I Just read this very interesting article online about work related stress, and how it affects women. The article is fromSeptember 21, 2008
Here is an extract of the article, explaining how stress can affect fertility:
One in seven couples in the UK now struggles to conceive and, for many women, prolonged stress and anxiety could be the root cause. Professor Sarah Berga of Emory University in America is a leading proponent of the link between chronic stress and compromised fertility. She has shown that stress often triggers a cascade of events that result in reduced levels of two hormones that are crucial for ovulation, and that women with hectic jobs on top of busy lives are most at risk. One of her studies, published two years ago, showed that women who didnt ovulate had excessive levels of the stress hormone cortisol present in their brain fluid.
Your brain is hard to fool, says Berga. If you are undereating, overworking and overexercising, then the hypothalamus the part of the brain that controls the release of hormones keeps a running tally of what you are doing.
For many women, stress-related infertility can be reversed. Berga found that ovulation was restored in seven out of 10 women who underwent talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy.