Tag Archives: stress

Stress Linked to Miscarriage Risk

Written on August 24, 2017 at 3:32 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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

Written on February 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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 …

How to make it through infertility treatment without destroying your relationship

Written on August 17, 2014 at 8:03 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

There is a great article in Prevention that every couple going through infertility treatment should read to help protect their relationship.

From the moment a couple decides to have a baby together, their perspective on their sex life changes. For most couples, there is a new tenderness and intimacy between them that comes with the shared intention to start a …

Stress and Infertility

Written on March 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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

Written on June 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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?

Written on April 29, 2013 at 8:32 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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

Written on March 8, 2013 at 9:51 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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 …

ASRM ABSTRACT: Behavioral treatment improves IVF pregnancy rates by reducing stress

Written on January 6, 2013 at 10:15 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


We are convinced that stress may be …

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

Written on June 13, 2011 at 10:40 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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?

Written on March 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

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 …