Stress is the body's reaction to some kind of pressure. This can be emotional, physical, even environmental. Stress is a normal response where the sympathetic nervous system is activated and the body enters 'fight or flight' mode. When the stress is gone, the body returns to normal. Stress over a long period of time can begin to cause problems; it affects our hormone levels, sleep, digestion, libido, immunity, relationships… pretty much every aspect of our wellbeing.
Research has shown that high levels of stress can reduce a women's chance of conceiving. Trying for a baby can be a hugely stressful time so it is so important to find a way to manage that stress.
Acupuncture can help to reduce stress, not only can this benefit your mental and emotional wellbeing, it can also help to regulate your hormones and ensure your body is in the best state of health to facilitate conception. Regular acupuncture treatments, a nourishing diet, gentle exercise, relaxation and talking to someone are all excellent ways to manage your stress.
Wasser, S. K., Sewall, G. and Soules, M. R. 1993. Psychosocial stress as a cause of infertility. Fertility and Sterility, 59 (30): 685-9.
Deborah Tanguy BHSc, MBAcC
Lead practitioner at Wholebody Acupuncture and a registered member of the British Acupuncture Council with a special interest in treating women's health and injury recovery.