April 20, 2010
Infertility, miscarriage and C-sections are fast becoming important topics of discussion for anyone wanting to become pregnant. The rate of infertility, miscarriages and C-sections are at an all time high. Add everyday worry and anxiety to the equation and you will easily see how stress can contribute to these problems.
Stress interferes with your reproductive hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) and therefore interferes with the reproductive process and is a major cause for infertility and miscarriages. The reason is simple…stress depletes your progesterone, which throws everything out of balance.
The word ‘progesterone’ means “for gestation.” This means the good Lord designed this hormones to help us become pregnant and stay pregnant. Progesterone nourishes the uterine lining in preparation for the implanted, fertilized egg. It is progesterone that continually feeds and nourishes the uterus during pregnancy. Unfortunately, constant stress gradually ‘steals’ what progesterone you have and need for pregnancy or any other female need and uses it to make cortisol, your stress hormone. This causes a decrease in your progesterone levels and is associated with infertility and miscarriages.
When you are constantly in that “fight or flight” mode, your adrenal glands will produce additional cortisol and adrenaline. This is a normal process. The problem is — in order to make cortisol, your stress hormone, your adrenal glands need progesterone. This causes your progesterone to be used to make your stress hormones, as opposed to what it is primarily designed for, which is to support your pregnancy. This is commonly referred to as the “progesterone steal.”