Why does it seem that so many women are experiencing fertility problems? Fertility statistics from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine say that infertility affects about 10% of the reproductive age population or about 6 million Americans. Many women who have delayed childbearing until they have established their careers or found the right partner then may find they have trouble getting pregnant.
Your Egg Quality and Fertility
These fertility statistics suggest that a woman’s egg quality begins to decline as she ages, particularly after age 35. One-third of couples whose female member is age 35 to 39 will have problems with fertility; that number jumps to two-thirds for women over 40. If this is you, are you experiencing guilt for “waiting so long?”
Infertility: Medical Reasons?
Or perhaps there is a medical reason you or your partner are not getting pregnant. Or have you been told there is no medical reason you’re not getting pregnant, and you fall into the “unexplained” category?
In any case you’re beginning to feel stress about your chances of becoming a mom or dad.
Infertility and Stress
Is there a relationship between stress and infertility? You don’t need an expert to tell you that infertility can certainly bring about stress. You may be experiencing physical symptoms like anxiety, headaches or insomnia. Your emotions go on a roller coaster ride, hoping against hope each month that the odds will go in your favor, or that the next treatment will help. Or you may be surrounded by friends or family members who get pregnant easily, and don’t understand your frustration. Rates of depression and anxiety among infertile women has been found to be as high as for women experiencing a variety of serious medical conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
But can stress contribute to infertility? There is growing evidence that stress can affect ovulation, reduce the quality of your eggs, and interfere with implantation. If you are stressed, you may have more difficulty making clear decisions or following through on treatment. Let’s face it, stress not only makes you miserable as you’re trying to get pregnant, but it might make it harder for you to reach your goal, whatever you decide it to be.
Infertility Counseling Success
You are not alone! And help is just a phone call or text away. Research has shown that women who seek emotional support from others, get help from a qualified counselor, or enroll in a Mind Body Class for Infertility, can lead happier, more joyful lives and increase their chances of getting pregnant.