How depression and anxiety affect fertility
Depression/stress and fertility – the classic catch 22. Stay with us and learn why pharmaceutical management of depression may be a poor choice and how to solve this situation naturally with the help of non-drug interventions including acupuncture.
Couples with infertility report increased anxiety and depression. Infertility has every potential to cause significant stress and suffering. I unmanaged depression can have a devastating effect on a couple’s relationship and on their success in becoming parents.
Depression can affect the fertility of both men and women. I can affect man’s sexual function, sperm quality. Just the last year a large clinical study found that men who have major depression are less likely to conceive a child. Another study on women with severe depression found 38 per cent fewer conceptions per month.
Are antidepressants safe?
Antidepressants can be unsafe when trying for a baby. Research showed the link between the use of antidepressants and male infertility. Women undergoing anti-depressant treatment were more likely to have a miscarriage.
Perinatal depression and anxiety effects on the baby
Perinatal depression and anxiety in mothers can affect the development of the child during the first 18 years of life. Specifically, it affects social-emotional, cognitive, language, motor, and adaptive behaviour development. It is important to seek help early.
What is the safest way to manage your depression when trying to conceive?
A number of studies have explored the possible negative effects of antidepressants on a healthy pregnancy and on a baby. However, we lack information on how these drugs affect fertility. So if you in a position to choose your treatment, discuss non-pharmaceutical depression management with your doctor. There are a few effective non-drug interventions available like
- Counselling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
- Exercise (cardio and yoga)
We recommend that you combine at least two of the above interventions.
Acupuncture is both safe and effective therapy against depression when trying for a baby
Acupuncture may be your non-drug alternative therapy of choice when trying to conceive. Reduced stress and anxiety are some of the well-known fertility acupuncture’s benefits. Majority of our fertility acupuncture patients report feeling more relaxed.
In 2019 our Australian colleagues from the University of Western Sydney investigated if acupuncture is a suitable treatment for depression. They summed up trials from Asia (China, Korea) and English speaking countries in a systematic review and meta-analysis.
The study authors concluded that acupuncture had significant benefits for patients with depression. The average successful acupuncture treatment involved about two to three sessions per week. Patients had this natural treatment for several weeks. Acupuncture may be used as a complementary treatment alongside antidepressants or a stand-alone therapy for less severe depression. Not to mention, acupuncture can help to speed up your fertility journey.
We care for couples experiencing a range of depression-related symptoms: low moods, niggling pains, insomnia, digestive disorders, low libido, no energy.
We are proud of our natural, holistic, integrative, and most scientifically up to date approach to acupuncture treatment.
Would you be willing to discover how acupuncture can help your situation? Get in touch now.