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Karen Omand | Blog | Energy Medicine | Mental Health

Motherhood is still seen as a defining and expected role for women in most cultures. When a couple experiences infertility, it can cause a strain on the marriage and create an enormous amount of grief. The grief associated with infertility is a lot more complex and difficult than most people realize. As a Thanatologist, I classify infertility as a non-death loss filled with chronic sorrow, often unsupported and/or stigmatized by society.

Stress can wreak havoc on the body, especially when it comes to issues surrounding fertility. Stress in itself can negatively affect hormone, sleep, mood, digestion and fertility. When stressed, your body is in survival mode, also know as fight-or-flight mode. Your sympathetic nervous system is in full operation: your heart pumps faster, your breathing increases, your muscles tense up, your senses are on full alert.

It is a well-known fact that we are spending more and more time looking at screens and the pandemic has only exacerbated that fact. With virtual learning and Zoom meetings now commonplace, it is no wonder that we are starting to see some effects on the eye health of children, teens, and adults of all ages.