PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) or PCOD (Polycystic ovarian disorder) is a clinical situation of hormonal imbalance in young women of reproductive age group.Its primary clinical presentation is menstrual irregularity and non- ovulation. PCOS in general and its effect on ovulation can impair fertility.Let us look at how stress in PCOS affects fertility.

Why PCOS causes Stress?

  • Obesity
  • Acne
  • Hirsutism
  • Difficulty in conceiving 
  • Constant reminder from doctor and relatives for lifestyle modifications
  • Inability to find time and energy for exercising
  • Food habits- very difficult to change and adapt

How does Stress Affect Fertility?

Chronic Stress leads to Anovulation And Irregular Menses

Associated Factors

  • Job
  • Timings 
  • Family Support
  • Junk Food

Leads to Release of Stress related hormones

  • Adrenaline
  • Catecholamines
  • Corticosteroids
  • Inhibits release of Gonadotropins hormones from Pituitary gland
  • Leads to less secretion of sex hormones

Further Leads to

  • Anovulation
  • Less ovulation
  • Poor Quality Ova 

Associated Factors

  • Poor Libido

Ways To Overcome Stress

  • Exercise - Walking, Jogging, Swimming
  • Joyful Activities Like - Dancing, Singing, Art and Craft creativities
  • Relaxation Activities - Yoga & Meditation, Holiday, Acupressure, Foot reflexology, Spa and Massage
  • Subconscious Mind Training & Visualization Techniques
  • Practice Attitude of Gratitude
  • Break from Therapy for a few months - Psychotherapy, Pharmacotherapy & Medicinal support 

Will reduced stress improve fertility potential?

It is a scientifically proven fact that women who are relaxed and calm during the fertility treatment period stand higher chance of successful outcome.


A mind full of positive energy will aid body in healing faster.