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Stress and Infertility

Many people don’t realise the huge impact that stress can have on fertility. Stress, along with anxiety, depression and other negative moods can affect physical health in many ways. And one of the ways stress can affect you is by reducing your fertility. It may seem unlikely, but several studies have found that people with emotional stress are more likely to struggle to conceive or to be Infertile. Considering how emotional attempting to conceive can be, it seems like there could be a risk of a vicious cycle. Infertility and inability to conceive can result in a lot of grief and can lead to stress and depression. In turn, these negative moods could impact your ability to successfully conceive. As bad as this seems, there is hope. Sometimes it may seem like a difficult task, but actively attempting to fight stress can really help your efforts to conceive. By fighting low mood and its causes, you are fighting a known infertility risk factor.

How To Combat Stress

Combating stress is one of the best steps you can take to boost fertility. It is always important to tackle emotional stress and negative mood if you want to achieve wellness. For reproductive health, in particular, it helps to work alongside your partner to combat stress together. Men and women often handle stress in different ways, but it is possible to work together to help fight each other’s mood problems. One key piece of advice that sex therapists often give is not to let sex become functional instead of fun. Taking time to focus on the fun in the relationship can help to fight stress and boost libido. Doing activities together like having date nights can take away the stress that is linked to Infertility or relationship problems. By working together, you and your partner can help to banish stress and enjoy your attempts to conceive. Some people find it particularly helpful to write down their thoughts and worries. Try making a ‘stress journal’ where you can vent your stress and relieve some pressure. Sharing your feelings is important to improving mood, but sometimes it is difficult to actually speak to someone. If you are struggling to voice your anxieties or concerns to someone else, then use this stress journal to help release those feelings. If you prefer to talk to someone directly, then you should try to talk with loved ones. If they are aware of your concerns and worries, they can give you advice and support. Ideally, you should talk to your partner. 


Otherwise, find a local support group or counsellor who can offer you confidential advice and support. Avoid comparing yourself to other people. If you are trying to conceive and struggling, then it is easy to become resentful, jealous or ashamed when other people manage the first time. This kind of attitude can lead to negative feelings, and worsen your ability to conceive. If you find yourself thinking in this way too often, then make active attempts to challenge those thoughts, and turn them into optimistic or positive ones. This may seem a difficult task, but it is highly effective for changing the way you think about fertility and the way you handle fertility-related stress. 


A good way to boost health and banish stress is to exercise regularly. Even gentle activity like walking for 15 minutes a day can improve your health. A walk will help you to clear your mind and improve your mood. Exercise is known to release feel-good hormones, so will enhance your mood naturally and effectively. Try a sport or type of exercise you enjoy. Join a social club and find what suits your needs as an individual. Not only will this help boost your fertility by banishing stress, but the health benefits will also help your sexual function and reproductive health.