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Stress concerns to fertility in Men and Women

Today the life is fast paced and demanding and requires more from us than the body can handle. This pressure of delivering sets the STRESS in life with the potential impact on our physical and emotional health. Stress disrupts the natural hormonal balance and equilibrium of the body system.

Can Stress Have an Effect on Your Fertility?

Our bodies are equipped to prevent conception from occurring during times of extreme stress. Stress affects the fertility for both men and women. The presence of adrenalin, the hormone that is released by our bodies during stressful times, signals that conditions are not ideal for conception. Adrenaline inhibits utilization of the hormone progesterone essential for fertility. It causes the pituitary gland to release higher levels of prolactin, which is responsible for the cause of infertility. Recent research shows that stress boosts levels of stress hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol inhibits the body’s main sex hormones GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) and subsequently suppresses sexual activity in both men and women. It affects the ovulation cycle in women and reduces the sperm count and its motility in men. Chronic stress causes lack of libido as well as a decrease in general fertility; this is known as “Stress Induced Reproductive Dysfunction”.

Practical suggestions to reduce stress
  • Try to stay happy and contended
  • Spend as much time as possible with your companion
  • Try to develop hobbies
  • Take adequate sleep and nutritional diet
  • Eat natural and fresh food; avoid junk and can food
  • Consume herbs, vitamin supplements

Consumption of naturally occurring herbs support healthy stress response, nourish the nervous system and support endocrine functions.

Recommended herbs in the ancient Ayurvedic texts to reduce stress and improve fertility:

Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera): Re-regulates thyroid and adrenal gland function. Supports overall endocrine system; improves stress response and hormonal balance.

Chamomile flowers (Matricaria recutita): Nerve tonic and mild sedative; helps to reduce stress, relaxes the nervous system and induces a restful state in the body.

Lemon Balm leaf (Melissa officinalis): Supports healthy stress response, lessens depression and anxiety.

Linden flower and bract (Tilia platyphyllos, T.cordata): Mildly lowers blood pressure. Useful in the states of anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Maca root (Lepidium meyenii): Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aids the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands. Supportive of both immune and stress response on the body.

Shatavari root (Asparagus racemosus): Support healthy fertility, it is an immune system and nutritive tonic. Supports overall immune system function

Ayurvedic preparations are available which contain the extracts of these herbs for healthy life.

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