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Love Q&A: How Can I Get the Stress Under Control?

Q.

I'm having trouble getting pregnant, and it's really starting to stress me out. Is my stress going to make it even harder to conceive? If so, what can I do to get the stress under control?

A.

First of all, remember that you're not alone. In general, most women experiencing infertility report high levels of distress. In one study, women evaluated for distress prior to their first visit to an infertility clinic met the psychiatric criteria for anxiety, depression or even both. And, in another study, women who reported high levels of anxiety and depression prior to starting infertility therapy were less likely to conceive compared to women who were calmer and happier from the start. Read: It is important that you get your stress under control. Try counseling, yoga, mild exercise and acupuncture, which may increase pregnancy rates. If you're still stressed out, talk to your doctor. She may suggest medication.