The research is clear. Infertility is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life—women struggling to conceive have the same levels of anxiety and depression as women diagnosed with cancer or HIV. And is if that weren’t enough, recent studies show that emotional health can also have a significant impact on the chances of conception.
"We know now that stress hormones such as cortisol disrupt signaling between the brain and the ovaries, which can trip up ovulation"
In fact in one study, when women showed elevated levels of alpha-amylase, a hormone that indicates long-standing stress, they were found to be at double the risk of infertility.
And so a vicious cycle is perpetuated—women and couples are often stressed about not getting pregnant, but then that same stress can actually keep them from conceiving. And in today’s world, figuring out how to reduce stress and focus on emotional health is a challenge in and of itself.
In our research conducted with real couples, we've learned a lot about what this struggle can feel and sound like. Take a look at some examples below:
Eric and Jessica's late-term miscarriage was never a part of their plan. Along their journey to restoration, they had to come face to face with their disappointment, anxiety, and temptation to compare themselves to other couples.
Ryan and Elizabeth received devastating news that they had less than a 2% chance of conceiving naturally. Listen to this excerpt from their story to hear more about their grieving process and how they wrestled with feeling like they had failed.
Enter Organic Conceptions, designed to get to the root of negativity and stress, and provide tools to help couples take back control of their fertility journey. Through The Journey to Parenthood and Beyond, a program rooted in real couples with real results, participants are able to figure out not just where they are in the emotional cycle of infertility, but optimize their emotional health to determine the best path forward.
Here is an example of a NaPro Doctor who has used our program to provide critical emotional support for couples who are struggling to conceive!
We know first hand that Emotional Health equals Reproductive Health! Here are some recent studies that demonstrate the same:
In this study, those who received cognitive behavioral therapy were almost twice as likely to end up pregnant as those who didn’t.
In the below study, psychological interventions were shown to have a significant effect on pregnancy rates.
When your body releases adrenaline so often from stress, it actually tells your body that it's not in an ideal state to conceive.