Anxiety and infertility

       January 1, 0000    911


About 35 percent of all cases of infertility arise from problems in the man's system and 35 percent arise from abnormalities in the woman's system. About 20 percent of the time, the man and woman both have fertility problems and rest 10 percent of cases, no cause can be found. Age often increases the risk of infertility. Anxiety in a woman, this may cause irregular period. In a man, anxiety may reduce his sperm count. Most of these troubles can be resolved with medical treatment or lifestyle changes, like wearing boxer shorts, avoiding a sexual lubricant or trying some simple stress reduction methods like physical exercise or relaxation techniques.  
Reduce anxiety:
Anxiety in women disrupts the hormonal communication between the brain, the pituitary and the ovary. It interferes with both the maturation of an egg and the ovulation process. The autonomic nervous system influences the ovary's ability to produce healthy eggs and hormones. As a result when a woman is under stress, spasms occur in both the fallopian tubes and the uterus that can interfere with movement and implantation of a fertilized egg. Thus the anxiety can affect infertility both by the altered regulation of pituitary hormones and starting the abnormal nervous-system influences on the ovaries and fallopian tubes.  
Bad effects of stress:
Stress or anxiety is like a runaway train that gathers momentum with time. Anxiety can make people less fertile by its effect on hormones and reproductive organs. The resultant failure to conceive creates further stress that results in further loss of fertility. This results in a violent cycle. The circle goes both ways like anxiety affects infertility and infertility affects anxiety. Women who are unable to conceive often experience a loss of self-esteem, sadness, anger and anxiety over disappointing their partner. Men may begin to feel guilty and start questioning their manliness resulting in relationship problems and reduced sexual activity. The couple does not like sex anymore. The focus changes to making a baby instead of making love putting them on a roller coaster ride. As a result it ends with dashed hopes once a month when their periods arrive. Tracking ovulation can take all the fun and spontaneity out of sex and marital disruption is common. All of this reinforces the cycle of anxiety and infertility

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