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Stress affects fertility

If you’re trying to conceive, you should perhaps bear in mind that stress can have a negative impact on your fertility.


Neil Shah, director of the Stress Management Society, said people suffering from stress often have a low libido, while their reproductive organs tend to function inefficiently.

“Men can suffer from things such as erectile dysfunction but also the stress will cause adrenalin and cortisol to flood the body which puts you into a low level of fertility,” he explained.

Stress can also increase the risk of miscarriage in women, the expert pointed out.

“One of the best things you can do if you’re attempting to have a baby is to relax and enjoy the experience, not stress yourself about it,” Mr Shah remarked.

His comments come after a study by researchers at Oxford University concluded that healthy women reduce their chances of becoming pregnant in any one month if they are experiencing stress.

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