Hong Kong – The stress individuals face on a daily basis does not hinder a couple’s plans to have babies, an Australian study that looked at common stress factors showed. Professor William Ledger, an Australian fertility specialist, pointed out that everyday stress such as work pressure, relationship issues, family or financial considerations, should not be confused with extreme stress. Extreme stress, he says, can cause erectile dysfunction in men and in women, failure to ovulate. The study analysed data from the United Kingdom where the stress levels of participants were charted through questionnaires and measurement of stress hormones. Of the 210, 77 conceived. “There was no significant difference in the measured stress levels in the women who became pregnant and those who did not,” said Prof Ledger, who is head of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of New South Wales. So radical lifestyle changes or a move to a more relaxed routine may not actually deliver the conception couples so desperately desire, the study said. Prof Ledger urged couples trying to conceive naturally to maintain healthy lifestyles and enjoy sex at the optimal time each month for the best chance. Couples in their 30s and 40s should consider options… Read full this story
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