Research Shows Stress Contributes To Infertility

by | Dec 7, 2020 | 2 comments

New research has confirmed in laboratory testing that a population of nerve cells near the base of the brain – the RFRP neurons – become active in stressful situations and then suppress the reproductive system.

The report published by ScienceDaily looks at a paper Published in The Journal of Neuroscience, and led by Professor Greg Anderson of the Centre for Neuroendocrinology, the research has confirmed in laboratory testing that a population of nerve cells near the base of the brain — the RFRP neurons — become active in stressful situations and then suppress the reproductive system.

Given the current situation, this year alone has created an abundance of stress for people around the globe and this will have negative effects on overall health and wellbeing. 

“A revolutionary step forward that has become available to neuroscientists in recent years is the ability to control the activity of selected groups of neurons — to either silence or ramp up their activity, and then monitor the outcomes,” Professor Anderson says.

Findings & Moving Forward

“Amazingly, when we used cortisol to suppress the reproductive hormones but also silenced the RFRP neurons, the reproductive system continued to function as if cortisol wasn’t there at all — proving that the RFRP neurons are a critical piece of the puzzle in stress-induced suppression of reproduction.”

“For women struggling with infertility, drugs which block the actions of the RFRP neurons may prove to be a novel therapy. From what we know about these neurons, such a drug wouldn’t have any side-effects.

“There are such drugs available, but they’re not approved for human use and they would likely need refining,” he says.

Is Pharmaceutical Intervention Needed

In some cases, yes. Although, using tools such as meditation, a person can relive themselves of daily stresses. Simple breathing techniques have been found to help reduce tension in the body, which in turn, brings the body back to a calm and balanced state. See the video here.

Stress does not only reside in the mind. The body itself stores stress in the form of tense muscles. Thats why many use massage therapy regularly to help release the stresses held on by the body. 

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