For years, studies have shown that stress is linked to fertility. It’s a vicious cycle, you feel stressed that you’re not pregnant, then worry that the stress is making the situation worse. Stress is a common cause of infertility.

Researchers from Oxford University, US National Institute of Health or the journal Human Reproduction found some evidence:

  • Women who are anxious are 12% less likely to conceive during their fertile time than those who stay calm.
  • Women with high levels of alpha-amylase, an enzyme that correlates with stress, had a tougher time getting pregnant. And those women were 29% less likely to get pregnant each month than those with low levels.
  • Pregnancy was much more likely to occur during months when couples reported feeling happy and relaxed. It was less likely to occur during the months they reported feeling tense or anxious.

After these studies, many specialists in reproductive medicine believe that the stress may actually play a role in up to 30% of all infertility problems.

But it’s not just natural pregnancies that are affected. Stress may play an important role in the success of infertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization treatments. The researchers found that women with hight levels of stress were 20% less likely to achieve fertilization success.

What activities can help me to reduce stress and infertility problems?

You can beat stress with some therapies and treatments to reduce stress levels and increase the chances of becoming pregnant, both natural pregnancies and assisted reproduction pregnancies.

  • Acupuncture: it may help counterbalance some of the effects of stress on the reproductive system. In studies published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, women who did have acupuncture treatments just before to and just after an embryo transfer into the uterus, had 42.5% rate of pregnancy in that cycle, compared with 26.3% in women did not have acupuncture.
  • Massage: A massage therapy, even just before an insemination or an embryo transfer, help to decrease the body’s physical signals of stress, improving the success rates of fertility treatments.
  • Walking : Walking briskly or jogging can calm you down nerve cells in the brain that relax the senses. It may also help boost fertility by increasing circulation to the pelvis and the reproductive organs, improving the success rates of any in-vitro fertilisation treatment. So why not head out for a stroll every day after dinner? Furthermore, if you do it in green spaces, it’ll help you relax.
  • Swimming : Getting in the pool is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day, and it helps release stress and tension. 30min of swimming a day have a positive psychological impact and can help increase your chances of conception by getting the blood circulating and flowing through the reproductive system and encouraging regular ovulation.
  • Strength training: You can incorporate exercises that require you to work with your body weight, such as picking up a pair of dumbbells or doing some press-ups. These activities will give physical benefits, and also they boost endorphins, wich creates feeling of happiness and euphoria. Why not join a gym and ask a gym instructor to show you a personalized exercise routine?
  • Dancing: It can help with weigh loss, maintaining strong bones, improving posture and, most importantly, beat stress. Just one lively dance session can eliminate depression more than vigorous exercise or listening to music. Dancing reduces levels of stress hormones that would otherwise interfere with conception.
  • Meditation: Find a quiet place away from distractions. Clear your mind and focus on your breathing, between 10 and 20 minutes. Try to do it daily, so you give your body a physical and mental rest. Listen to some soothing sounds like sea movement, waterfalls and rainforest noises, can also eliminate stress.
  • Yoga: It has beneficial effects on women who want to become pregnant. This discipline has many benefits against stress, through controlled breathing, meditation and mental exercises.
  • Pilates: It’s renowned for strengthening your core muscles and increasing blood flow, as well as being very relaxing activity. It helps to restore hormonal balance in the body and therefore fertility.
  • Rest: Sleeping appropriate hours every night is important in a healthy lifestyle. Lack of sleep can cause loss of concentration and poor memory. To avoid stress, it is essential to be relaxed and rested.

Woman must try to find tiny spaces where she can give her body and her mind a respite from the stresses of every day living. And Spain is an ideal place for it. Spain is a leading health destination, with a great health care system Spain and a distinct Mediterranean climate, allowing do many outdoor activities and favoring fertility treatments.

You can check our specially designed fertility treatment packages for international patients.