Fertility and Stress

Stress can inhibit fertility for both men and women in various ways.

For men steroid hormones may be activated by stress, resulting in lower levels of sperm production and/or reduced sperm health and quality. Stress is thought to cause lower levels of testosterone in the sperm which affects the sperm health and sperm problems are the main cause of male infertility.

For women stress may result in the nervous system releasing stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, usually associated with the fight or flight response in stressful situations. This can lead to a shutdown of the reproductive system or other hormones being affected, resulting in reduced egg quality and/or delayed egg release.

In addition stress, whether it’s due to everyday life or work, or the result of not conceiving, having fertility tests or fertility treatments can lead to behaviours such as smoking or drinking that are unhelpful for fertility.

The current Coronavirus pandemic is making life in general more stressful for many people. You might be feeling a loss of control over your life or uncertainty about the future.

You may have decided to pause attempts to get pregnant or temporarily stop fertility treatments. Or you may have had the decision over fertility treatments taken out of your hands during the current situation. Any of these could be adding further to your stress levels.

At these times it’s more important than ever to try to manage and deal with the stress you’re experiencing. The following tips might be helpful as coping strategies for stress:

  • Connect with people – keep in touch with family, friends and your support network.

  • Maintain a healthy diet – eat well balanced and regular meals to avoid blood sugar imbalances.

  • Exercise daily – make use of the opportunity take exercise outdoors once a day, or exercise at home.

  • Keep to your routine – as much as possible keep to your usual daily routine, this includes regular sleep and waking up times.

  • Set daily goals – achieving these can give a sense of control in your life.

  • Learn relaxation techniques – it is not possible to be stressed and relaxed at the same time.

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol – these can aggravate stress and anxiety.

At Muma Nurture we are following the government guidelines and the office is temporarily closed, but we are still "here" for you. Please contact us to find out what we can do for you. New clients are still being taken on using zoom, and for more information regarding this you can Whatsapp Muma Nurture on: 07460775495, or email: contact@mumanurture.org.

We understand how anxiety can be bought about through this huge change which is why we feel it is extremely important that we are still here to offer our support and service. Please do ensure you are taking the time out to look after yourselves during this period, as it can be so easy to get caught up in the situation and forget about one of the most important things; your own wellbeing.

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