Being overworked isn’t a good thing for anybody, mentally or physically. Yet, along with the traditional problems associated with increased workloads, comes a new problem, difficulty in conceiving.

THe link between too much work and chances of pregnancy

A study conducted by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the US demonstrated a link. The study examined 1700 women who were trying to get pregnant over four years, from 2010 and 2014. The women had to report their health status, at regular intervals, and attempts at pregnancy were also relayed, every 6 months.

Working long hours lead to lower chances of conception

The women who were part of the research had an average age of 33. It was found that women who worked for more than 40 hours per week took 20% longer to conceive a child than those women who worked between 21 and 40 hours a week. The logic drawn by experts was really quite simple; women who worked more had less intercourse due to the demanding nature of their jobs. Women who had jobs involving heavy lifting had even lower chances of getting pregnant and their chances of immediate conception were reduced by up to 50%. Of these women, it was ascertained that 16% had still not achieved their goal at the end of one year, and 5% were unsuccessful after two years.

How to increase your chances of pregnancy?

The solution, as advised by experts is to increase the frequency of intercourse to at least twice a week, rather than just on weekends. Women should also maintain a healthy weight, exercise adequately and avoid stress and smoking. It would also be advisable for women who struggle to conceive to track their ovulation cycles by using a fertility monitor that determines when in the month the woman is most fertile.

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