The Clues Your Body Tells You When The Stress of Fertility is Growing

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Going through fertility issues can be one of the most stressful times in a person's life. With our hectic schedules, most of my patients do have a level of chronic stress that they are dealing with. This isn't a problem as our body is amazing at adapting and pivoting in stressful situations. If stress continues to build becoming overwhelming this is the time we need to become more proactive. This often happens slowly without us knowing on a conscious level that we are losing the battle and heading towards burnout.  

The good news is our body does know when we are under too much stress, and it gives us clues to watch out for. If we ignore these warning signs we continue to head to burnout. Here are a few things to watch out for that your body may be telling you to slow down, take a break and get some support.  

1 - Sleep
If you have generally been a good sleeper but have recently found it harder to fall asleep or stay asleep it could be stress. Insomnia is one of the most common indicators you’re struggling with too much that is going on.  Cortisol is your bodies stress hormone. In times of stress cortisol increases which decreases your sleepy time hormone called melatonin.

2 - You’re Getting Sick
If you have been fighting more colds recently or just noticing your immune system has not been up to the challenge, stress may be the cause. We know high-stress levels can also decrease your immune system making you susceptible to colds and flu.  

3 - Tension Headaches
Headaches are often caused by neck tension, teeth grinding at night or jaw clenching. All of these can cause headaches and even migraines. If you have noticed more muscle tension and headaches even though you’re not doing any new physical activities, stress could be the cause.  

4 - Digestive Trouble
Stress induces an inflammatory response that easily upsets your stomach. Constipation, loose bowels and generalized irritated bowels or lack of appetite can all indicate your body is dealing with high levels of stress.  

5 - Irregular cycles
All my fertility patients watch their cycles very closely, so this is a very common symptom that is reported here at Acubalance. The stress hormone cortisol also influences your hypothalamus-pituitary-ovary feedback loop. Too much cortisol can make the hormones released from your brain change which then influences how our ovaries function. If your cycles have suddenly become delayed or lighter than usual it could be your bodies response to too much stress.  


What Can You Do If You’re Experiencing Too Much Stress?

When specific combinations of points are used Acupuncture can be very useful to treat both stress and fertility.  Acupuncture has a positive effect on both stress and fertility hormones. Acupuncture not only decreases the stress hormone cortisol which benefits fertility but has also been shown to regulate the hypothalamus, Pituitary, Ovarian feedback loop. Study - Acupuncture Normalizes Hypothalamic Pituitary Ovarian Axis 

Taking Time For Yourself
We are generally so busy looking after others that we fail to look after ourselves. Scheduling in time for you each day is so important. Taking time to do small amounts of exercise, meditation and deep breathing can play a big role in stress management if done regularly.

How your body responds to stress is unique to you, the level of stress you are under and the duration you have been experiencing it. So, occasionally, stop, take a deep breath, and watch for some of these signs that your body may be telling you that you need some help.  

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Signs the Stress of Fertility will tell your body