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Does stress affect fertility?
Yvette Smith, MD, MPH posted:
Some women's bodies seem very sensitive to stress. You know who you are -- the women who could count on having an abnormal period around finals time in college. And if life gets too crazy, suddenly your period is early or late. So if stress affects your cycles, you might wonder if stress could be affecting your ability to conceive. In your case, stress might affect your fertility in the short haul by affecting ovulation. But only in the short haul.

We've all heard that bit of advice: "Just relax and you'll get pregnant." Although delivered with good intentions, it essentially blames women themselves for not getting pregnant. It implies that worrying about being pregnant is what's actually stopping them from getting pregnant. And all they have to do is relax. If only it were that easy. And of course, we've all heard of someone who adopted a baby and then popped-up pregnant, which just reinforces the idea that once we stop worrying about getting pregnant, everything will fall into place.

But for most of us, the answer is no. Although stress hormones may interact with various bodily systems, stress alone does not impede our fertility. This fact is particularly hard for the large group of women who have unexplained infertility. We all want answers. Even if it means blaming ourselves.

What's your experience? Have you felt like stress or any other emotions might be stopping you from getting pregnant?
metalchick247 responded:
YES...YES this is sooo me right now!!! ughh, I am so worked up because I cannot get an anser to my question...CAN I GET PREGNANT STILL? I am 29 ( soon to be 30) and have been trying for a year to get pregnant. I have had a surgery-LAP/HSP to remove polys in my uterous, however then it took me over 7 weeks to get a period. then I was givin a low grade BC to get my period, which went well, and now I am struggling emoptionally because originally in Dec my FSH was 9.6, and now it is 22!!! How did that happen? I started working out, eating better..and it went UP???? ughh I am just so stressed...I started clomid this week, and just took my last pill last night. I am having hot flashes, and sweats and MOOD swings....:(
I have an underactive thyroid, and high FSH, however still considered young..please I need some kind of positive story to help me. feel like I am sinking...
Positive energy please!!!
ps..I am going to an infertility accupunturist today...wish me luck :)
Sandpiper18 responded:
YES!! I'm extremely stressed out at work. My cycle has changed from 28 to 35 days over the last two months. My periods are really light now--does stress affect your flow too? I believe I still ovulated, but it's changed to day 22 instead of day 14 or 15.

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