STRESS & INFERTILITY
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.