Stress damages fertility and drives away conception

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Lo stress is not good for fertility. If you want to have a child, my dear, forget your daily worries at least for a while, say goodbye to what irritates you and dedicate yourself to yourself (and to some healthy shopping session).

In short, for that belly to become a baby bump and for nine months you have to deal with nausea and diaper change courses, stay away from any source of stress (including mother-in-law).

This is underlined by a study presented at the congress of the European Society of Reproduction and Embryology (Eshre) in Lisbon and published on Human Reproduction. A group of American researchers (Ohio State University College of Medicine, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Texas A&M Health Science Center) have practically found an association between high levels of stress and increased the time it takes a woman to conceive a child and the risk of infertility.

The scholars involved 501 couples before they conceived a baby and without any previously acclaimed fertility problems and collected saliva samples from the women the morning after they were involved in the study and the morning of the day following the arrival of their first menstruation after. enrollment in the experiment. In this way, the presence of two hormones generally related to stress was detected: cortisol and alpha-amylase.

According to findings, women with the highest levels of alpha-amylase, a stress hormone associated with the sympathetic nervous system, had a 29% lower rate of getting pregnant and an increasing risk of infertility at the end of the investigation. In contrast, the researchers found no connection between cortisol, generally associated with stress, and pregnancy and were unable to specifically relate stress to the inability to conceive, but still identified two common mechanisms among the women analyzed. in research.



The first principle that emerged is that women under stress are less inclined to have sex than women who lead a much more peaceful life. Then it was found that high levels of stress negatively affect ovulation.

"This reduction in fertility - explain the authors of the study - translates into a more than 2-fold increase in the risk of infertility among these women “.

The study may need further testing, but what is certain is that, while it is true that relaxing activities such as yoga e meditation they are effective for the health of our organism as a whole, it is easy to believe that they are also effective for the chances of conceiving (provided that you are not too advanced in age and do not smoke).



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