Stress can really effect our mood, relationships and bodies. A lot of stress over a long period of time can physically effect the female body.
Symptoms of stress
Sometimes we may not even realise how stressed we really are as we keep carrying on with juggling all our everyday tasks. Typically stress can show as:
Unable to concentrate
Changes in our appetite
Lower sex drive
Effects of stress on our bodies
Extreme stress can cause your periods to stop (amenorrhea), become irregular or cause more pain than they usually do.
Stress can cause you to drink a little too much, eat a poor diet, exercise too much or not at all, and lower your sex drive. All of these can reduce your chances of conceiving.
Stress can cause a hormone imbalance which in turn can cause your hair to fall out and cause other issues such as problems with your period, acne and weight gain.
Stress can lower our immune systems which may increase the likelihood of getting vaginal infections such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis.
To try and reduce your stress levels you could try:
Eating a healthy diet
Getting a good nights sleep
Talking to someone
If you are experiencing issues such as menstrual problems, hormone imbalance and trouble conceiving it may still be best to seek professional help to rule out any underlying conditions.
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