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Couples undergoing fertility treatment are more exposed to stress

“I know that infertility does not have an emotional factor involved,” the statement is the gynecologist Luiz Eduardo Albuquerque, director of the Center for Human Reproduction Fertivitro during a conversation about the impact of stress on fertility and pregnancy.

He said you can not point to stress only problem responsible for the difficulty of a particular couple to achieve a pregnancy, but this is one aspect that can not be neglected.

Most couples are looking for an assisted reproduction clinic has already passed the ideal time for a pregnant woman is therefore aware of the difficulties they may face, and this condition generates stress. In addition to professional women, multiple marriages has increased the number of couples were older desiring a son, and they are seeking treatment. “Stress is higher because the expectation is higher, all the data,” he stressed.

The female infertility is closely related to age. After the ideal period, from 20 to 30 years old, the woman’s reproductive capacity is decreasing. The decrease in fertility rate up to 35 years is not significant. But from there, the drop is sharp and is very critical after age 40, when approaching the failure of the ovaries.

For the doctor, the stress is present in all ages but occurs mainly in the more mature woman. “She has more knowledge and know that time is passing,” he pondered.

In evaluating Luiz Eduardo Albuquerque, the need for treatment puts back a couple of very heavy emotional burden. They passed the period of collection of friends, family and the woman is often already at the point of crying every time she sees a child or pregnant woman on the street.

This expectation ends up interfering with fertility, although it is difficult to diagnose. Menstruation, which no woman has ever loved, becomes the possibility of beginning of the solution, and is eagerly awaited every month. Perhaps rightfully so, becomes irregular, gains or loses by increasing stress. Ovulation and menstrual irregularities related to stress are scientifically proven.

The doctor does not recommend that women stop working to devote himself to treatment and pregnancy. He said the procedures do not require great dedication and stress of waiting for a vigil result can be more damaging than that caused by the professional activity, unless the woman is in a very tense and troubled, which compromise their general health.

According to the gynecologist, stress is a factor to determine a more careful pre-natal care for women who become pregnant after treatment. “It’s a more prenatal care. Physiologically there is no difference, but emotionally has, “he said. When a couple gets a fertilization after 8 years of waiting, the stress is very high.

Luiz Eduardo said it is difficult to measure the impact of stress during pregnancy, but the concern is much more to what can cause the baby because the mother-fetus relationship is great. In his assessment, patients are calm kids calm, and stressed patients, who fight with everyone during pregnancy have babies who do not sleep. “The stress of the mother is more important for child development, can cause behavioral disturbances. When there are emotional disturbances during pregnancy, children are more nervous, cry a lot after delivery, “he said.

Egg freezing

The specialist in human reproduction believes the future egg freezing may be an alternative for fertility preservation. “It may be a solution, not a solution,” he said. For now, an expensive: about U.S. $ 15 000 treatment and $ 100.00 monthly to keep the eggs frozen in a clinic. If you save 20 to 30 years to use after age 40, the account is high.

He expects science to reach a better solution to preserve a woman’s fertility for longer. Besides this tendency to delay pregnancy, the reproductive period of women is getting very short when considering the increase in life expectancy, this new reality will require a response.