The fast-paced lives that we are living today involve a huge amount of stress bombarding us from every side. Work-related stress, family pressures, financial stress, social pressures, the list is endless. Every side you turn there is something or the other that put you under pressure.
Stress can hamper fertility both in men and women alike. Reducing stress can help you conceive easier and make your IVF procedure successful as well. Many women are very tense after the IVF procedure. They find it almost impossible to relax till they know the outcome, which could take anywhere between 12 to 15 days. Remaining calm is important to help with the success of the embryo implantation.
It has been found that reducing stress in women could help to enhance the proteins in the uterine lining. This is important for successful implantation, which is the first step of pregnancy.
Eliminating stress from your life can also increase the blood flow to the uterus and improve the uterus environment making it more receptive to the embryo.
Telling someone to reduce stress to improve fertility is all very well, but how exactly do you go about shaking off the stress that tends to follow you everywhere you go. Here are a few methods of how you can reduce stress and improve your fertility levels.
Even though most people may not realise it, but therapy is one of the most effective ways to unburden the load you are carrying. Once you put down your emotional and mental burdens, you may realise that you are carrying many useless things. Talking to someone preferable a counsellor is a good idea. The therapist is non-judgemental and talking can actually help you come to some realisations and make some profound changes to your life.
Stressed about not being able to get pregnant is quite common nowadays. Couples are so focused on conceiving that sex is no longer enjoyable and has become solely a baby-making act. Take it easy; forget about the baby for a while and just have sex for fun and enjoyment. Do not stress yourself out while having sex wondering which position, what you should do or shouldn’t do. You cannot control conception, so just relax and let nature take its course. Having sex is a way to de-stress.
Proper restful sleep is vital for clarity of thought and proper brain functioning. Getting at least 7-8 hours of restful sleep during the night hours is essential. Sleeping early or at a reasonable time is a healthier choice and enhances brain functions. Good sleep reduces stress levels by making you feel rested and relaxed when you wake up.
Start exercising to reduce your stress levels. Get into the practice of following a workout regime that will help you to relax is good. Practices such as yoga and meditation can help to get your mind off your life for a while and can lead to overall stress reduction. If you are not able to work out or do yoga, walking is also a good way to exercise and distress.
The stress of forgetting things can also put a lot of pressure on people. Keeping a reminder notepad will help to reduce the stress of forgetting or missing out on stuff that needs to be done. When you have too much on your mind, it is easy to forget. Writing things down can help you relax.
Stress can literally consume your life. We get so used to it, that it is hard to imagine a stress free life. Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or through IVF, it is important to reduce stress levels to get pregnant.