Stress is a common aspect of daily life. Women constantly juggle a career, housework, friends and family in their busy schedules. When a woman decides to settle down and start a family it brings new stresses and questions. When is the best time of the month to conceive? Should it have been happening sooner or am I on track? How long is too long to wait to seek fertility treatment if I’m not getting pregnant? When searching for those answers many find it to be an embarrassing topic which makes them fearful to approach their doctor or physician right away.
A blog by Alice Domar, PhD, Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF, May 16, 2014
It makes intuitive sense that stress should lead to decreases in fertility. It has certainly been observed in the animal model. If you stress animals by crowding them or limiting their access to food, their fertility rates decrease. When you put them in more comfortable surroundings or give them more food, they quickly begin to reproduce normally.
a blog by Suzanne Rico, March 19, 2014 When someone tells you the key to getting pregnant is to “just relax” you probably want to grab them by the neck and shake a few times—and of course your stress level goes through the roof because, damn it, it’s just not that easy!
But the research does not lie. A 2010 study showed that women with high levels of a stress-indicating enzyme in their saliva were twelve times less likely to get pregnant than women with low levels. And this carried over to women with no infertility issues: higher stress biomarkers were linked to increased time to get pregnant.
I have a lovely client who has had an incredibly difficult time becoming a mom. She gets pregnant easily but loses each pregnancy somewhere along the way. Her losses include early ones and late ones, an ectopic and a third trimester loss. I’ve heard many painful stories in my decades as an infertility counselor, but hers is among the most challenging. And so it makes me all the sadder to hear her say that one of the hardest parts of her experience is “seeing the mean side of myself.”
As a client of CNY Fertility Center, I have read both of Dr. Robert Kiltz's books, The Fertile Secret: 10 Steps to Living Your Most Fertile Life and The Art of Living With Intent. I’m constantly in awe of the grace Dr. Kiltz steps through life with. He is a warm, generous man with an amazingly positive, holistic outlook on life. I turned to him for help when I decided to write an article on dealing with holiday stress, knowing I wouldn’t get the traditional answers everyone writes about. He did not disappoint.
Today, is the Great American Smokeout, when smokers use this date to either quit smoking or begin their smoking cessation plan. You will see the campaign everywhere as volunteers challenge people to quit or remain quit. As a former smoker, I can’t say this date ever meant much to me. In fact, it was just another year that I failed to meet the expectation. When I finally got onboard the quitting train, I couldn’t breathe, I smelled like an ashtray, my thyroid was wiped out and my ovaries aged four times what they should have.
Yoga is a holistic practice of physical poses to align the mind, body and spirit. The majority of the types of yoga are concerned with the mental and spiritual aspect of the practice more than the physical activity. Each individual that chooses yoga can reap the benefits of flexibility and strength. Yoga is non-competitive, and all that practice it are equal regardless of experience or ability. Classes typically taught at a gym may be focused on the physical benefits, while those taught in connection with a fertility clinic will devote their efforts to the relief of stress and increased blood flow to the reproductive organs.