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The Two Week Wait and Stress

The Two Week Wait and Stress

As a fertility and pregnancy reflexologist, the most common question I get asked from client’s trying to conceive is, “Does stress cause infertility?” Everyone wants to know the answer to this question, but as a therapist, there’s no easy way to respond:

I can’t say yes or no, but I can answer, “MAYBE, there is some biologic plausibility to considering a link between stress and reproduction. When we are stressed, we release cortisol and other “fight or flight” hormones that shift our bodies’ goals away from reproduction and toward survival mode. Everyday stressors are not usually sending people into full “fight or flight mode,” but we cannot ignore a possible causal link.

Trying to conceive in general is going to be one of the most stressful things both you as an individual and as a couple will face. It is one of the most isolating times in your life, with people asking; so any news, oh you’re not drinking wink wink, sure you’re married for over a year now, and you’re not getting any younger and so on. Infertility can be devastating, can lead to self-doubt, can strain relationships, and often has no clear explanation. Infertility is just plain stressful. It does not really matter if stress is the chicken or the egg of infertility – what matters is that client’s have access to and awareness of the care they need.

But regardless, we can all work on better ways to deal with stress.” Whether or not stress causes infertility, what matters is that anyone struggling to conceive can benefit from stress management tools. We cannot control what happens to us, but we can work on ways to help ourselves deal with what happens to us. Self-care is essential in all aspects of health, but especially when it comes to infertility.

Every person is different and has different needs. In River Holistic Centre we review a variety of support and wellness options for clients with fertility and subfertility issues, including individual counselling, reflexology, massage, hypnosis, acupuncture, yoga and meditation classes to name a few.

We may not have a definitive answer to the question, “Does stress cause infertility?,” but it’s nothing to get stressed about. Instead, shift your focus toward looking for ways to get the support you need on your journey to adding to your family. Stress is unavoidable and there are many other factors that cause infertility. In the meantime: take time for yourself, try reflexology, remember to talk to one another, know that what you are feeling is completely normal for what you are going through, and always have someone to talk to, this is vital, just know that you are not alone on this journey.

Claire Kenny ABC Dip, ITEC Dip, Dip Ed. Fertility and Pregnancy Reflexologist.

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