The stress that comes with infertility and undergoing assisted reproductive treatment can be equivalent to that of someone dealing with cancer or heart disease. Depression, anxiety and stress are very common in those undergoing treatment. There are many reasons for this stress and these can relate to a sense of a loss of hope, the stress of constant appointments and invasive procedures such as the injections required and egg retrieval surgery, and the stress that follows an embryo transfer and waiting for a pregnancy test. Oh, and the financial stress, relationship stress, the side effects from all the drugs, the stress of treatment outcome….. you get the picture. It’s amazing that any of us come out the other end remotely normal!
Ironically, while the fertility treatment you are undergoing to get pregnant increases stress, stress is not conducive to a positive outcome for assisted reproductive treatment. Women with prolonged elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol (measured from hair samples which provide a picture of exposure to stress over time) prior to treatment were 27% less likely to get pregnant.
How can you Manage or Even Reduce this Stress During your Treatment?
Exercise! A scientifically proven mood booster that will also improve your sleep and chance of IVF success.
The evidence to support the benefits of exercise for improving the outcome of assisted reproductive treatments is overwhelming.
Give yourself every chance of success!