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Fertility expert Fiona Kacz-Boulton says, these days, working women are facing increasing troubles in conceiving. She asserted that women are pushing themselves to the extreme while ‘chasing’ male work goals that highly stresses their fertility system.

She further commented that women’s bodies could not behave in a feminine way if they are acting ‘masculine’. According to her, it is women who work stressful jobs like bankers and software engineers that are at a high risk of encountering complications while getting pregnant.

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Boulton appeared on The Fertility Show and said that being a breadwinner or pursuing a career can have harmful biological effects on women’s fertility. She says many women have achieved their ambitions but are unable to have babies.

Women are pushing themselves to the extreme while ‘chasing’ male work goals that highly stresses their fertility system.

‘In this day and age, women are now out working just as much as men, trying to achieve and are in this very masculine state – a yang state, a go-getting state – but then we are expecting our body to be in the feminine state, which is about opening and surrendering (to conceive).’

A fertility conference held last year also mentioned that female bankers are 60 percent less likely to become pregnant through fertility treatments such as IVF. Also, lack of time for fertility appointment also plays a part. 

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But other fertility experts like her too believe that the stress of masculine work goals activates and aggravates the parasympathetic nervous system that is responsible for the body’s fight or flight response. This stress impacts fertility by reducing blood flow to the fallopian tubes.

women who work stressful jobs like bankers and software engineers that are at a high risk of encountering complications while getting pregnant.

Experts suggest women should either change their lifestyle or their jobs. But Boulton is of the view that intake of organic foods and yoga can help stabilize the stress level in females. This can eventually improve fertility and improve chances of pregnancy.

Boulton is the founder of Awakening Fertility. She is a fertility specialist and a leading fertility yoga teacher and trainer since 2007.

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