When starting out on your conception journey you’ll be eagerly thinking about things to come.
It’s best not to go online and read the stories of couples who’ve been trying for XX number of years without success, or couples who have tried everything and still no baby. Reading stories about others who have struggled will do nothing for your stress levels.
Does stress affect my chance of conceiving?
A study conducted at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is trying to assess whether stress has a physical impact on fertility. We all know that when we’re stressed we tend to…
- Sleep irregularly
- Eat too much or too unhealthily
- Reduce exercise
- Drink more alcohol
- Give in to cravings such as smoking
- Consume more caffeine
- Lose interest in having sex
…but Germane Buck Louis, PhD, is carrying out research to find out if stress is having a more direct impact on our fertility than we think.
Alpha-amylase is an enzyme best knows to help the body digest starch, but it is also an indicator of stress. Alpha-amylase is secreted when the nervous system produces compounds known as catecholamines in response to stress.
Germane Buck Louis, PhD, of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found that catecholamines slows the passage of the fertilized egg to the uterus. Meaning if you’re tracking your ovulation cycle, the egg may be delayed in its journey to meet the sperm and therefore fertilisation can not happen.
The findings concluded that taking steps to reduce stress may help fertile women achieve a pregnancy. Read more HERE.
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