Post # 1
I am currently in graduate school and yes, it is incredibly stressful and tiring. We have also been TTC since October. From what I believe, there should be no reason (other than the odds) that we should be able and should have already concieved. …. I temp and use OPKs, looks like I ovulate right on schedule.
So my question is, could stress really be the culprit here? I only have another month of classes then student teaching (which will be a lot less stressful). I am toying around with the idea of going to the doctors to get checked out because its been 6 months of active trying and we are young and healthy… any advice? Should I wait to see if stress if the evil one or should I make a doctors appointment (I do not want to wait for the year marker as it is suggested)
Post # 3
@Sbee82: I can definitely see how it would, stress messes with hormones, it causes one of my friends to not get a period. It can definitely do a lot of goofy things to your body.
Post # 4
Yes, stress can do crazy things to your body, so trouble concieving could be attributed to that. Why don’t/can’t you wait until after grad school?
Post # 5
Yes. It screws up all sorts of things in your body.
Post # 7
I took a reproduction class from a physician my fourth year of college. Stress can suppress estrogen, which can prevent you from ovulating. Is your menstrual cycle regular? If you are ovulating regularly, I would say that stress is not the issue.
On another hand, at a certain level, stres can also increase estrogen (our bodies are weird). hth! or was it just confusing? I’m somewhat confused by this whole hormone thing, too.
Post # 8
If you had alreay ovulated, stress won’t affect your cycle. Your period will come 12-14 days after ovulating. Stress could stop you from ovulating. If you have a regular period, then you are ovulating normally despite the stress you’re experiencing.
Post # 9
@Sbee82: Nothing of substance to add here, but I am also in graduate school. We’ll start trying in mid-March. Thankfully, I will have taken my finals by then and will not have to worry about another set for 6 more months. Still, grad school is stressful. I hope you conceive soon!
Post # 10
Hmm. My periods have been regular, my chart shows that I ovulate and the OPKs are positive… thats why I think stress isn’t the entire culprit here!!
And the reason we are still trying during my grad school is because Ill be done in June (wanted to take the first year off in between career and baby). Also, once we started TTC and realized it might take longer (hence my worry that it hasnt happened yet) we dont want to wait longer. We are a bit impatient 😉
Post # 11
Stress can prevent or delay ovulation, and I know it’s not good for pregnant women to be overly stressed, but I don’t think it will prevent you from getting pregnant. As long as you’re ovulating, I wouldn’t worry just yet. Plus, since you’re young and healthy, most doctors are going to want you to try for a year before doing anything. Six months seems like forever (believe me, I’ve been trying for almost 14 months now), but it’s still within the normal time range for getting pregnant.
Post # 12
i see that your screen name says ’82’. . .i’m guessing born in 82? which would make you 30 (or 31 if you have already had your bday!)
at 30, i don’t see a problem in going to the doctor at 6 months. they can run some basic tests which might put your mind at ease. also your husband can get a basic test.
and, you could also start working on your diet. . . make sure you are eating heathfully.