factor, causes immunological and unexplained infertility.

Artificial insemination is the same as IVF

This is not true . The artificial insemination is the introduction of semen into the uterus through a special cannula to improve the chances of pregnancy. The FIV , in contrast, is a method of assisted reproduction in which sperm and oocytes are attached outside the body in a laboratory dish. If fertilization occurs, the resulting embryo is transferred into the uterus where it will be implanted alone.

There is a relationship between more birth defects and IVF

Although researchers are not sure why, recent research from Nanjing Medical University Chinese university does indicate a higher incidence of birth defects among babies born through assisted reproduction, either by IVF or ICSI. After evaluating to 124,000 births found that babies conceived through in vitro method were 37% more likely to suffer some kind of birth defect. Experts say that even should investigate further.


If you utilize IVF means you have twins, triplets or more

This is a myth. vitro fertilization is not synonymous with multiple pregnancies. Fact, many doctors are reluctant to transfer more than one embryo for women under 35 years. In many countries even prohibit transfer more than one or two embryos per cycle. There is a greater incidence of multiple pregnancies among those undergoing treatments to stimulate ovulation in combination with artificial insemination between those undergoing IVF.

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