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Offline French818

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Does stress affect stimulation response?
« on: 15/04/14, 18:46 »
Hello ladies  :)

I was wondering if you had any advice on the situation I'm in at the moment.....Me and my partner are starting our 3rd IVF cycle as the first two were cancelled due to not responding. But because of my cycles becoming a bit irregular lately it seems that my next IVF is going to fall at a difficult time  ^bigbad^

It is most probably going to fall so that I will be stimming during a University examination, and im very worried that this may have an effect on me responding to the medication as our last cycle got cancelled when I stopped responding to the medication which happened after a very stressful 2 days  :-\. Im not even sure that was the cause but was wondering if anybody had any advice or personal experiences of this type of thing?

We have been changed from Gonal F to Merional in an attempt to get me to respond a little better, I will be on the short protocol again but will have to take northisterone for 11 days instead of the usual 7, also a bit worried about this! Can your ovaries be suppressed in that amount of time and stop a good response to stimms?

Im just a big ball of worry at the moment!  :'(

If we don't do the cycle next month I will not be able to do another until next year most probably because of other commitments.

Sorry to ramble on...but all in all...do you guys think being a bit stressed during stimms has had a bad effect on your cycles? Or being on BCP for a bit longer?

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    Offline oldmamagoodmama

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    Does stress affect stimulation response?
    « Reply #1 on: 2/05/14, 10:35 »
    ...

    Sorry to ramble on...but all in all...do you guys think being a bit stressed during stimms has had a bad effect on your cycles? Or being on BCP for a bit longer?


    dear french,
    what is missing in your post are any information regarding WHY,
    hormonal values for example: what is your AMH, FSH, lifestyle, any history of infertility etc?
    if you are already trying IVF, then you are probably in good hands and/or seeing real fertility specialists and reproductive endocrinologists.

    medical literature is divided on stress - even if it plays a role in getting pregnant, it is probably not related to the growth of antral folicles. but it may affect many other balances in the body, so relaxing is definitelly a good idea. wish you all the best.

    Offline Chickabooo

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    Does stress affect stimulation response?
    « Reply #2 on: 2/05/14, 18:42 »
    Hi French,

    From what I have read stress has no effect on outcome of IVF whatsoever at the time of stimulation.  It may have an effect if it occurs in the 3 months leading up to IVF but once you start it is the drugs that do all the work, and these arent affceted by stress apparently. Hope that helps and good luck.

    C x