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02 Dec 2005

Does stress affect my chances of conceiving
How does stress affect ones ability to fall pregnant? We are in the process trying for a baby but I have the ability to really stress about things. I was suffering from severe cramping, which comes and goes periodically, and when I consulted a gyneacologist he told me he saw nothing wrong with me and can only attribute the cramping to stress. He told me I would have to relax. We have only been trying for the last month so I know I should still give it time, but the stress and the cramping is bothering me. Do I have reason to worry?
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cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Well, I'm guessing you don't want or need a detailed biochemical explanation, but it does seem clear from much experience, that stress can reduce fertility --- some women can even lose their periods during times of severe stress. A month is of course a short time to be trying for a pregnancy ; but it would be worth seeing a counsellor to work on eliminating stress so far as possible, and finding better ways of handling whatever stress remains. And stress leads top anxiety and muscle tensions which can easily lead to cramps and various other pains. I'm sure if you can learn some relaxation, you can rather enjoy the process of trying, and become pregnant calmly and pleasantly rather than as part of a grimly determined struggle.
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