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Stress could be responsible for rising infertility rates


Trying to get pregnant can be a very stressful experience. 

For some people, it happens right away. But for others, it can mean non-stop trips to fertility clinics, incessant blood tests and sex that only happens when it lines up with a menstrual cycle. 

The latter experience, unfortunately, is becoming more common. A study published in the journal Human Reproduction in 2012 found infertility is increasing across Canada. And while researchers blamed the rising age of women who are trying to conceive in that particular paper, other tests have found that stress could be a factor. And Mary Wong, author of Pathways to Pregnancy, agrees. 

Wong's book chronicles the struggle of various couples who are dealing with infertility and follows them as they find solutions to their own, individual issues. Which means she knows a thing or two about what kind of factors can make it more difficult for couples to conceive. 

You can hear what she thinks the biggest factors are in the video above. 

 

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