fertility, fertility preservation, IVF risks, mental health, mental illness, perinatal, pregnancy

Does it really help to “relax” when you are trying to get pregnant?

stress

If only I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked that question!  I think the evidence on this is really contentious, and there are so many variables that make it a really hard question to answer definitively, but one thing is certain – telling someone who is stressed and upset that they should relax almost guarantees that they won’t!

I think we can all benefit from stress reduction strategies – there would be very few of us who could honestly say we wouldn’t feel better if we had a bit less stress in our lives.  When we are dealing with infertility, being stressed makes the experience even more difficult and distressing, so stress reduction strategies are definitely beneficial.  I am adding this article which does provide some of the perspectives about stress and fertility – but I think the best answer here is the same as always, if in doubt – ask your fertility specialist whether they think that stress is a factor in your case. http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/conception/fertility/does-stress-impact-on-fertility-20161109-gslexs

 

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