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How Stress Affects Women's Health?

Ladies, you may want to take a deep breath before reading this -

“You enjoy working, love to handle a situation, act funny and arrive at a solution. But at times you feel guilty not being able to spend time with family. You can think about an on-site issue, son’s school admission and wonder what’s for dinner, all at the same time. Hence, you have all the reasons to be stressed.”

Isn’t it true? Don’t you agree that women have so much more to do than just the job? They have to look at so many things at home – caring for children or aging parents, household stuff and other responsibilities. This ‘work- life balance’ is what makes them feel more stressed, or, in many cases, even depressed.

Let us find out what are those different ways in which stress affects a woman so that we can help them cope up with it -

Stress and Hair Loss

Significant emotional or psychological stress can cause a physiological imbalance which contributes to hair loss. Stress can disrupt the life cycle of your hair, causing them to go into their falling-out stage. While you may not notice hair loss during or immediately following a period of stress, the changes can occur three to six months later.

Read more to know: Stress and Hair Loss

 

Reduced Sex Drive

According to recent study results, it has been observed that major life events that cause stress, like starting a new job or moving to a new city, may lower libido. This can occur when elevated levels of cortisol suppress the body’s natural sex hormones.

 

Acne Breakouts

Raised levels of cortisol – ‘the stress hormone’ in the body can cause excess oil production that contributes to the development of acne breakouts. A 2003 study observed that female college students experienced more breakouts during exam periods due to increased stress.

Read more to know: How Does Homeopathy Alleviates Acne?

 

Irregular Menstrual Cycle

Acute and chronic stress can fundamentally alter the body's hormonal balance, which can lead to missed, late or irregular periods. Researchers have also found that women in stressful jobs are at a 50 percent higher risk for short cycle length (less than 24 days) than women who do not work in high-stress positions.

 

Depression

Women are twice as likely to experience depression as men, and recent research has looked at differing stress responses and stress reactivity between the sexes to explain this discrepancy. Elevated levels of cortisol resulting from the chronic stress of a long-term, low-grade job stress or the acute stress of a difficult life event like death or divorce can act as a trigger for depression.

 

Sleep Disorders

Most of us know the feeling of tossing and turning at night, thinking over the events of the day or problems at work. Unsurprisingly, stress is a common cause of insomnia, which can, in turn, lead to difficulty concentrating, irritability and a lack of motivation.

 

Poor Digestive Health

Prolonged stress can greatly impact the digestive system by increasing stomach acid, causing indigestion and discomfort, and in some cases contributing to the development of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and ulcers. Hence, reducing stress is a key to maintaining healthy digestive system.

 

Weight Gain

Research has linked higher levels of cortisol to a lower waist-to-hip ratio in women (i.e. more weight around the belly area), as well as decreased metabolism. High-stress levels are also correlated with increased appetite and sugar cravings, which can lead to weight gain.

 

Low Fertility

Recent studies have found that women with high levels of alpha-amylase, an enzyme linked to stress, results in giving more difficult time to a woman in getting pregnant. Women with the highest concentration of the enzyme during their menstrual cycle were 12 percent less likely to conceive than women with the lowest concentration of alpha-amylase.

 

Also Read: Homeopathy to relieve stress

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