Reduce Stress to Improve Your Chances of Conceiving
Science shows that reducing stress can directly and positively impact your chances of conception. If you're trying to conceive, try our Fertility Calculator to find the best times for sex.
In one study, published in Fertility and Sterility in 2000, researchers followed 120 women who had been trying to get pregnant for one to two years. One group participated in cognitive behavioral therapy, a second in a support group, and one group received no psychological treatment at all. After one year, women in the two groups receiving some psychological treatment had significantly higher pregnancy rates than those in the control group. In another study from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, private counseling sessions focused on destressing techniques seemed to help boost ovarian activity, a first step to conception. It’s too simple to just say, “Relax and you’ll get pregnant.” But try to relax anyway.