A lot of women who are finding it difficult to conceive could have their jobs to be blame, according to a fertility expert.
Fiona Kacz-Boulton, a natural fertility specialist speaking at the Fertility Show in London recently, said that pursuing a career could be harmful to a woman’s biological ability to have children, Daily Mail reports.
Accordimg to Daily Mail, Kacz-Boulton, who advises doctors, lawyers and clients, added that the reason is because it’s difficult for women’s bodies to behave in feminine ways if they are acting masculine.
Kacz-Boulton cited the example of a client who was a teacher and head of her department, with a self-employed husband and significant financial pressure.
“She was the one that had the steady income and she was the one actually wearing the pants in their relationship – and that affects female fertility,” Kacz-Boulton said.
“It is because you are acting masculine and expecting your body to perform in a feminine way.”
She also added that by trying to achieve and work as much as men that women are putting their bodies in a ‘masculine’ or ‘yang’ state, but to be able to conceive a woman’s body should be in a ‘feminine’ state which is about “opening and surrendering.”
As a result, the founder of firm Awakening Fertility says she tells women to either change their jobs or try and manage their stress more effectively.
This is because she believes the stress of ‘masculine’ work goals activates the parasympathetic nervous system – which is responsible for the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response.
Some other experts however disagreed with Kacz-Boulton’s views.
“It is possible that women in a high-pressure environment may be more stressed, which can adversely affect their chances of conceiving,” said Professor Geeta Nargund, medical director of Create Fertility.
“But the main thing is for women to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Categorising ambition and drive as masculine is a gender stereotype.