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Humans, women and men are designed in a way to deal with a certain amount of stress. However, when talking about chronic stress or constant stress exposure, the effects on human reproductive system are worse than you could think. On the other hand, chronic stress, or expressed in other words, constant exposure to stress has a significant effect on woman's fertility and may have the negative effect of preventing woman from getting pregnant by influencing ovulation and causing woman not to ovulate.

It all starts with hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is a portion of the brain that contains a number of small nuclei with a variety of functions. One of the most important functions of the hypothalamus is to link the nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary gland (hypophysis). To explain in more understandable fashion, hypothalamus is the part of the brain that controls the release of hormones. And your brain is hard to fool. It will keep track of everything: whether you are eating too little or to much, whether you are exercising to exhaustion, and whether your job or school is stressful. And when hypothalamus senses stress, it sends the message to the ovary to release eggs may be interrupted and cause stress-induced infertility.

This process is an extremely interesting one, but unfortunately one that patients and even some doctors may find difficult to accept. But, hey, you can t fool your body and you definitely can't fool hypothalamus. The good news is that you can reverse stress induced infertility. How? De-stress. Take it easy, woman. Relax and take some time for yourself. If you are dieting stop, and start eating healthy. If you are exercising yourself to exhaustion, stop. If you can't live without moving your body, simply just start exercising with some more moderation. For example, instead running, include walking or yoga. Yoga is a wonderful thing to start with while trying to conceive. Take some time for yourself. Lay down a bit. Sorry for hurting your ego, but the word won't stop turning if you aren't there I know it is hard to hear things like change your lifestyle and do this and do that, but the final result is well worth it, don't you think?

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