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    Stress and infertility

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    Stress has been related to low fecundity (reproductive success) in all animal populations. Evolutionarily, the stress pathway that enables prey to escape predators and animals to evade danger can have harmful effects when activated over long periods of time. In populations of animals, limited resources and low nutrition trigger pathways of response to the long-term stressors associated with overcrowding that result in low reproductive success. Do a little research on infertility in the United States. How does the stress response relate to infertility in our modern population?
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    Twenty years ago in the United States, 10% to 20% of infertility cases were unexplained. In this modern day, that rate has increased to 40%. At present, research has not been able to show a direct cause and effect between stress and infertility in the United States; however, most doctors believe that as time progresses, there will be a bigger picture revealed. At present, we know that when women who had difficulty conceiving, start to practice stress-reduction techniques, those women were more easily able to conceive.

    It is thought that a decrease in stress levels may enhance the proteins lining the uterine wall that are used when an embryo is implanted. In addition, as stress is reduced, blood flow ...

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    The solution examines the correlation between stress and infertility.