When a couple is struggling to conceive, the immediate focus is on the physical. We undergo a battery of tests trying to unlock the secret of why the blessed event of conception isn’t happening according to plan....
Make no mistake, infertility is a disease. Like any disease, it may require medical intervention to treat it. While it’s important to identify and address any underlying health conditions that affect fertility, the physical aspects are only one piece of the puzzle.
If you have been riding the merry-go-round of treatments for infertility for any length of time, you’re well aware of the physical elements. But when was the last time you had a long, introspective look at what’s going on with your state of mind?
If it has been a while, it’s time to consider three surprising ways your state of mind affects fertility.
1. Stress Affects Fertility Everybody has heard that cliché about the friend of a friend who found themselves expecting as soon as they stopped trying. We’re not going to tell you to “relax and let it happen,” because that’s not at all helpful to those in the throws of infertility.
However, there is plenty of evidence to support the connection between the mind and the body when it comes to fertility. When you are tense, it’s not just your shoulders that need some help getting back to a natural state. Your whole body becomes closed off and unreceptive to new sensory experiences. Taking the time to address your levels of stress and anxiety before examining and treating the physical causes of infertility can help get you one step closer to the happiness you desire – regardless of the size of your family.
2. The Mind-Body Connection Applies to Both Partners There is a good deal of focus on the mental and physical health of the female half of a couple when treating the disease of infertility. That seems pretty logical. After all, women have been taking the blame since something happened with an apple in a garden a really long time ago.
However, when it comes to the link between the state of mind and fertility, surprisingly it can affect both partners. Fully 15% of men undergoing fertility treatments said it was the most upsetting experience of their lives. While there is often peer support for women struggling with infertility, many men suffer in silence. No matter what happens at the end of the fertility road, those going through it as a couple should fall back on their deep sense of partnership. It’s important to make sure both parties have the physical, mental and emotional support they need.
3. Science is Catching up to the Evidence From doctors recommending counseling to infertile couples to partnerships between Eastern and Western medical practices, more research is going into treatments once fluffed off as an anecdote or junk science. With each new development and discovery, we get one step closer to a cure for infertility.
The most exciting journeys begin with an open mind. Once you begin to understand the importance of your state of mind to your overall health and well-being, it’s easy to make the leap to incorporating self-care in your fertility treatment plan. The next step is identifying where to start. We can help!
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