Even though stress doesn't cause infertility, coping with stress while struggling to conceive can wreak havoc on someone's mental health. This is the reality for an estimated 186 million people globally who report fertility issues, according to the World Health Organization. And those who explore options like in vitro fertilization (IVF) can face a pressure-packed process due to substantial costs, hormonal impacts, anticipatory anxiety, higher rates of miscarriage and so on.

Become aware of your stress

"Regaining your calm and balance helps not only your physical and reproductive health, but also your relationship and your sex life," said Seattle-based psychologist Sarah Rattray, Ph.D. She recommends that the first step in managing your stress is admitting its existence, as the tension can creep up over time and added stressors