Can stressing about conceiving prevent it?

Source: Womens Heatlh Magazine, Alice Bliss and others, April 2014
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Women's Health writers ask fertility specialists about the sorts of things that women worry about, like the effect of stress on fertility. The effect of acupuncture on stress hormones and on ovary function is highlighted.


Advice from the support clinic is quoted,  Try acupuncture, which “can raise your endorphin levels and reduce stress hormones, allowing your body and mind to relax immediately,” says Jane Lyttleton, clinical director of The Acupuncture IVF Support Clinic.

Stress was not the only thing on the minds of the Womens Health magaizine team – PCOS is something that comes up for their readers often too. As well as endometriosis and male factor infertility. They quote “a study in the American Journal of Physiology found repeated acupuncture treatments increase ovulation frequency in patients who were having trouble conceiving due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This also applies to poor ovary function that’s unrelated to PCOS. It’s been shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of endometriosis that affect fertility, says Lyttleton. “And clinical trials have demonstrated the benefit of acupuncture to sperm quality – especially when there’s low motility [when sperm aren’t moving forward correctly] or high numbers of abnormal forms,” she adds.