The last few years in Ireland could be considered one long stress period for many people. The causes of stress are individual to each person; common ones can include: unemployment, money worries, relationship worries, longer working hours and having to travel further to reach work. Having less free time to unwind and spend time with family and friends have become an everyday problem and it’s not surprising it is impacting on people’s health
Franklin Roosevelt wisely said that ‘The only thing we have to fear – is fear itself’. We are born with two natural fears – the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises, both of which can be overcome naturally are we develop during childhood. The rest of our fears come into being as we venture into the world. A certain amount of fear is necessary to our survival to help us avoid putting ourselves in dangerous situations but when fear overtakes our lives it is time to address the situation.
Often we can take our health for granted and don’t take good care of ourselves, leading to minor health concerns, e.g. stress, I.B.S, fertility concerns or headaches, to more serious concerns such as diabetes, strokes and heart attacks. We can avoid or minimise the impact of illnesses on our bodies by adopting an ‘everything in moderation’ approach and incorporating better lifestyle choices into our daily routine can work wonders on restoring harmony and balance to our health.
Stress contributes to many health problems and female reproductive health is no exception. It is a major cause of infertility and potential miscarriages in women. One of the major hormones we need to have insufficient levels in our bodies is progesterone for implantation to occur and to carry a pregnancy to term. Progesterone nourishes the uterine lining and prepares it for implantation of a fertilised egg.