On the path to parenthood, feelings of sadness, failure, jealousy, or grief when you’re dealing with infertility is understandable. It’s how these feelings impact your efforts that are worth exploring. One in eight couples struggle to get pregnant or sustain a pregnancy. The latest neuroscience studies are clear: Cognitive behavioral therapy helps balance and optimize emotional health, assisting couples in unlocking the body’s most significant potential for conception.
Infertility and Stress
The biological connection between emotional health and fertility is impossible to ignore for any couple looking to optimize their health for conception. Finding ways to minimize stress both on your own and with your partner while pursuing treatment can improve your conceiving chances. It’s so much more than “just relax!”. It’s about cognitive-behavioral techniques that address recent research.
We’ve discovered that whether you’re a man or woman, it’s all about hormones. Stress causes our adrenal glands to release cortisol, the “stress hormone.” Too much stress for too long can overload the adrenal system with excessive cortisol and adrenaline. This suppresses progesterone, and progesterone is the hormone responsible for conception, helping a woman’s uterus be healthy enough to support a developing embryo.
A recent study observed that it took women with high alpha-amylase levels, a stress-related enzyme in saliva, 29% longer to get pregnant than women with lower levels of the enzyme. This means that your body picks up on chronic stress and, again, through a shift of hormones, determines that stressful times aren’t the optimal time to conceive.
Further supporting this, the National Institute of Health shared a study in 2018 that stated, “It is clear that psychological interventions for women with infertility have the potential to decrease anxiety and depression and may well lead to significantly higher pregnancy rates.”
In short, where your mind is, fertility follows.
Making the Decision to Get Help
This year, in particular, has been a stressful one. Still, stress from infertility can be different. It can strain and place a considerable burden on daily decisions, major life choices, and intimacy, with a couple experiencing this strain in their unique ways.
Couples that prioritize their emotional health find they can better relate to one another, communicate their unique experience, and understand each other to a greater degree. This improved balance leads to a combined strength that can provide couples with a rediscovered unity, connection, and confidence as a team, even amid fertility challenges.
This is why we would never tell you to “just relax.” We offer you tools, resources, and an actual roadmap to address your stress and better communicate, support one another, and put to use actionable techniques to improve emotional health and wellbeing.
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