Many of my couples ask whether stress will impact on their chances of getting pregnant. Many clients have very stressful careers and long working hours. Trying to juggle work, relationship and treatment can result in depleted energy levels, short tempers, guilt and lots of pressure. Add to this trying for a baby, either naturally over long periods of time or with assisted conception, stress levels can sore off the Richter scale.
The complex balance of the hormonal system can be influenced by psychological and physical stress. Long term stress can raise levels of the stress hormones including cortisol, which can interfere with the reproductive hormones.
At the clinic we use acupuncture, Relaxation and Visualisation techniques and sometimes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help organise the mind.