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It’s widely known that high stress and anxiety can negatively impact a woman’s ability to conceive, but it is also possible that the intense pressures and demands of your working life – or even the nature of your job – could actually be the main reason stopping you from falling pregnant.

It is more important than ever to assess your work/life balance when going through infertility treatment. While employers (and hopefully pregnant women themselves) are aware of the need for a risk assessment for expectant mums, the same potential areas for concern are rarely considered earlier, in terms of the effect they could have on a couple’s attempts to conceive.

A typical risk assessment for a mum-to-be would examine her working conditions and exposure to certain chemical, physical or biological agents, which are the very same things that could be impeding conception.

So what exactly are the workplace risks you should be looking out for? Surprisingly, it’s not just the obvious toxic chemicals or the effects of hard or physical labour. There are increasing numbers of scientific studies indicating that job stress, particularly when caused by shift work, has huge implications for fertility.

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It’s usual for optimism to dominate your thoughts at the start of a new year – there’s a sense that anything is possible, and this wave of positivity provides the perfect conditions for starting or extending a family.