Some researchers believe that psychological stress — like feeling worried, sad, overwhelmed or unable to enjoy things — can have a negative effect on a woman's reproductive capacity, but no solid evidence exists to prove that this is the case. Perhaps feeling down can dampen your desire for sex and decrease the frequency of intercourse, which naturally reduces your chances of conception.
The effect of psychological stress on IVF outcomes is also ambiguous. When IVF doesn't work for a couple, both partners naturally feel sad and worried about whether they'll ever be able to have a child — so a connection definitely exists between negative IVF outcomes and psychological stress. But whether this stress then decreases the chance of the couple's next IVF treatment working isn't clear. I talk more about the cause-effect relationship between infertility and psychological stress in Chapter 1.
Regardless of whether feeling positive and optimistic improves your chances of IVF success, when you feel upbeat your life is more enjoyable. So, for this reason alone you need to look after your emotional health, and I discuss some of the ways in which you can do this in Chapter 2.
Psychological stress is a normal response to infertility and infertility treatment, so don't bash yourself up if you don't feel positive and optimistic all the time. And, if IVF treatment doesn't work for you, please don't blame yourself.
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