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VenusdiMilo - July 10

Hello ladies, this is not intended to start a debate but to share information. Good Luck!! Stress can interfere with getting pregnant. In fact, if you're stressed because you're having a hard time getting pregnant, people often say, "just relax, and it will happen." Although this can be insulting, there's a kernel of truth to it. That's because stress can affect the functioning of the hypothalamus — the gland in the brain that regulates appet_te, emotions, as well as the hormones required to release the eggs. If you're stressed out, you may ovulate later in your cycle or not at all. So if you're only having s_x around day 14 — thinking this is when you're about to ovulate — then you're probably not going to get pregnant. It's important to differentiate between constant and sudden stress. Your body often acclimates to constant, everyday stresses so you'll probably ovulate fairly consistently each cycle. It's the sudden stress — a death in the family, divorce — that can throw your cycle off and interfere with conceiving. But this varies from woman to woman. Some women find that even a trip out of town can delay ovulation; others find that a severely traumatic incident doesn't impact their cycle at all. It's also important to note that positive stress can also affect your cycle; you might ovulate later or not at all. Brides often report strange cycles because they're happily stressed about their weddings. It doesn't matter that the stress is good — it can still affect ovulation. If you're trying to get pregnant and you're under stress, your cervical fluid may give you a warning that something's wrong. Rather than noticing increasing cervical wetness as you approach ovulation, you might find patches of wetness interspersed with dry days — it's as if your body is trying to ovulate, but the stress continues to delay it. You won't know that you've ovulated unless you're tracking your basal body temperature and you see the sustained rise about a day after ovulation – which can be stressful if a few months go by without getting a BFP). The good news is that delayed ovulation lengthens your entire cycle; it does not shorten the luteal phase — the period typically lasting 12 to 16 days after ovulation to the start of your next menstrual period. This is important because a short luteal phase has been linked to early miscarriage. So while stress may screw up your ovulation, it won't necessarily mess with your chances of a successful pregnancy.


sarahd - July 10

Hi Venus - thanks for the info! Do you know if stress after you've O'd can interfere with implantation?


soimpatient - July 10

Well, after reading that i think I'm going to quit my job ;)


VenusdiMilo - July 10

Hi Sarahd, I wish I could give you a definitive answer your question but I can’t. All I know is, stress can do so much to the body and the body is resilient source but it can handle but so much. With that said, just be aware of your stress levels…………Soimpatient, you are too funny :-)


kristie h - July 10

Can you get af even when you havent O?


VenusdiMilo - July 11

Kristie, the answer to your question is yes. Having a period does not necessarily mean that ovulation has taken place. Some women may have what is called an anovulatory cycle, (meaning no ovulation) and can experience some bleeding which is mistaken for a period, but it is actually not a true period. This bleeding is caused by either a buildup in the uterine lining that can no longer sustain itself or by an estrogen level drop. The main way to decipher if ovulation is in fact taking place is by tracking the body temperature - which can be a bit time comsuming and stressful. So, it really depends on how you want to go about this. Good Luck!!


Emma2 - July 11

Thanks for that! The key word is stress can delay ovulation rather than a period directly. I have had so many issues trying to explain that to some.


cdmrose - July 11

Venus, so if have a pretty regular AF, I measure changes in temp, see CM changes, AND an ovulation test gives me the go-ahead, then I can be sure that I'm ovulating? The reason I ask is because I have scar tissue from an appendectomy a few years ago - the doc thinks that it could be keeping one of my ovaries from functioning. We have been TTC for 4 months now


VenusdiMilo - July 11

cdmrose, I would say yes if you’re charting/temping correctly. So, now you wait and see what happens. I'm actively on my 4th month as well. Good Luck!!



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