Can't get pregnant? Don't stress out!If you want to have a baby but are having a hard time conceiving, don't stress out-doing so may only make it even harder to grow a bun in the oven, new research says. According to a study published today in the journal Human Reproduction, the higher a woman's levels of alpha-amylase-an enzyme in saliva that indicates stress-the lower her chances of conceiving. In fact, the most stressed-out ladies had double the risk of having unexplained infertility, defined as having unprotected sex for 12 months and still not becoming pregnant.
Stay calm, though: The scientists emphasize that this study is about giving infertile couples more information and more options to try. "Eliminating stressors before trying to become pregnant might shorten the time couples need to become pregnant in comparison to ignoring stress," says Germaine Buck Louis, the study's principal researcher.
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