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Stress and the Body: Female Reproductive System

"Stress is the spice of life" - Hans Selye

In my last blog, we spoke on stress and the male reproductive system. The male reproductive system is designed for reproduction and urination. Therefore stress obstructs a number of things, such as disrupt testosterone levels and limit sperm production and motility. The blog was extensive, but I learned a lot from writing and hope the readers did as well. Now we will speak on the female reproductive system and how stress affects it as well.

Now the female reproductive system purpose and function is a blog in itself, so we are going to summarise it as usual and then go into stress. The female reproductive system, according to Medical News Today is "a group of organs that work together to enable reproduction, pregnancy, and childbirth. It also produces female sex hormones, including estrogen and progesterone." Now the female reproductive system is extremely complex and to go into each and every component of it is a blog within itself. Therefore, we are going to speak in certain areas that stress affects the reproductive system to give some more clarity.

Now one of the main issues that stress affects in women's reproductive system is a hormonal imbalance. Whenever a woman has some hormonal imbalances due to stress hormones being secreted continuously it leads to irregular menstrual cycles, as well as decreased libido in men and women. Also, too much stress, actually can lower a woman's estrogen levels as well, which will have a massive effect on the psychology and physiology of the woman. Whenever you have low estrogen levels it contributes to many issues such as,

  • Dry skin.

  • Tender breasts.

  • Weak or brittle bones.

  • Trouble concentrating.

  • Moodiness and irritability.

  • Vaginal dryness or atrophy.

  • Hot flashes and night sweats.

  • Irregular periods or no periods (amenorrhea).

All of these issues are psychological as well as physiological so it's important to have stress management techniques within your daily routines in order to reduce the impacts on stress on the mind-body connection. Therefore, I hope you enjoyed this blog on stress and the female reproductive system, on the next blog we will speak on how stress affects pregnancy. Have a great rest of the day, peace!! :)

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