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The myth that stress and anxiety reduce a woman's chances of getting pregnant is just that, a study says: a myth.
British researchers reviewed 14 studies in which a total of 3,583 women who underwent fertility treatment had recorded their anxiety and stress levels before they began therapy.
And in comparing women who became pregnant and those who did not, the researchers found no association between emotional distress and the likelihood of becoming pregnant.
"Many women believe that emotional distress can reduce their chances of becoming pregnant- naturally or having success with fertility treatments, but the researchers say that's a mistaken idea based on anecdotal evidence and myths," Yahoo Health reports.