Monday, September 27, 2010
Many of my patients already
suspect that stress is a factor in their fertility and their ability to get
pregnant. Now it looks like there is real evidence that this is indeed the
British scientists have
found evidence of this from the saliva samples of 400 fertile aged women. The
samples measured alpha-amylase, an enzyme in the saliva that may be used as an
indicator of the body's response to stress. Higher levels indicate higher
stress levels. Women with high levels of alpha amylase were found to be about
12 percent less likely to get pregnant.
Acupuncture has been shown
to significantly reduce the stress response with great success. This is very
promising for women whose fertility is being affected by stress. Before trying
other more invasive and expensive methods of increasing chances of conception
why not try fertility acupuncture first. It is low cost by comparison, very pleasant and
relaxing and it will likely greatly increase your chances of conception.