The effects of stress on female sexual and reproductive health

Women who suffer from chronic stress report greater difficulty conceiving, irregular periods/ovulation, or amenorrhea—the absence of periods. Photo: Pexels

(Woman Log) — Stress and anxiety are likely to affect your physical and mental health. Often the first symptoms appear in the reproductive system. Prolonged or chronic stress can confuse the body and therefore hormone production, causing irregular periods, difficulty conceiving, and even low libido.

Stress is a natural part of our lives. Positive stress helps us deal with challenges and dangers. The body produces a surge of adrenaline, which increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure, and boosts your energy supply.

However, chronic stress can be debilitating, often negatively impacting the female body, especially when it comes to sexual and reproductive health. A healthy lifestyle and proper stress management are important for all of our systems to function properly. (…)