It can be frustrating to be told to just relax, but the fact is that stress can impact fertility. But you can fight back with these five stress busting ideas

Five ways to increase fertility by decreasing stress

I don’t think stress ever came up more than when my husband and I were trying to conceive.

“Relax, it will happen!”

For a great many of you reading this on the TTC or “trying to conceive” journey, your eyes just twitched. I have to be honest, it hurt a little to type. Out of all the phrases I hated hearing while TTC, that was at the top of the list.

The problem is that as much as we hate it, conventional wisdom has it right:​

Stress impacts fertility.

It’s not something we can argue. We have thousands of years of doctors and sages corroborating all of the studies we’ve done on the subject in the past century. The difference is now we know why – hormones.

It can be frustrating to be told to just relax, but the fact is that stress can impact fertility. But you can fight back with these five stress busting ideas

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Fertility Awareness is a way for women to get in touch with their bodies and learn their own rhythms of ovulation and flow.

How to get started with Fertility Awareness

If you ask most women how long their cycle is supposed to be they’ll answer “28 days”. This is because the current medical model is based on averages and the assumption that cycles can be evenly divided in half, with ovulation on Day 14. This makes conception and contraception difficult for those who try to use the rhythm method, counting 14 days from the first day of bleeding to estimate ovulation.

The Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), often confused with the rhythm method, is much more than just counting. It’s learning how your body operates so that you can know when and when not to have intercourse and when to expect changes in your body such as menstruation.

Fertility Awareness is a way for women to get in touch with their bodies and learn their own rhythms of ovulation and flow.

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