The Evidence for Optimizing Emotional Health

Your emotions impact reproductive health more than you realize.

1 in 8 couples struggle to get pregnant or sustain a pregnancy. 

The latest studies in neuroscience are clear:
cognitive behavioral therapy helps to balance and optimize emotional health, helping couples unlock the body’s greatest potential for conception.

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The biological connection between emotional health and fertility is impossible to ignore for any couple looking to optimize their health for conception. 

Where your mind is, fertility follows. 

When you’re trying to conceive a child, everyone tells you to exercise, eat a healthy diet, and take your vitamins. But the latest in neuroscience points to an undeniable connection between your fertility and the state of your emotional health. 

Our research shows that cognitive behavioral therapeutic techniques empower couples to enhance their emotional health, improving the environment for conception and quality of life overall.

Medical doctors and neuroscientists agree -- your emotions play a major role when it comes to trying to conceive a child. Stress builds and turns into anxiety; chronic stress can cause hormonal imbalance; the emotional rollercoaster of infertility can make decision-making even more stressful and at the same time can drive a wedge between you and your partner; and new studies show that infertility-related trauma can stay with you for the long-term if unaddressed, even after successful pregnancies.

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Investing in your emotional health will empower you in 5 key areas to foster an optimal environment for conception…

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Sure, everybody has a little stress in life -- but stress related to infertility is different. Infertility stress is unique and can be caused by a host of factors, including your own expectations, internal and external pressures to conceive quickly, and the crushing and continuous cycle of disappointment when conception doesn’t occur.

 
 
Two couples speak to their experiences with the debilitating stress and disappointment of infertility and how Organic Conceptions helped them reframe their experiences to balance their emotional health and improve their quality of life, even in the midst of infertility.

Stress isn’t just in your mind -- it manifests itself in the rest of your body, too, meaning it can play a role in whether or not you’re able to conceive. A recent study observed that it took women with high levels of alpha-amylase, a stress-related enzyme in saliva, 29% longer to get pregnant compared to women with lower levels of the enzyme. Your body picks up on chronic stress and through a shift of hormones, determines that stressful times aren’t the optimal time to conceive.

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Chronic, unaddressed stress can cause a hormonal imbalance that may make it difficult to get pregnant. Have you or someone you know ever tried and tried to conceive with no success, but once you stop trying, you’re suddenly able to conceive? This is often connected to a hormonal imbalance triggered by the constant stress of infertility.

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It’s all about hormones, for both women AND men: stress causes our adrenal glands to release cortisol, the “stress hormone,” as well as adrenaline to help our bodies deal with stressful situations. But too much stress for too long can overload the adrenal system with excessive cortisol and adrenaline, which actually suppresses progesterone. And progesterone is the hormone responsible for conception, helping a woman’s uterus be healthy enough to support a developing embryo.

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In the midst of fertility struggles, couples are constantly faced with decisions, both big and small. The stress and anxiety of infertility can cause us to make decisions frantically or on auto-pilot, feeling like we’re in a race against time. These decisions -- and the mental state in which we make them -- impact us emotionally, physically, and financially.

Every decision made when facing fertility struggles, even the smallest ones, can have a profound impact on our emotional state. Stress over decision-making can pile up and can actually create an environment of chronic stress that reduces our chances of a healthy conception. Investing in emotional health enables couples to pursue clarity in their situation, avoiding the spiral of uncertainty that often clouds the decision-making process.

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Studies show that the stress and trauma of infertility are similar to the stress and trauma caused by diagnoses of HIV and cancer. Couples experience this stress and trauma together, but our research has shown that the way in which a woman experiences fertility struggles is vastly different than that of her partner.

Infertility can strain and place a huge burden on daily decisions, major life choices, and intimacy, with a couple experiencing this strain and burden in their own unique ways. Neither experience is “right” or “wrong”, but a couple’s ability to understand, validate, and come together in the midst of uncertainties can have a powerful impact upon the journey.

Couples that prioritize their own emotional health find that 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 in the midst of fertility challenges.

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Not only can the turmoil of fertility struggles affect your life and relationships in the short term, but it can impact your mental health for years to come. New research from a Cardiff University study revealed that the intense grief, profound sense of loss, isolation, and emptiness couples experience after failed fertility treatments has as severe an impact upon mental health as divorce and bereavement. Further, studies show that men and women facing infertility and those in treatment for infertility are at a higher risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Infertility is considered trauma. The science shows that infertility affects mental health not only in the short term, but also after successful pregnancies or after you’ve stopped trying. Women who have experienced the trauma of infertility are at a higher risk for postpartum depression. The trauma of infertility can have long-lasting effects on your relationships, health, and mental health if left unaddressed.

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Infertility is traumatic, and can be impacted deeply by the state of your emotional health. Investing in your emotional health can bring healing and wellness, both now and in the future.

Doctors and couples agree that balancing emotional health with Organic Conceptions is a game changer for fertility and reproductive health.

 
 
 

The science is clear:
when it comes to conception, your emotional health matters. 

Optimize your emotional health for conception with Organic Conceptions!

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