Fertility and stress: a bad combination

Although it is not news that stress affects health in all its forms, and fertility in particular, a new study has concluded that the women under stress are reduced their chances of pregnancy by 40 percent. The work was carried out by the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and Emory University in Atlanta, USA, and published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology.

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The study included 400 women 40 years old or younger, whom they were recorded their levels of daily stress and were evaluated on a scale of 1 to 4.

Also there were contemplated their menstruation, contraceptive methods, frequency of sex with their partner, alcohol, caffeine and snuff, factors that can affect the success of conception. During the period of the study, they were taking urine samples.

The follow-up lasted until women were able to conceive or until spent eight menstrual cycles on average, and the result was that to more stress during their ovulatory window, the less chance of pregnancy by up to 40 percent compared with that they were more relaxed and less stressed. Moreover, among those who were stressed in general, the percentage amounted to 45 percent.

As you could see, the negative impact of stress on fertility was keys in ovulation and this effect remained even adjusting another set of values such as body mass index (BMI), age, alcohol consumption or the frequency of sexual intercourse.

Of this work is detached then the importance of the psychological and emotional well-being in women when looking for a child, being as relevant as obesity, drinking alcohol or smoking.

So you know, if while you’re trying to get pregnant, and you do not succeed, the better that you check your levels of stress, and relax. Reduces anxiety, nerves and seeks to do activities that help you find a better internal balance, such as meditation or yoga.