Bad Moods Can Affect Your Fertility

Did you know your bad mood can lead to fertility challenges? Your body’s reproductive system is on smart alert for harmful mood levels, meaning it knows when it’s not a good time for you to have a baby. Women struggling with infertility report elevated levels of anxiety and depression, so it is clear that infertility causes stress that negatively impacts your chances of conceiving. 

Stress, Anxiety, and Depression vs. Fertility

Females suffering from the above often relate the following:

  • Have less sex 
  • Likely to smoke
  • Prone to drinking alcohol 
  • Less active and unmotivated  
  • Maintain a poor diet and drink too much caffeine

Babies born to women under these conditions are generally:

  • Born premature
  • Have a low birth rate 
  • Are more susceptible to potential birth defects
  • May have developmental disabilities

Ways to Alleviate Stress:

Going through your fertility journey can be very stressful. Although it is impossible to be completely stress-free, here are some ways you can reduce stress:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat a healthy diet 
  • Exercise regularly 

One to five hours per week of low-impact exercise can lower stress levels and increase happiness. 

Nutrition & Fertility:

Those who are trying to get pregnant are encouraged to avoid processed foods with high sugar content. Choose natural grains, fatty acids from Omega-3s, and organic fish. Make sure you take your vitamin supplements containing folic acid. 

Healthy Body Mass Index (BMI):

Women who are obese have three times the trouble getting pregnant than their counterparts within a healthy weight. Being overweight when pregnant also increases a woman’s chance of miscarrying. Strive to achieve and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI) to keep your reproductive cycle in balance. A BMI of 19 to 24 indicates a healthy weight. 

Your Plan of Action to Get Pregnant

Those suffering from stress, anxiety, and/or depression can experience up to a 29% longer wait for pregnancy than women who manage their mood. Fertility counseling for women who want to get pregnant can decrease stress levels leading to significantly higher pregnancy rates. 

Being aware of your health while trying to conceive is important. Make an appointment with one of our fertility specialists for a thorough reproductive examination and preliminary assessment of your reproductive health. Up to 34% of infertility cases are due to structural illness with a woman’s reproductive system. Both female and male patients must undergo a complete fertility assessment to evaluate their reproductive health.

Customized IVF Treatment:

Since every patient’s personal, medical, and financial needs are different, we offer customized IVF treatment for all of our patients.

What New Hope Can Do For You

It is important to work with a fertility team having the research and clinical experience required to design a customized fertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. 

Here at New Hope, our world-renowned fertility specialists will guide you through the most successful path. To schedule your complimentary consultation with fertility preservation experts, call us at (212) 517-7676 or visit our website.