Saturday, June 10, 2006

Keep Fighting the Stress Myth

I've said it before, but it's worth saying again. No woman going through infertility wants to hear the words, "just relax".

There are a lot of myths about infertility - this page of fertility myths on Ovusoft is one I love - it discusses the most common ones. As part of my quest for the truth, I've searched high & low for research on the effect of stress on infertility and have yet to find an article that claims to have found a direct connection between the two.

An article recently published here (ic Wales) discusses stress and infertility. The first few paragraphs seem to imply that stress is linked to infertility. It's only once you grit your teeth and get past that, that the article mentions that "it may not be the stress directly...". Another researcher who didn't actually find a link...

I've got one question (OK, two) - If stress were really an important factor in fertility, like something that changed your body's chemistry so that an embryo couldn't implant, how would so many IVF babies be born? What could be more stressful than that?


Anonymous said...

IVF was my peak stress time. If stress made it impossible to concieve I never would have gotten pregnant and I'm now at 14 weeks from my first IVF cycle.

Anonymous said...

I am going crazy. Stress is an understatement. Something that happens at work or around the holidays. Crazy is what my infetility is bring out. I hate random women on the street for no perticular reason other than their pregnant. Sex has so much pent up hopes and dreams resting on the act, I find myself only wanting to have it when im NOT ovulating, so as I can still enjoy it without the disappointment. Infertility causing stess? Insanity is a better word!