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YOUR EMOTIONS IMPACT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH MORE THAN YOU REALIZE 

1 in 8 couples struggle to conceive. 

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

EMOTIONAL BARRIERS TO CONCEPTION

When you’re trying to conceive, you’re told to exercise, eat healthy, and take your vitamins. Rarely is the undeniable connection between fertility and the state of your emotional health mentioned. Yet, experts agree emotions play a major role when it comes to conception.

When your emotional well-being is compromised, stress causes anxiety that can lead to hormonal imbalances. Sadder still, the endless stream of decisions that arise can drive a wedge between you and your partner. All this culminates into trauma that can stay with you for the long-term if unaddressed.

  • CHRONIC STRESS
  • HORMONAL IMBALANCE
  • DECISION FATIGUE
  • PARTNER ISSUES
  • LASTING TRAUMA

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STRESS RELATED TO INFERTILITY IS DIFFERENT

Everybody has stress in life, but infertility-related stress is unique. It can be caused by your own expectations, internal and external pressures to conceive quickly, and the crushing and continuous cycle of disappointment when conception doesn’t occur.

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

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IT'S ALL ABOUT HORMONES

Have you or someone you know ever tried to conceive unsuccessfully, but once you stop trying, you’re suddenly able to conceive? This is often connected to a hormonal imbalance triggered by stress.

Women AND men experience the effects of stress. It causes your adrenal glands to release the stress hormone cortisol and adrenaline to help your bodies deal with stressful situations. Too much stress for too long can overload the adrenal system. This suppresses progesterone, the hormone responsible for helping a woman’s uterus be healthy enough to support a developing embryo.

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DECISIONS. DECISIONS. DECISIONS.

Couples who struggle to conceive are constantly faced with decisions, both big and small. The stress and anxiety of infertility can cause you to make decisions frantically or on auto-pilot as if you’re in a race against time. These decisions – and the mental state in which you make them – have an emotional, physical, and financial impact.

Every decision, even the smallest ones, can have a profound impact on your emotional state. Stress over decision-making can pile up and create an environment of chronic stress that reduces your chances of a healthy conception.

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OUT OF SYNC WITH YOUR PARTNER

Couples endure the stress and trauma of infertility together, but our research shows that a woman’s experience is vastly di!erent. Neither experience is right or wrong, but a couple’s ability to understand, validate, and come together during a period of uncertainty has a powerful impact on the journey.

Couples who prioritize emotional health find they can better relate to one another, communicate their unique experience, and understand each other. This leads to a combined strength and confidence as a team, even in the midst of fertility challenges.

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INFERTILITY IS CONSIDERED TRAUMA

New research from a Cardiff University study revealed that the experience after failed fertility treatments has as severe an impact on mental health as divorce and bereavement. Further,studiesshow that men and women facing infertility and those in treatment for infertility are at a higher risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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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WE HELP YOU BREAK THE CYCLE

Our program helps you optimize your emotional health so you can move forward in your journey with renewed confidence. Investing in emotional health enables couples to pursue clarity and avoid the spiral of uncertainty that often clouds the decision-making process.

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