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Originally published June 15 2005

Researchers find stress can have negative impact on fertility

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

Stress is already known to weaken immune system function and have a negative impact on quality of life, but Drs. Allen Morgan and Douglas Rabin explain in a article that stress can also reduce fertility levels in women and men.

The demands of a womans professional and private life mean that they are constantly hurrying to meet commitments. Most of us instinctively feel that stress has a negative impact on our quality of life. Dr. Allen Morgan and Dr. Douglas Rabin are reproductive medicine physicians in New Jersey who explain that, what is not widely known is that it (stress) also has a detrimental impact on fertility. Women who are constantly under stress produce prolactin, cortisol, and other hormones, which can interfere with or even block regular ovulation. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) defines stress as, "any event that a person perceives as threatening or harmful." Book "quiet time" in your calendar for yourself. Another way of reducing stress is by adopting a healthy lifestyle. The right nutrition will keep your body in balance and give you greater sense of well-being. If you are still smoking, you should be aware of how much cigarettes can reduce your chances of getting pregnant. And the value of a good night's sleep is not to be underestimated (most people need seven to eight hours). Lack of sleep not only makes getting through the day an ordeal, but also puts your body into stress mode. In rare cases, extreme stress can interfere with normal ovulation in women and may reduce sperm production in men. Stress may lead to a problem with erections, which of course interferes with a couple's ability to conceive. However, while it's possible for stress to cause infertility, it's far more common for infertility to cause stress, says Dr. Rabin. Their goal is to help women increase their chances of conception by reducing stress levels prior to and after fertility treatments, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and embryo transfer after In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

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