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The Independent reports: Women under stress find it harder to become pregnant compared with women who are more relaxed, and have higher chances of becoming infertile, according to scientists who suggest that yoga or meditation could help would-be mothers.

Scientists found that women with the highest levels of a recognised biomarker for stress in their bodies were almost 30 per cent less likely to become pregnant each month compared to those with the lowest levels of the same stress biomarker.

The researchers also discovered women in the highest stress category were more than twice as likely to meet the clinical definition of infertility compared to others in the lowest stress group – the first time that stress has been linked with infertility in this way.

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