What If Depression Was A KEY Factor With Struggling To Conceive

Jul 03, 2023

What If Depression Was A KEY Factor With Struggling To Conceive

We’re digging into depression and the link to a fertility diagnosis.

Many people have dealt with depression for years before they were even trying to conceive.

Conventional medicine will give you a diagnosis and perhaps even medication, which many people take for years without digging deeper to figure out why it happened in the first place.

The conversation around mental health is changing.

But what if it’s not depression?

The gut-brain connection is well-studied and documented.

This is a red flag and a missed healing opportunity if you have low AMH/high FSH, DOR/POI or are on the fertility journey.

If you are dealing with depression and/or anxiety, let’s get to the root cause to improve pregnancy success.

Today I'm welcoming Dr. Achina Stein. Dr. Stein is an Amazon international bestselling author of "What If It's NOT Depression? Your Guide to Finding Answers and Solutions", a certified practitioner of the Institute for Functional Medicine and a board-certified psychiatrist.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  1. The difference between situation and clinical depression
  2. Antidepressants and if and why it is appropriate to taper off medication
  3. The mind-gut connection. Which testing can help identify healing opportunities







  • How her son’s mental health crisis led to Dr. Achina’s discovery of functional medicine
  • Dr. Achina’s crisis of faith in the conventional medical system
  • The dramatic difference that diet and lifestyle made for Dr. Achina’s son
  • Dr. Achina’s functional medicine practice
  • When it comes to chronic disease, you need the functional medicine approach.


  • Many people on the fertility journey have situational depression connected to their diagnosis
  • Anyone with a chronic disease will have some form of depression or anxiety.
  • Symptoms of true depression
  • Depression is more than the psychological and the social aspects. There are biological, physiological and functional factors.
  • Depression exists on a spectrum.



  • Important considerations around being on medication while pregnant
  • What you need to know about coming off of SSRIs
  • How restoring the gut can improve mood and help with tapering off medications


  • Hormonal birth control can cause severe mood changes.
  • Where possible, Dr. Achina recommends exploring other options
  • Supplements that can support your mood and sleep while on medications
  • DIYing this is just going to lead to confusion.


  • How your diet impacts your mood
  • Addressing gut issues will ultimately improve your mood
  • We often don’t recognize how much internal stress our body is under
  • Stress is often the hardest thing for people to manage.
  • Bessel van der Kolk’s Book | The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • Recognizing that your body is not working against you
  • When was the last time you felt safe?
  • Part therapy and how it can help address feelings of safety and break the cycle of trauma
  • How therapy can play a major role in your fertility journey
  • You have to surrender to the process.



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