It’s becoming more well known that emotions can bring about physical changes to our body so to hear that one particular can damage the chances of becoming pregnant doesn’t come as a complete surprise.
However the chances are so dramatic that it really makes you stop and think twice. According to the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences researchers they’ve found that women who report being stressed during their ovulatory window were approximately 40-percent less likely to conceive.
The information was published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology and broke down reports by 400 women 40-years-old and younger. The women kept journals and noted their stress levels on a scale of 1 to 4. The journals also contained other habits such as menstruation, intercourse, contraception, alcohol, caffeine and smoking. Urine samples were also collected. The women were followed till the conclusion of the study or until they fell pregnant.
Women who report being stressed during their ovulatory window were approximately 40-percent less likely to conceive.
According to uoflnews “Researchers calculated mean stress levels during each phase of the menstrual cycle, with day 14 as the estimated time of ovulation. They found the negative effect of stress on fertility was only observed during the ovulatory window, and was true after adjustments for other factors…”
Epidemiologist Kira Taylor, Ph.D. says “The results imply that women who wish to conceive may increase their chances by taking active steps towards stress reduction such as exercising, enrolling in a stress management program or talking to a health professional.”
The stress isn’t over though, The study also found that women who did conceive experienced an increase in stress at the end of the month in which they became pregnant. Taylor hypothesizes this could either be due to the stress of taking a pregnancy test and finally discovering they’re pregnant, or most likely the increased stress was the result of changes in hormone levels caused by pregnancy itself.
Taylor hopes this serves as a wakeup call on the effects that emotions can have on fertility. Never take your mental health for granted! It’s just as important to take care of.