Neurotransmitter is affecting your fertility

We usually think of progesterone as the hormone related to fertility. But what if I told you there is a neurotransmitter that will affect your fertility?

It's true! Progesterone feeds the serotonin cycle and enhances feelings of calm and happiness. Its main purpose is to help build the lining of the endometrial wall so implantation can occur, but maybe it helps us feel good so that we will want to go out and mate.

Low levels of serotonin can have us feeling depressed and sleeping poorly, not to mention lower progesterone and higher estrogen can lead to feelings of anxiety.

Additionally, studies show that serotonin plays a role in oocyte maturation and embryo development. So, in essence, optimal serotonin levels are essential for fertility.

As various studies continue to suggest, there is a connection between the mind-body, and that connection is felt and experienced via the hormones and neurotransmitters (or communicators in general) and how they all maintain in sync and rhythm with each other!

Here are ways to naturally boost your serotonin levels:

1) Get sunshine (or if you are in a place where there is little daylight, get a full-spectrum light bulb or lamp.

2) Make sure to exercise. This can also help in managing stress thus increasing the level of serotonin.

3) Eat wholesome foods. If it comes in a bag, box, or can, it's probably not great for you.

4) Meditate for stress management and practice gratitude.

5) Get a massage. This will decrease the level of cortisol and increase serotonin, making you calmer and, hence modulating your mood.

6) Supplements. This will also help increase your serotonin but remember not to self-medicate and consult your doctor first to make sure of the accurate dosage to take.

7) Substantiate your gut microbiome. Our GI tract contains most of our body's serotonin. Supporting our gut bacteria will enhance and regulate our serotonin levels. Add fermented foods to your diet. This helps to keep your gut bacteria happy, to make those happy hormones! PMID: 25860609

8) Spend time with loved ones. Because social interactions also play a role in increasing serotonin levels. Being with the people that support you and having a strong support system may help you feel less threatened and alone.