How much does stress affect TTC? Acute vs. chronic? Does timing matter?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Some people will say that stress can affect TTC, but I don’t think so.

I suffer from anxiety and panic disorder and I worry about almost everything. I’ve gotten better over the last couple of years but I stress easily.  It took 7 cycles to get PG but compared to a lot of other people that’s not that long. I don’t think my stress had anything to do with our TTC journey.

Good luck!

Post # 4
3696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Stress can delay ovulation but I’ve never heard of it preventing implantation. I think you’re at the same point you’d be in if you weren’t stressed. 

Post # 5
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve only had stress impact my cycle once in my life, and that was when my bf’s mom died while we were in high school.  My period came 12 days late that month, my doctor actually gave me medication to get it to start again.  That is an extreme case, I don’t think everyday stress interferes much with my ovulation schedule I was always pretty regular despite being a worrier 😛  I also agree with Glasgowbound, stress or illness can affect when you ovulate (sometimes your body senses the stress/illness and decides to wait longer to release an egg that month) but it shouldn’t affect whether or not an already fertilized egg can implant.  So in your particular case i don’t think stress is a factor at all.

Post # 6
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@IAmTheShadow:  If it helps, I conceived the same month we got our puppy. I was locking myself in the bathroom, crying hysterically for fear of being bitten by my puppy. He was also a seziure dog, so I was so stressed out watching him suffer through seizures. We spent so much time taking care of him and that, combined with my job, was a real stressful situation.

However, I still got pregnant. I think stress delays periods and doesn’t help in the sex aspect (you might have too many thoughts running through your mind to focus or finish if you were a guy), but as far as it preventing you from getting pregnant, no.

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