Guess again. There are still couples here in the Philippines who are having a difficult time having children. Life is often ironic. Those who have little or no financial means of sustaining a big family have no problems bearing children, while those who can support a bigger family are slapped with the sad fate of infertility. The latter couples have gone to doctors here and abroad to seek solutions; some are impatient enough to try alternative methods and herbal medicines; some have given up and decided to adopt instead; some have given up after years and years of trying; some were successful enough to bear children.
The good news is that there might be a simple way of having kids....
Researchers in the US found that rising levels of stress can lower a woman's fertility by disrupting her menstrual cycle, and in some cases prevent ovulation completely. But a pilot study of women who had not had a period for at least six months found that psychotherapy had a dramatic effect, lowering stress levels and restoring fertility in 80 percent of cases.
Tests on the women revealed that they had high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Professor Berga split the women into two groups of nine. Half received 20 weeks of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), a form of psychotherapy that was designed to adjust their way of thinking and reduce their stress levels. The other half did not receive any therapy.
Prof Berga said: "A staggering 80 percent of the women who received CBT started to ovulate again, as opposed to only 25 percent of those randomised to observation."
[Guardian, 21 June 2006]
As this study had a small sample size, the lead author plans to do another study involving some 2,000 to 4,000 women to further investigate the link between stress and fertility.
If you want to have kids, learn to be happy. The solution might be easier than we suspect.