Female Infertility Problems
Stress is one of nature’s contraceptives and can have a dramatic effect on healthy reproduction. The major stress hormone, cortisol, is derived from progesterone, the primary source of the reproductive hormones testosterone and estrogen. Cortisol is like a long-term form of adrenaline, produced in the adrenal gland when the body is under pressure. Most active people suffer for some form of adrenal fatigue due to pushing their limits for too long. This is particularly true of the successful "power-couple," so often seeking help for infertility.
Men and woman need testosterone to produce the eggs and sperm. Testosterone converts to estrogen in the follicle; this process is called aromatization. Testosterone has to be present for the full 72-day production process of sperm. When stress is stealing all the progesterone, neither estrogen or testosterone can be in adequate supply consistently enough to support healthy reproductive tissue growth. If stress is dominant and the body is running on permanent cortisol overload, it is like running on a credit card that is starting to max out. In this perceptive crisis state, the body has to make a call to sacrifice the progesterone to cortisol instead of testosterone and estrogen. The body feels staying alive is more important than reproducing and therefore fertility takes second place to stress.
Do not underestimate the effects of the drain on your reproductive system by chronic stress. This does not mean the occasional bad day or worries about your fertility, but rather the long-term high demand on your resources. If your body deems you to be in energy debt, it is less likely to feel prepared for pregnancy.
If you have difficulties getting pregnant, it could be stress related! Do not underestimate the effect of stress on your reproductive system. Check our unique stress relief program and find out how we can help you!