(Closed) Can stress really stop you from getting pregnant?

posted 9 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@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
30 posts
  • Wedding: November 2008

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
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Yes. It screws up all sorts of things in your body. 

Post # 6
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013


Post # 7
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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
1845 posts
Buzzing bee

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
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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 # 11
297 posts
Helper bee

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
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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.

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