Infertility is an extremely taxing journey. Emotionally, physically, financially, whether undertaken with a loving, supportive spouse or partner or as a single-parent-by-choice, infertility can seem like an overwhelming trail with no endpoint in sight.
Endometriosis is a chronic disorder in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, the endometrium, grows outside the uterus. Endometriosis typically also involves the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissue lining the pelvis.
Finally, positive attention is being paid to the aging woman. Women in their 40s look better, feel better, have successful careers and seem to be able to do it all. In fact, it has been suggested that life for a woman really begins at age 40. For once, the “mature” woman is being celebrated rather than lamented. 40 is the new 30!
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.