Stress Linked to Miscarriage Risk

Women who have experienced more psychological stress might be at greater risk of having a miscarriage, according to a review of studies. Researchers from universities in the United Kingdom and China found that women who reported a history of these emotionally taxing experiences increased their risk of miscarriage by up to 42 percent.

For the review, the team included eight …

Depression can prevent fertility treatment

If I were to guess the most common reason that couples do not proceed with or continue in treatment I would guess that it’s the cost. And I would be wrong. Emotional issues are actually the main reason for failing to start or continue treatment. Those issues may be related to fear of failure, repeated failure, stress and anxiety, psychological …

Stress and Infertility

A new study in the journal Human Reproduction, reported in the New York Times, provides physical evidence that there is an association between stress and infertility.

Over four years, 401 women who were stopping contraception and trying to have a baby underwent saliva testing for two stress-related substances: the enzyme alpha-amylase, and the hormone cortisol. The women provided a saliva …

The Five Stages of Infertility Grief

Here is an interesting article from the website Daily Life which may explain some feelings that couples going through infertility treatment are going through.

They are based on what has been shown with any other grieving process, like the five stages identified by Kubler-Ross, the progression of infertility emotions has stages as well.

“When you’re having trouble having a baby, …

Can yoga help your fertility?

In a story reported by ABC News: Yoga has long been praised for helping people improve their flexibility and core strength. But one Florida yoga instructor believes that the popular practice can also be used to help women conceive.

Sherry Longbottom, a registered nurse and yoga instructor, has developed fertility yoga. In her classes she is careful to avoid …

Don’t stress over infertility-easy to say, hard to do

We all know that infertility is an emotional and heartbreaking problem. It’s easy to say “don’t stress over it, but stress reduction over any issue is hard to do.

A 2012 Carnegie-Mellon University study finds stress levels increased over the past 26 years. They also found women experience more of it, and many say the stress itself can sabotage plans …

Stress and IVF: The Effect of a Mind-Body Program on IVF Success

The relationship between stress and infertility remains controversial. Despite that, a number of interventions have been developed to reduce stress, especially in IVF cycles, including Mind-Body (MB) programs, acupuncture and yoga. In fact RPMG is sponsoring a new session of Strong Yoga 4 Fertility beginning July 9th.

A study reported in the June 2011 issue of Fertility & Sterility demonstrates the benefit …

Does emotional stress affect the chances of getting pregnant?

No, according to a recent highly-publicized study in the British Medical Journal. They analyzed articles published from 1985 to March 2010 which reported a test of the association between pretreatment emotional distress (anxiety or depression) and pregnancy in women undergoing a single cycle of assisted reproductive technology. They concluded that the findings of this meta-analysis should reassure women and doctors …