High-Acheivers Club

Does this sound like you?

You often experience cravings for salt or sugar, you are chronically tired or wired & tired, and you frequently experience sleep disturbances (difficulty falling or staying asleep)? I bet you often rely on caffeine or stimulants.

The Smart Fertility Assessment indicates you likely have

cortisol dysfunction

What is cortisol dysfunction?

Cortisol is one of the key hormones that influences our circadian rhythms. Having energy in the morning and being able to sleep at night is dependent partly on cortisol releasing at the proper points in the day, and slowly subside by evening so that the body can shift into sleep mode. Cortisol has gotten a bad rap for too long! In reality, not having enough cortisol in the morning usually looks like not being able to get out of bed, hitting the snooze button five times before finally forcing yourself to get up and moving, or needing coffee to turn your brain on! Equally important is that cortisol should taper off throughout the day, and be it’s lowest at night so that melatonin can do it’s job.

How does this affect fertility?

Stress and its physiological mediator, cortisol, can impact fertility in several ways. From a functional perspective, here are the primary effects:

  1. Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Gonadal (HPG) Axis Disruption: Stress can lead to alterations in the HPG axis, which regulates reproductive hormones. An acute or chronic increase in cortisol can inhibit the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) from the hypothalamus. This, in turn, reduces the secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) from the anterior pituitary gland, which are critical for ovulation and sperm production.

  2. Ovulatory Disruption: Reduced levels of LH and FSH can lead to anovulatory cycles (cycles where no egg is released). Women might experience irregular menstrual cycles, reduced menstrual flow, or even amenorrhea (absence of menstruation). This clearly has a direct impact on fertility.

  3. Endometrial Receptivity: Chronic stress can influence the uterine environment and may impact the endometrial lining's receptivity to implantation. An inhospitable endometrial lining can hinder the embryo's ability to implant and establish a pregnancy.

  4. Decreased Libido: Chronic stress can lead to decreased sexual desire in both men and women. Reduced sexual activity can obviously impact the chances of conception.

  5. Sperm Quality: In men, prolonged stress can decrease sperm concentration, motility, and morphology, reducing overall sperm quality. Although the exact mechanism isn't entirely clear, cortisol may inhibit testosterone production and spermatogenesis.

  6. Increased Uterine Contractility: Some studies suggest that stress can increase contractility (contractions) of the uterus, which might interfere with the implantation of the embryo.

  7. Impact on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART): Women undergoing ART, like in vitro fertilization (IVF), who are experiencing significant stress, may have reduced success rates. The exact reasons for this are still being researched, but it's believed that cortisol and other stress hormones play a role.

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About Dr. Aumatma

Madre Fertility Co-Founder

With an emphasis on hormonal harmony, increased mental and emotional well-being, and overall physical health improvement, Dr. Aumatma Simmons has helped thousands of couples achieve fertility success.

15-year, double-board certified Naturopathic Doctor and Endocrinologist

Best-selling author, host of the Egg Meets Sperm postcast

2015 & 2020 "Best Naturopathic Medicine Doctor" locally

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