The Intended Parent’s Guide to Stress and Infertility
See how your stress could be affecting your infertility
Hello, intended parents, today we are going to discuss more issues with infertility, and specifically one major cause for your infertility – or at least a major part of inhibiting your ability to have children: STRESS.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen. The quintessential ingredient to your unhappy day.
The nagging problem you just can’t seem to dodge. Unfortunately for many couples, there can be many reasons for infertility.
We won’t be discussing individual symptoms of infertility or medical issues that could be causing your infertility.
Instead, we’re going to look at what could be causing your stress, how your stress can affect your fertility, and what you can do about it.
What can be causing your stress and what does it do to your body?
Here are a few issues that “cause” your stress:
- Death in the family
- Work stress (being unhappy with your job)
- Loss of a job
- Getting Married, or marital issues
- Chronic sickness or illness
- Inability to feel like you’re moving ahead in your life
- Children and issues surrounding raising kids
- Anything else you may think of- we can’t possibly name them all!
What does this stress do to your body?
Quoted from This Insider Article: “In simple terms, stress is the way your body responds to potential dangers. When your brain notices a threat, it directs certain glands to release a flood of hormones – namely adrenaline and cortisol- that increase alertness, heart rate, blood flow to your muscles and more.”
So- there you have it. Stress, simply put is the release of hormones in your body in response to your “threats” or causes of stress mentioned above.
We all have them- whether it is work issues, family issues or death- the stressors of our daily life will cause mind-numbing headaches and even worse.
According to this Web MD article – stress can be the cause of this many issues for your body: Headache, fatigue, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, depression, high blood pressure, heart attack, and so many others. What’s one other way that your stress can affect your body? Your Fertility.
How is Fertility affected by stress?
It’s hard to believe that stress can actually affect your fertility- but that is the unfortunate reality for most parents who want to have a child.
According to this article – Stress has been known to affect the following areas of fertility:
- It can directly impact semen quality
- It can cause increased rates of miscarriage, even if the woman does become pregnant
- It has been linked to PCOS and ovulation disorders
Regardless of how you think your stress may be affecting you, research shows it can and will affect the outcomes for most areas of your life that require you to be balanced and have a sound mind and hormone levels.
Here are some ways that we hope you can manage your stress while you are on the journey to surrogacy, whether you are starting IVF procedures to retrieve your eggs, or whether you are just now starting IVF treatment for yourself and your loved one.
Wherever you are in the process of starting your family, you will need to learn to manage your stress- here’s what we think:
#1 – Work out – join your local gym
I know you’ve heard it a million times, but the proof is in the pudding– with the rise of endorphins and the positive production of balanced hormones, your body will start putting back the pieces of your stress when you exercise.
#2 – Start meditating
You don’t have to look into a million studies to know that when you calm your mind and practice breathing, your stress levels can drop, and you begin to think more calmly.
Remember to find time in your day at the beginning or at the end to pause, stretch out on the floor and take some deep breaths.
#3 – Know that stress is part of life
I know this doesn’t help you in your journey to become a parent. But knowing that you will be stressed and that you actually ARE stressed is sometimes part of your healing process. A while back my husband had started a business prior to us being married.
After we had our first child, then I had my surrogacy and I immediately started my surrogacy business – we began to realize that he was taking his stress from work to home.
I would tell him this, but after 8 years he finally realized it for himself and decided to change a few things to help manage this stress.
#4 – Manage your cortisol levels by taking a specific Adrenal supplement
We are not doctors at Made in the USA Surrogacy, so please do not perceive any of our advice as medical advice.
However, we do not need to be doctors to know that high levels of cortisol are linked to many causes of stress and prolonged stress.
When adrenal fatigue happens, you are left at the mercy of your stress and adrenal fatigue symptoms.
To help manage this issue, we suggest taking an adrenal supplement to our surrogate mothers who experience too much stress, as well as any parents that may need help on their journey of surrogacy or journey of IVF before they start looking for a surrogate with our surrogate agency.
#5 – Talk to us about starting to look for a surrogate
Many couples who struggle with infertility do not know where to turn. We hear from parents every day that state how they think their body has failed them. How they are in control of every other part of their life, their career, their success, but they can’t have a baby.
At Made in the USA Surrogacy, we exist to help you have a baby. It’s our job to reach you at this low point in your life to help give you the answer that you may not have known you needed all along.
If you feel your body is unable or you’ve been diagnosed with infertility- don’t wait to start looking for a surrogate or wait to find a surrogate. Surrogacy is an amazing gift for families who are infertile.
By using gestational surrogacy, you are able to create the child you have always wanted, and you don’t have to worry about the stressors that come with your body not cooperating with pregnancy!
Call us today to schedule a consultation for your surrogacy journey.
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If you are wanting to be a parent or a woman who thinks that you ultimately will need a surrogate, or you think you should start looking for a surrogate mother now- Contact our surrogate agency in California today.
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