The Baltimore Sun ran an article reminding all of us that stress may interfere with couples getting pregnant. 1 in 8 couples experience fertility issues, according to the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth.
Increasing, research has shown a link between stress and fertility in several ways. One, stress can prevent pregnancy by increasing too many of the fight-or-flight hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which can reduce sperm count and prevent ovulation. Two, stress hormones can prevent the action of a key reproductive hormone known as gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). Three, stress can cause the increase of another reproductive hormone called Gonadotropin-Inhibitory Hormone (GnIH) which impedes procreation by preventing the GnRH hormone from being released.
Couples are looking for ways to reduce stress and improve their chances at conception. One old fashioned (2000 years old) method is acupuncture. In my patients, I have seen acupuncture counter the physiological effects of stress, help women reestablish balance in their bodies and become pregnant.
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