Can stress cause infertility?

It is not known through well-designed studies that stress can delay the time it takes for couples to conceive. Although until today, no study has yet directly linked stress as a cause of infertility, we widely believe that stress is associated with infertility in many ways.

Stress in and men can lead to problems with spermiogenesis and result in low sperm count, low motility and low morphology. Whereas stress in women can lead to inhibition of the hyperprolactinemia axis and lead to irregular periods or absence of periods – what we call as an anomaly leading to Amenorrhea.

Besides these main physiological bases on which the stress can affect fertility quickly, stress is also associated with lifestyle factors that can lead to infertility. This includes:

  • smoking
  • alcohol consumption
  • excess caffeine consumption
  • unhealthy diet
  • high body mass index
  • lack of exercise

So these are some of the other ways where lifestyle factors get associated and can influence the fertility of a couple.

Therefore, it is critical that stress is managed, and it can be managed either by taking regular exercise, pursuing a hobby and practising meditation mindfulness. Also, it is always a good idea to seek professional help if required to manage stress, especially when you’re trying to conceive, for example, you may wish to see a counsellor.

By | 2016-08-01T11:32:28+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Fertility|Comments Off on How can stress cause infertility?

About the Author:

Dr Krishna is Director of London IVF and Genetics Centre. She is a highly experienced Consultant Gynaecologist and specialist in Fertility and reproductive medicine. She manages couples with male or female cause of subfertility across the full range of complexity. She has special interest in managing patients with repeated treatment failures and those who respond poorly. She has published in professional journals and presented at national and international meetings. She is passionate in delivering best possible treatment outcomes and experience, as evidenced by patient feedback.