Becoming pregnant has a scientific connection between stress and difficulties

Becoming pregnant has a scientific connection between stress and difficulties ...

Stress may affect a woman's likelihood of obtaining a pregnancy during a menstrual cycle, according to new research.

New research suggests that stress may impair a woman's fecundability, or her likelihood of having a pregnancy within a menstrual cycle. The article will be published today, September 21, in the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

The number of women who completed the study, which evaluated the allostatic load of the participants, was 444. Allostatic load refers to the cumulative "wear and tear" of chronic stress and life events. Women with higher allostatic load scores, based on nine indicators such as blood pressure, cortisol, blood sugar, noradrenaline, and cholesterol, were more likely to become pregnant within a year, whereas those with zero scores.

"What we learned provides a fresh approach to preconception counseling. However, how to objectively assess the stress is a tricky scientific problem, and how to intervene and reduce the impact of chronic stress is a burning issue," said senior author Bei Wang of Southeast University in Jiangsu, China.

Xiang Hong, Jiechen Yin, Fanqi Zhao, Xiaoling Ding, Hong Yu, and Bei Wang, 21 September 2022, Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. DOI: 10.1111/aogs.14443.

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