Research proves that conceiving can be affected by rising stress levels.
It's widely known that high levels of stress can have a negative effect on our health but new research has revealed just what influence it holds for women trying to conceive.
According to a new study, stress can more than double a woman's chance of becoming infertile, which proves it has an even higher influence than experts previously believed.
The news that stress has a negative effect on our bodies is nothing new, but this recent research from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in the US showed that women with high levels of the stress-related hormone alpha-amylase are more than twice as likely to be unable to conceive for more than a year.
Not only could high stress cause problems for women trying to become pregnant for the first time, but it could also be a major reason why mums struggle with secondary infertility. For women juggling motherhood with work, domestic issues and maintaining a good relationship with their partner, it isn't uncommon to suffer from stress or anxiety when it feels as if it's all too much to handle.
Women with high levels of a particular stress-related hormone are more than twice as likely to be unable to conceive for more than a year
Jane Blower from the Association of Clinical Embryologists welcomes the new research: 'We have always advised that people need to bear in mind having a healthy lifestyle when trying to conceive, but this is the first time there has been an evidence-based study into the link.'
Fertility experts are keen that couples trying to conceive don't see this research as another worry to add to their list, and instead work to lower their anxiety levels naturally. If you feel like you're suffering from stress, check out our articles on how to beat TTC worry and learn more about managing family stress.
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