Stress Trims Conception Odds

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Stress Trims Conception Odds in Prospective, Biomarker Study

Diedtra Henderson
March 24, 2014

Women with the highest levels of alpha-amylase, a biomarker of stress, when they were trying to conceive were nearly one-third less likely to conceive than their less-stressed peers, and twice as likely to meet the clinical definition of infertility, according to a prospective cohort study.

The authors argue that it “seems prudent” to consider the effect of stress for couples who fail to conceive despite 6 months of trying and suggest they consider yoga, meditation, and mindfulness as potential stress-busting activities.

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