Be it a man or a woman, inherent factors that contribute towards fertility issues are often overseen - and one of these evils is the workplace. The physical, psychological and financial contribution of the workplace towards infertility is something that has been often overlooked. You can blame it all on other things like genetics, medication, pollution, etc. but this hidden impediment is rarely discussed.
There are tons of ways that you may be getting emotionally and psychologically affected at the workplace, which is leading to infertility issues. Here are some factors that contribute significantly-
Stress and anxiety
You are worried about that Friday deadline and panicky about working the weekend to finish it. Stress and anxiety is the disastrous combination that workplace can cause. It attributes to several factors like rude boss, threat of losing job etc. And if it seems that everyone from your boss to colleagues hate you -then going to work everyday becomes a trauma.
You didn't get that big bonus or much awaited hike - But your friend cum colleague did. And this leads to lack of confidence, feeling of dismay and eventually leads to depression. For both men and women, depression means emotional havoc. Women suffer from issues like irregular menstrual cycle while sperm quality and quantity is highly effected in men due to the same.
Your colleague not only bagged that promotion but now they are expecting too. So there is a news of a baby shower and this simply takes a toll on you. The pressure to perform better wasn’t enough on the career front and now you are competing on the family front too. For men, it is no easier to see other colleagues become parents and constantly complaining about lack of sleep with their newborn, even as you are struggling for sleep because of fertility issues.
This includes the absolute work environment and conditions. Some workplaces are more hazardous than the others, especially if you are working in places where poisonous emissions, exposure to chemicals in labs, etc. exist. Other workplaces that are rather shoddy, ill-maintained and filled with unhygienic conditions are no better. But on the whole since you are here for around 8-10 hours a day, a healthy work environment, which is pleasant and visually appealing works as a mood enhancer.
Then there are always additional incentives like those dream workplaces with a moms room or nursery/ day care facilities. Recreational facilities, a cheerful coffee place, etc. sure cheer you up.
Let’s face it, not everyone goes to work with a happy face each day. Some people are compelled to work at a particular place just because the pay is better. Even though the nature of the job may be hazardous or you hate what you do. And in the totality of things, you are always in a daze whether to quit or not. If you quit you lose on savings for the baby. But what you don’t realise is that you are actually increasing the number of hindrances to fertility with these problems.
What can be done?
You need to devise an action plan here to ensure that you enjoy what you do. So if the workplace makes you unhappy because of any of the above factors, consider making a switch. Yes it won’t be easy, but you will probably be appreciated somewhere and make a comfortable living.
- If it is the boss or colleagues then you can consider talking to them about it. Sometimes, misunderstandings are cleared this way. Alternatives like changing jobs, taking a transfer or even quitting if things take turn for a worse.
- Don’t suppress your feelings of not being able to conceive or hide these facts. Share it with your spouse or a friend.
- In case of hazardous work environments, you should really try to make a switch because in the long run, your fertility rate could be affected.
Fertility is not something that is attributed to physical factors alone, your workplace like other things around you makes a significant contribution. So try being happier there, consider therapy if needed and take a break when you are over-tired.