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How the Stress
Test Works

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Understanding your stress score


This stress test uses the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). Originally created by Cohen et al (1983), it is an internationally recognised clinically validated tool used by psychologists to measure a person's perception of stress.


The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) measures the degree to which situations in your life are perceived as stressful. The series of questions have been designed to assess how unpredictable, uncontrollable, and overloaded you perceive your life to be at present and over the last month.

Psychological stress results from an imbalance between the external environmental demands you face and your perception of meeting them.

​How stressed you are doesn't just have psychological implications - stress level is also associated with physical health outcomes, like impaired immune function, hormone imbalances, risk of addictions, weight and body fat percentage.  ​

Everyone faces challenges at some time or another and we can all benefit from tools that can help us work with them better. Stress and challenges are part of life, but sometimes a frantic schedule, a gnawing worry or a life event can notch the score higher and higher until you start experiencing persistent negative impacts on health and wellbeing.


When you know your stress score that's the first step in discovering how to plan for and manage difficulties more skilfully. 

What Your 
Score Means

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Score 0 - 13

Low stress: you're doing great!

You can protect against future stress by noticing now what habits and experiences help you feel good, physically and mentally.

You can also proactively take care of your fertility and wellbeing by discovering more about the ways stress influences your body.

Score 14 - 26

Moderate stress: there's room for improvement!

Don't worry, we got you. The ELANZA Wellness Fertility Coach not only gives nutritional and other pre-conception tips, but will also text you handy tools and techniques for managing stress.

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Score 27 - 40

High stress: let's get that number moving south!

There are so many ways to adjust your routine, mindset and environment to help set you up for success.

The ELANZA Fertility Coach will help you with daily nudges, tips and inspiration to bring your stress levels down to mangeable and have you feeling calmer and clearer - and you can find more 1:1 support if you find you still need it!

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Gender influences stress!

Women report higher levels of daily stressors - to the tune of 23% more than men.


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