Can fertility acupuncture help depression? Sounds like it has nothing to do with each other. But let’s have a closer look.
Relax and it will happen, they say. Does your stress cause infertility or does the emotional rollercoaster of not being able to conceive lead to stress and depression? Stress and infertility – a classic Catch-22?
Couples with infertility have increased levels of anxiety and depression. This is a fact. Infertility causes significant distress.
Unmanaged depression can have a negative effect on a couple’s relationship. It affects libido in both partners, it even has a toll on sperm quality. Furthermore, men who have major depression are less likely to conceive a child. And women with severe symptoms have 38 per cent fewer conceptions each month.
So what should you do? Are there any safe treatment options?
Many studies have explored and showed the negative effects of antidepressants on pregnancy and on a baby. We are not yet certain how these drugs affect fertility.
For instance, women undergoing medical treatment for depression are more likely to miscarry. The same study links the use of antidepressants and male infertility. If you are in a position to choose, discuss non-pharmaceutical treatment with your doctor.
How to overcome your depression naturally when trying for a baby
There are a few effective non-drug interventions. We recommend a combination of