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Study Finds High Stress May Lead to Infertility

The New York Times’ Well  blog reports on a study in Human Reproduction that focused on the link between maternal stress and fertility. Researchers analyzed saliva samples of 401 women who were trying to get pregnant to determine the presence of the enzyme alpha-amylase and the hormone cortisol. Researchers found that “those whose alpha-amylase levels were in the highest third, a sign of longstanding stress, had more than double the risk of infertility.” Experts say, “if a woman was having difficulty becoming pregnant, it would be harmless, and might be helpful, to consider stress-reduction techniques.”

Read the article published by The New York Times’ Well blog.