It’s been long known that stress raises blood pressure. The (very intelligent) reason for this is that you’re not much good to fight, or run, for your life if your blood is all pooled deep within your internal organs. So, a stressful situation will trigger a rise in blood pressure to push blood upwards to your brain and sensory organs, and outward to your limbs and muscles. In other words, get ready to fight or run like heck.
If you read part one of this three-part series, The Ways Chronic Stress Can Severely Impact Your Fertility, you have a good understanding of one of the most common ways stress alters fertility through abnormal cortisol production. This article discusses two additional ways that chronic stress affects fertility, and they are just as common and just as potentially disruptive as the first one–sleep disturbances and low progesterone.
It’s simply a fact. Chronic, unmanaged stress impacts EVERY aspect of health in a negative way. Perhaps nobody hears “just relax” more than the infertile couple, particularly the female partner who is having difficulty conceiving.
You want to freeze your eggs? Good for you! Way to take charge of your reproductive potential and plan for your future. It is liberating and exciting to do so, but can also be a very involved process and stressful time in your life. You need to educate yourself and go in with eyes wide open.
On the eve of my fertile window, I am full of apprehension. I know that trying to conceive often conjures up all sorts of emotions and even a visceral response not only for me but for so many women. Even though I know I am not alone, part of my experience does feel very lonely and often misunderstood.