Living in a high traffic area may hurt your chances for success with IVF
Research from Harvard presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine suggests that women with a higher exposure to automotive traffic have lower IVF success rates than other women.
The researchers looked at 660 IVF cycles done over a 14 year period and compared their success rates to how far they lived from a class A roadway. A class A roadway means an interstate, state or US highway.
Women who lived more than a kilometer (0.6 miles) from a major roadway were 70% more likely to have a baby than those who lived within 200 meters (about 2 football fields) of a major roadway.
Interestingly, both groups of patients had similar pregnancy rates, but the those who live closed to the highway were more likely to miscarry.
Does this mean moving to a low traffic area will improve your chances of having a baby?
Not necessarily. It does show what we already know, that the environment we live in and the air we breathe plays a role in reproduction, as it does in other aspects of health.