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There are more than 7 million American women age 15-44 who have trouble conceiving for one reason or another. And, naturally, most of them - and their partners - have endured infertility stress from time to time. That's understandable when you consider the burden on couples to have a child soon after getting married (or involved), especially if they happen to move in conservative circles or knowing that their biological clock is ticking away. Which Comes First: The Stress or the Infertility? There has long been a debate about the relationship between infertility and stress. On one hand, you have individuals who contend that infertility causes stress on the couples involved. The visits to the clinic, the tests performed on the body and the treatments endured as well as the seemingly interminable waiting for results, all contribute to the stress you and your partner will experience during the duration of the infertility treatment cycle. This is what is known simply as infertility stress. On the other hand, you have persons who assert that stress (or pressure) itself causes infertility. Pressure is not just mental; it's real as physical symptoms (like sweating, shaking, elevated respiration and heart rates) are also experienced. Many studies prove that excessive stress can drop sperm count and motility in men and reduce the quantity of harvested and fertilized eggs in women. So, what causes what (chicken or the egg) between pressure and infertility? Well, it may be said that excessive amounts of pressure affect infertility in a different way that infertility affects stress levels. Therefore, infertility stress may be considered an interdependent result of pressure and infertility coming together to further complicate the already complicated world of fertility, or the lack thereof. How Stress Affects Infertility Let's assume that your infertility is caused by pressure. Scientists deduce the reason behind this is that the same part of the brain regulates the release of both the stress and sex hormones in the body. Thus, when your stress levels are high, your ovulation and menstruation will be adversely affected and, hence, so will your fecundity. Also, pressure is said to be the catalyst for other unhealthy habits like smoking, ingestion of narcotics, adoption of poor diet, lesser engagement in exercise and reduced number of hours slept. As you well know by now, all these unhealthy lifestyle habits adversely affect fertility in men and women.


How to Lessen Stress Levels Fortunately, there are many ways to cope with infertility pressure in both its forms. First, you should avoid stressors in your life such as extra responsibilities and undesirable situations. Second, you have to improve on your communication with your partner. Admittedly, infertility treatments will cast doubts on the relationship so it is important to be open about your feelings and thoughts in almost every step of the way. Third, you have to set aside time for yourself so that you can become more in tune as to the reasons why you want a child in the first place. There is no room for egos in infertility treatments. Fourth, consider joining a support group so you are able to express (and relieve) your infertility pressure in productive ways. Stress and infertility are largely inseparable. The decision to let one affect the other rests in your hands.

Copyright (c) 2010 Chris Jones Chris D Jones researches medical matters for a living. For more information about infertility stress and related issues, visit: http://signs-of-infertility.com/additional-articles/infertility-stress/

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