Stress, yeah, yeah, I know. Stress this and Stress that. We’re all Stressed aren’t we?
Q: Don’t we all just have to put up with it and keep going?
Stress is one reason our health fails, and yet many of us brush it off, like its nothing important. But it’s time for a reality check. Lets take a look at how Stress impacts on your Fertility Potential.
1. Stress can delay ovulation.
The control centre for your hormones is deep in your brain, two wee little glands called the Hypothalamus & Pituitary. Think of this as Hormone HQ. The Hypothalamus & Pituitary communicate with various parts of the body including the ovaries. Think of these as receivers of those messages being communicated.
The way these eg. Hypothalamus/Pituitary & The ovaries communicate is via levels of hormones. So Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
2. Stress are risk factors Gyne health problems
Endometriosis, Fibroids are known to be linked to stress. Again the havoc Stress plays on the hormones, creates hormone imbalances. This in turn changes the condition of the endometrium, encourages clots, fibroids, growths and cysts.
3. Stress is a risk factor for Obesity & Diabetes
4. Stress produces inflammatory processes
Inflammation is a distraction to the body when you want to be focusing on fertility. It can upset the delicate balance required for good implantation. Research shows that good implantation requires good hormone levels, minimal inflammation & minimal stress. The way to curb inflammation would be to
- Ensure great quality sleep as a lot of recovery & repair happens while asleep.
- Consider natural anti-inflammatory supplements such as turmeric. Turmeric has an isolate called Curcumin which has been subject to many clinical trials & studies as effective in minimising inflammation.
5. Stress upsets your day-night rhythm
If your stressed sometimes you can’t sleep very well. If you don’t sleep very well, especially past 2 consecutive nights your body clock can be out, your cognitive function reduces and your ability process & make effective decisions diminishes.
Not to mention your cortisol levels can be high (tested via saliva, or blood) which has a vicious cycle effect on your sleep hormones. This means you can be wide awake at night and tired during the day. Lets just say it means you’re working against your body’s natural body clock and hormonal rhythms. To resolve this, if you Sleep deeply for 7hrs, you’re doing your body, your brain & your hormones a MASSIVE favour.
6. Stress releases Adrenaline
So I’d like to introduce you to your Autonomic Nervous system. Think of it as a switch and it has two modes; Sympathetic & Parasympathetic. Just like a powerpoint switch, you can only function in one at any given time, you cannot be in both simultaneously.
Adrenaline is your “fight or flight” mode. It means you’re functioning in your sympathetic nervous system. Ready to take action at a milliseconds notice, on edge, ready to mobilise your energy to your muscles to run away from a threat. Gradually over time “threat” has gone from being a Sabre-toothed Tiger chasing you to being the Monday morning staff meeting, making a speech, or even phobias.
Your parasympathetic Nervous system elicits your “rest & digest” or “feed & breed” mode. If that’s not self-explanatory, this mode allows you to relax, digest and you’re likely to be more fertile if you have the neurological flexibility to GET OUT of the stressed state or “fight ot flight”.
The neurological flexibility simply means skills, strategies or methods of calming your nervous system, slowing your breathing and switching off Adrenaline.
Managing your Stress becomes paramount. It is number one on your to-do-list.
It doesn’t matter how you do it. Physical exercise can be an easy way to unwind. You could easily choose from one of these:
- Tai Chi
- Qi Gong
- Meditation Classes
- Meditation Apps
- Sleep Apps
- A walk along the beach or through a park, or walk the dog even!
- Bushwalking, Hiking
- Bike rides
- Go to the Gym
- Book a holiday
- Boxing classes
- (insert your favourite sport/activity here)
In my clinical experience, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are also great tools to use.
Your Fertility Potential = Stress Management + Hormone Regulation
- Acupuncture gives feedback to the nervous system, often calming it down and flicking that Parasympathetic Switch for you.
- Acupuncture relaxes you which slows your breath rate down and keeps relaxing you further
- Acupuncture can reduce inflammation by treating sites of pain or discomfort
- Chinese Herbs & Acupuncture can be used to help sleep and manage mood swings, anxious feelings, predisposition to panic attacks, anger, frustration, rage, and balance your mood.
- Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs can regulate hormones to promote a timely ovulation
- Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs can relieve symptoms associated with Endometriosis & Fibroids.
For a strategic plan to keep your Stress in check, please contact me to ask me questions that relate to your story. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org