Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac, Registered Acupuncturist & Arvigo®Therapy Practitioner
1. Assessing your stress
2. The impact of stress on fertility
3. Stress and ovulation
4. Acupuncture and Arvigo® Therapy for Fertility
Assessing your Stress
When we think of stressful times in our lives, typically what comes to mind may be 'high stress' events such as exams, work layoffs or a bad breakup. Although these may be occasional events, lots of other stressful things sneak up on us on a daily basis. The problem is that for most of us its not possible to walk away from what is constantly stressing us out.
Long morning commutes, traffic congestion, piles of housework or bills and even an overflowing email box can push our buttons over and over again throughout the day. Subtle stress has also been show to build up from our growing use of electronic screens, and for some of us the constant need to be updated leads to stress as well.
Check in with your own stress levels. Consider how stress manifests in your life, how often and for how long. What common signs of stress show up in your life? This can look different for everyone.
- How often do you feel tired or sleep deprived?
- How often are you irritable or impatient?
- How often do you just feel out of sorts?
- How often do you find yourself over-indulging in food (or wine, coffee or sugary snacks)?
- Are you forgetting to eat? Forgetting to allow yourself time to rest?
How does stress affect fertility?
Is ovulation affected by stress?
When a woman's body is in an ongoing state of chronic stress, the constant "fight or flight" signals lead to a surge in cortisol production that is often at the expensive of progesterone production. This is actually referred to as the "pregneolone steal", where stress is usually the main thief behind the process.
Acupuncture and Arvigo® Therapy
Studies have shown that acupuncture can act to normalize stress levels by regulating the stress-induced increases of blood level cortisol. Acupuncture has also been linked to an increase in our body's production of endorphins.
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® focus on restoring and balancing the flow of nourishing fluids and energy to the reproductive and digestive systems. Focusing on the lower abdomen area (the uterus and ovaries) and upper abdomen, this therapy helps to release any tension or restricted breathing. A professional Arvigo Therapy session includes a demonstration of the self care techniques. The self care aspect of this therapy gives clients the tools to practice a relaxing and beneficial technique on their own, whenever they need to.