NIH study indicates stress may delay women getting pregnant – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Alpha-amylase is a substance in our saliva that helps digest starch. But in recent years many researchers have used it to measure the body's response to stress. By measuring alpha-amylase levels in women trying to get pregnant, researchers can now support the widespread belief that stress may reduce a woman's chance of becoming pregnant. Dr. Germaine Louis at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development explains, 274 women participated in a study by completing diaries.
Louis: And also on day six of each menstrual cycle, the women provided us a saliva sample.
Narrator: For more about the study, visit www.nichd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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