I have recently found some resources that suggest that stress does NOT decrease chances of conception. Major stressors like going hungry (too low body-fat percentage stops ovulation) or a miscarriage (can change the cycle for a few months) can have big impacts, but the general, everyday stress that most women feel when trying to conceive (did I ovulate? am I pregnant yet? can I eat that? can we have sex again tonight, honey? But I'm so tired! Argh! SO STRESSFUL! oh no, stress is making everything worse! Stop stressing out! THIS IS HORRIBLE!) does not negatively affect chances of getting pregnant. It's pretty normal from what I can tell, and the feedback loop of constantly being told that it's your own fault for not conceiving is maddening. Please remember that anecdotes are not evidence!
Here are my sources:
My take on it:
The first is a significantly more reliable source, but the second points out the problems with all the studies that get touted as "proving the link". This information helped my stress level a lot. I still haven't conceived, myself, (and the goal now is to wait until summer, but I'm not being too careful, so who knows what will happen) but the process continues with far, far, far less stress than I've gone through in the last four months with my early loss, crazy cycles, and fear that it was all my own fault. I felt so strongly about it, and it helped me so much, that I wrote a series of blog posts about why it's so damaging for this myth to be continued. I haven't seen the accusations fly on this board like I have on others about how stressed out women are doing it to themselves, but I figure the wider the information can be spread the better. Let me know what you think!
Edited by Valdara - 4/17/13 at 4:09pm