Relax and you will get pregnant?

You have probably heard this before. If you stress yourself out while trying to conceive it can keep you from getting pregnant. But, is there any truth to this? New research suggests that stress can have a negative impact on fertility.

There has been some debate about how much of a factor stress plays in infertility. New research discussed at a meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine suggests that while stress may not be the cause of infertility, stress reduction may play a role in improving fertility.

According to research presented by Alice Domar, who runs The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF, women who participated in a stress management program while having a second round of IVF had a 160 percent higher chance of getting pregnant than women who did not participate in the program.

However, the results seem unclear since the stress management program did not have the same effect on the number of women who conceived on their first round of IVF. Likewise, a second study reported on Reuters found that complementary and alternative medicine did not increase the chances of conceiving.

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