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How Stress and Anxiety Can Affect Fertility

Updated: Mar 13

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), mental stress can disrupt the normal flow of Qi energy in the body, leading to blockages and imbalances in the meridians. When Qi becomes stagnant, it can create a range of infertility-related conditions, including:

  • Endocrine disorders

  • Amenorrhea

  • Ovulation disorders

  • Painful period

Modern medicine also recognizes the role of mental stress in infertility. Specifically, stress may disrupt ovulation by affecting the secretion of norepinephrine and dopamine, which in turn affects the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone from the hypothalamus, leading to ovulation disorders. Additionally, stress hormones such as cortisol can disrupt signaling between the brain and the ovaries.

Stress and Improper Breathing are Linked

  • Stress often causes irregular or shallow breathing that can worsen anxiety

  • Improper breathing can lead to physical symptoms of stress and long-term health issues

  • Intentional breathing techniques can help alleviate stress and promote relaxation

It's important to address both stress and improper breathing for overall well-being, through practices like yoga, meditation, or seeking support from a professional.

Acupuncture and TCM treatments are effective in regulating Qi energy in the meridians, getting rid of blockages, and inducing a calming, deep relaxation in your body.

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