A recent study has shown that women who are the most stressed have the least likely chance to conceive. Basically stress plays a huge role in conception which is why so many people that try and try to conceive cannot. Then they go away on vacation and get pregnant. We’ve heard these stories many times and I and others believe this is true, but the recent study has now given it more credence.
In this study they checked a marker of stress called alpha-amylase. It is an enzyme made in the mouth that helps us digest carbohydrates. But it has also been shown to increase during times of Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) dominance – meaning the flight or fight stage we’ve heard about. Researchers use this marker for determining the stress response in the body because it is easy to measure and it is quick to respond. Women who had the most trouble getting pregnant had higher levels of alpha-amylase than women who conceived.
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