NIH study indicates stress may delay women getting pregnant – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A recent study of 274 women shows that those with higher levels of a substance called alpha-amylase are less likely to get pregnant. Alpha-amylase is often used as a measure of stress. Dr. Germaine Louis is with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Louis: So I think our message is however you best relax, as long as it’s healthy and won’t have further implications for trying to get pregnant, is something you might want to consider.
Narrator: Dr. Louis adds that she and her colleagues are currently conducting a study with a larger group of women to confirm the findings. For details 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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