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Will Stress Affect Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Some women find themselves not getting pregnant for no apparent reason. The actual reason may be the mental stress you are going through. There is a gland in your brain called hypothalamus, which controls your appetite and emotion. Unusual stress can affect the functioning of this gland and the hormones which control the release of eggs in your ovary. So when you are stressed out the ovulation may not take place on the normal day at the middle of your cycle. You may have sex on the 14th day of the cycle thinking that the ovulation takes place on that day. Because of the stress, the ovulation may take place only later and you miss the chance of getting pregnant.

Will Stress Affect Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

You cannot have a completely stress-free life. Everyday you go through some kind of stress. This normal stress cannot affect your ovulation because your body gets used to it. So, such stresses may not affect your ovulation. But sudden and considerable stress, like a death in the family, an accident, or divorce can throw your cycle off balance. The effect of stress acts differently on different women. In some, even a trip to another place may cause anxiety and resultant changes in the cycle. In others, even a bigger stress cannot affect their cycle. Even unusual happiness, like that of a new bride, can cause stress that throws the cycle off balance.

When you are affected by stress, your cervical fluid gives you a warning. When the time for ovulation approaches(You can use our Free ovulation calculator), you notice increased cervical fluid wetness, normally. But if you are overstressed, patches of wetness appear interspersed with dry days. If such a thing occurs, you must infer that your body is trying to ovulate, but the stress in you delays it. You can find out the actual day of the ovulation by monitoring the basal temperature of the body. There is an increased temperature on the day after the ovulation and it is sustained for the next 12 to 16 days.

A delayed ovulation does not shorten the luteal phase. It lasts the normal 12 to 16 days up to the start of the next menstrual period even after a delayed ovulation. A short luteal phase may cause early miscarriage. Stress cannot prevent pregnancy. It can only delay the ovulation. If you have to live with high stress, you can predict the day of ovulation by watching your cervical fluid and have a successful pregnancy.

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