As March winds up, I've been pondering all things spring. College Spring Break comes to mind. Which leads me to the image of us infertile women on the phone with the travel agent booking our Spring Break of sorts.
KIMBERLY SORANNO, a 39-year-old Brooklynite undergoing an in vitro fertilization cycle as part of her quest to become pregnant, had gone to her share of yoga classes, but never one like that held on a recent Tuesday night in a reception area of the New York University Fertility Center. There were no deep twists or headstands; just easy “restorative” poses as the teacher, Tracy Toon Spencer, guided the participants — most of them women struggling to conceive — to let go of their worries.
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What exactly happens to our bodies when we are stressed? Why does this impact our reproductive ability? It's a simple and surprising answer, and with this answer you can improve your health anytime, anywhere.
Women with high salivary alpha-amylase levels have reduced chances of conceiving
Elevation of a stress biomarker, salivary alpha-amylase, is associated with a reduction in a woman's chances of conceiving during the fertile part of her monthly cycle, according to research published online Aug. 5 in Fertility and Sterility.
Research suggests the two conditions may be linked
Even as more and more fertility clinics adopt stress-management programs like yoga, cognitive therapy and biofeedback, the role of stress in infertility remains a matter of debate. Some experts still recite an old maxim: while infertility undoubtedly causes stress, stress does not cause infertility.
Now researchers suggest that the two conditions may indeed be linked.
I am addicted to lavender. While I’ve never been able to find clinical data to support this, it’s widely related in healing communities that chronic pain patients in lavender-colored rooms scented with lavender do much better than their counterparts. I do know that lavender essential oil helps me relax and when I sprinkle a bit on the DH, I believe he does become a bit more helpful . . .
But seriously, did you know the quickest way to relax is to use your senses?