Countless studies have sought to prove or disprove the relationship between stress and infertility or stress and pregnancy outcomes. Some say stress can impact fertility, can lead to pregnancy complications, and can cause behavioral problems in the child (exposed to stress hormones in utero) down the road. Others claim moderate amounts of stress do not reduce a woman’s chances of conceiving and do not harm the child in any way.
FertilityAuthority and I are going to celebrate March Madness with an infertile spin. March Infertility Madness will ask for your most hilarious (and, yes, humiliating) stories about infertility. We'll create a bracket, and your polling will decide the eventual winner. Post your stories in the comments section below.
In the spirit of infertility hilarity, I present my own story. Ummm ... In truth, it's one of many.
Wanting a child makes no sense. It means signing up for sleepless nights, strained bank accounts and years of worry. Fortunately for the species, the wanting comes from a part of us that has nothing to do with common sense.
Stress Puts Double Whammy on Reproductive System, Fertility
University of California, Berkeley, researchers have found what they think is a critical and, until now, missing piece of the puzzle about how stress causes sexual dysfunction and infertility.
Scientists know that stress boosts levels of stress hormones - glucocorticoids such as cortisol - that inhibit the body's main sex hormone, gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH), and subsequently suppresses sperm count, ovulation and sexual activity.