How to manage stress during your fertility journey

Stress can have wide and varied impacts on the human body.

From headaches and sleep problems to weight gain and weight loss, chronic stress can even cause memory and concentration problems. But there’s more.

Along with increased blood pressure and digestive disorders, stress can have a massive impact on our mental health. And, according to some studies, researchers have found a link between a women’s level of day-to-day stress and lowered chances of pregnancy.

What does the research say?

A 2018 study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, discovered that women who had high levels of stress experience have lower levels of fertility than those with less stress.

The report also noted that in situations where one partner was more stressed than the other, there was a lowered chance of conception.

The study concluded: “In summary, in this large prospective cohort study, high levels of perceived stress among women were associated with reduced fecundability. Part of the association might be mediated through decreased intercourse frequency and increased risk of irregular cycles.”

Stress and fertility

Unfortunately, at some point in our lives, we are all likely to encounter some form of stress.

“And trying to become pregnant and failing to do so, can add to your already-mounting pile of stress,” says Denise Callaghan, Osteopath and proud member and alumni of the Zita West for fertility clinic.

“Planning to welcome a new life into the world can be very exciting,” Denise adds. “But it can also be very daunting and stressful if you’re having trouble falling pregnant.”

But that’s where acupuncture for fertility can help

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body to help maintain the body’s overall balance.

As cited by the British Acupuncture Council, acupuncture can reduce and improve:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Breast tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Stress
  • Pelvic discomfort
  • Sciatica pain
  • Heartburn
  • Pain
  • Blood circulation

And in Denise’s clinic, she routinely uses the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture to restore the free flow of energy (Chi) throughout the body and unlock better mental and physical wellness for fertility.

That’s because according to research, acupuncture can be used to:

  • Regulate the menstrual cycle
  • Improving blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus
  • Manage stress
  • Give a boost to natural fertility
  • Support fertility/IVF treatment
  • Help with pregnancy symptoms

But it’s not just a females Denise uses acupuncture on

It’s important to remember that infertility affects both sexes. As stated by The British Association of Urological Surgeons, for 50% of couples unable to fall pregnant, the problem lies wholly or partly with the male partner.

“Just like for women, acupuncture helps to improve blood flow,” Denise says.  “But in men, when the blood flow is improved, this can help deliver nutrients to the teste, to promote optimal sperm vitality.” Resulting in higher chances of fertilisation.

What past clients had to say

Denise has been practising osteopathy and acupuncture for fertility for 25 years. Over that time has worked with hundreds of patients on fertility issues. She’s had some lovely feedback from people who feel that acupuncture has contributed positively to their fertility journey.

Cornelia said: “I just wanted to drop you a short note to say that baby Finn was born at Kings College Hospital on 29th March, weighing 3.9kg. He is a great baby and I feel very blessed to have him. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your help and support. I love being a mum and so glad I came to see you.”

While Clare said: “I initially went to see Denise as she is a Zita West affiliated acupuncturist and therefore has specific knowledge of how to boost fertility. I had seen other acupuncturists during the years I was trying to get pregnant but noticed straight away that Denise was different. She carefully tailored each treatment in relation to where I was in my monthly cycle and to how I was feeling on each visit. We underwent IVF treatment and saw Denise regularly throughout this, happily the treatment worked on our first attempt. Denise continued to treat me during the entirety of my pregnancy. I experienced back pain which was completely eliminated with her help, and I generally felt well during the time I was pregnant with our twins. I would highly recommend Denise and much appreciate the assistance and support she gave during our fertility journey.”

If you are suffering from chronic stress don’t hesitate to get in touch with Denise. Alternatively, if are trying to conceive and struggling to do so, call or drop Denise an email to find out more and talk through your options.


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