It is a known fact that women who spend long hours working are less likely to procreate easily. Now it seems that getting pregnant also depends on the type of work you do.
A new study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Brigham and Women’s Health Hospital, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School reveals that women whose jobs involve a lot of lifting, lower their chances of getting pregnant very easily.
Women who work more than the average time of 40 hours a week are also less inclined to procreate
The team of researchers looked at the data of 1,739 women who had made efforts to get pregnant between 2010 and 2014. The women were surveyed every six months regarding their attempts to become pregnant. More than 90 percent of them were Caucasian white and their average age was 33.
The study, called “Work schedule and physical factors in relation to fecundity in nurses,” showed that those who worked more than 40 hours needed 20 percent more time to get pregnant than other women who worked between 20 to 40 hours. Those whose jobs involved a lot of heavy items lifting and moving around at least 15 times daily also found it more difficult to get pregnant than the ones who almost never did it.
“Our results show that heavy work, both in terms of physical strain and long hours, appears to have a detrimental impact on female nurses’ ability to get pregnant,” said the lead author of the study, Audrey Gaskins, who is a researcher at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.
Other health experts, such as Courtney Lynch, who is a reproductive health expert at the Ohio State University did not necessarily agree with the conclusions of the study. She said that the effects are the direct result of the fact that working women do not have much time to make efforts to get pregnant and have regular intercourse with their partners.
Women who lift heavy items at work are also more exhausted in general and this can have a negative impact on their ability to procreate, also due to the fact that they are too tired to have sexual relationships. Lynch also added that it is important for the couple to have intercourse regularly, at least twice a week.
The results of the study were published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal.
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