What to Expect
Everyone experiences stress and anxiety at one time or another. Some people can cope with more, some less. Some people struggle to deal with it; others master it and even use it positively. Have you done a stress check before?
The Stress Check: DASS-21 is a 21 item self report questionnaire designed to measure the severity of a range of symptoms common to Depression, Anxiety and stress. While completing the DASS, you are required to indicate the presence of a symptom over the previous week.
Stress and High Blood Pressure
Along with emotional discomfort caused due to stress, human bodies react by releasing stress hormones in the blood. Accordingly The hormones, adrenaline, and cortisol, prepare the body for the “fight or flight” response which makes the heart beat faster and constrict the blood vessels. This causes more blood supply to the core of the body instead of the extremities.
Finally The increase in heart rate causes blood pressure to rise temporarily. Once the stress reaction goes away, blood pressure gets back to its pre-stress level. The effect of “situational stress” is generally short-lived and disappears once when the stressful event is over.
“Fight or flight” is a response by our body when we face an imminent threat that we can handle by confronting or fleeing. However, in today’s world, opting for such reactions may not be possible. This leads to chronic or constant stress causing our bodies to be affected for days or weeks at a time.
Stress and Fertility
When a couple, in spite of having unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer are unable to conceive a child, it is called infertility. There are many reasons for stress affect fertility.
Infertility is for males and females. Up to 15% of couples are infertile. There are many other factors which can affect the fertility process; one of the major factors seen is stress.
Everybody suffers from work and family responsibilities in day to day life. When someone feels stressed by something going around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood, these chemicals affect the general well-being of our health, which ultimately leads to infertility.
Research has indicated that fertility is inversely proportional to the stress level, i.e., if the stress levels are high, it has a negative effect on fertility levels; Stress directly affects the reproductive system by releasing hormones in our body which leads to hormonal imbalance.