Actually, I think it really varies by person and their emotional/psychological make-up. For example, I was just reading about PCOS and the stress component, and the fact that cortisol levels can influence production of the “precursor” hormones: those that are responsible for hormones that we’re all familiar with: progesterone, etc.
Also, there is increasingly an awareness of the mind/body connection, as in the documentary “What the *&^% Do We Know?”
Adina, I totally relate to the hurtfulness of people telling me to relax. AS IF that’s going to get me pregnant.
But in my own experience of healing, which coincides with my most intense ttc period, I have clearly seen the effect of my core beliefs about my health and my life affecting my fertility and much more. For me, stress reduction is not synonymous with relaxation, though the latter is a component.
Well, this was a simple question for a specific situation: not dealing with infertility. So, in response to that, I think that one of the hardest things of ttc is to have the peace of mind, the certitude and the patience that can play such a huge part in waiting for that bfp. Who knows how each of us responds physiologically to the changes and chances of our lives? As we have seen, Western medicine is sorely lacking in its comprehension of the total health of people.
, peace in our minds and hearts, and LOTS of babydust...