STRESS & INFERTILITY

Health & Nutrition - - STAR TIME - Dr Avan Dad­ina, Ob­stet­rics & Gy­nae­col­o­gist

Re­port­edly, stress in women causes infertility is­sues. Please high­light on this. Vi­mala Menon, Chen­nai

Stress def­i­nitely con­trib­utes to infertility. It al­ters the hor­monal pro­file and causes the men­strual cy­cles to al­ter too, lead­ing to poor de­vel­op­ment of the ovum and some cy­cles without ovu­la­tion, thus caus­ing infertility. Stress can cause a per­son to gain weight and this again af­fects the fer­til­ity ad­versely. Stress can cause high blood pres­sure and lead to di­a­betes mel­li­tus, which can cause infertility in men and women. Some peo­ple smoke to re­lieve stress but this fur­ther leads to infertility by re­duc­ing sperm count and qual­ity, and im­bal­ance of hor­mones in women. Stressed women with poor sleep pat­tern also face al­tered men­strual cy­cles and hor­monal im­bal­ances. Emo­tional stress and anx­i­ety to get preg­nant can it­self be a trig­ger and cause for infertility. Of­ten, when a cou­ple is try­ing to con­ceive and doesn’t, they get stressed, but as soon as they take a break and go for a va­ca­tion, they come back pleas­antly sur­prised to know that they have con­ceived.

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