Next, to fatigue, the second most common hidden fertility factor stopping you from getting pregnant is the natural stress response.
Symptoms of a hidden stress response can include mood fluctuations, anxiety, anger, difficulty sleeping, flatness, over thinking or an overactive mind with racing thoughts, irritability, depression, lack of motivation, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and many others.
Stress and mood changes are within the top 120 fertility factors linked to why you can't get pregnant. Their effect is complex and can be both a cause and also a response to a lengthy unexplained infertility journey.
If you have the time and money to take the risk and can handle the stress of just seeing how you go each cycle (either natural or with IVF) then that's great. But time goes fast. It's ironic that trying to conceive is stressful, frustrating and exhausting and this very stress response can be a hidden cause of why you can't get pregnant.
This means when you are preparing your body for pregnancy or trying to conceive; it is also important to support your body, mind, and soul.
There are so many causes of mood changes such as HPA axis dysregulation caused by stress, autoimmune system imbalance, digestive problems, allergies, toxicity, genetic conditions like the MTHFR gene, thyroid problems, Poly Cystic Ovarian Disorder, endometriosis, Fibroids and other hormonal problems.
This means exploring new ways to manage stress, underlying health problems and restoring balance in your life is fundamental to having a baby when you are ready.
We also know what you do and don't eat and when you eat it all influence energy, mood, hormones, sleep, and health. Add to this, nutritional deficiencies, neurotransmitter imbalances, digestive problems and poor detoxification and you have a perfect combination of stress-induced mood changes. Restoring psychological wellness by identifying underlying health problems and promoting calmness, positivity, and mindfulness or using prescribed herbal therapies will reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, and anger.
Stress also plays a role in contributing to autoimmune disorders often associated with poor implantation and recurrent miscarriage. New research identifies stress as a leading cause of poor IVF outcomes.
What’s important to remember is stress throughout trying to conceive is inevitable, however, it’s how you manage it that makes the difference. Heading into a fertility journey without proper planning or implementing natural support strategies like herbal tonics to tone and support your system is something you should avoid as it will potentially make your journey so much harder!
So How Does Mood Cause Infertility?
Mood changes are stressful in their own right. Unavoidable levels of stress cause elevation in cortisol levels. The problem is, sustained high levels of cortisol contribute to mood changes and are a contributing factor to lowered fertility.
Cortisol also stimulates the release of glucose, potentially contributing to metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and subsequent weight gain. This response is also associated with the progression of other disorders such as Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, Fibroids and Thyroid problems; all leading causes of lowered fertility and all linked to mood changes.
Expanding on this, it's important to mention new and exciting research that directly links insulin resistance to lowered fertility. Even if you are a healthy body weight now, if you have been obese at some point in your life, cellular changes throughout that time are still relevant now as they can lower egg quality and interfere with healthy cycles of ovulation. The great news is, therapeutic herbs assist in reversing cellular changes associated with insulin resistance.
So How Can You Make a Difference?
If you really want to start improving your fertility in just 7 days, I cannot stress how important it is for you to find out what hidden fertility factors are stopping you.
The best and only way to do this properly is to learn how to understand your body, by listening to your symptoms and then gain expert knowledge on how to provide natural support to reverse underlying imbalances creating those symptoms. My BUMP Quick Start fertility package is developed to do just that
BUMP® is a proven system that works particularly well for those when IVF has failed.
This 10 minute initial conversation is free of charge and enables us to gain an understanding of where you are up to in your fertility journey. It provides an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out which BUMPFertility service is best for you.