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Where you live can affect your ability to conceive, study finds

July 29, 2022


People who live in socioeconomically deprived neighborhoods are about 20% less likely to conceive in any given menstrual cycle compared with people living in neighborhoods with more resources, a recent Oregon State University study found.

The study measured “fecundability,” which is the monthly probability of getting pregnant, among couples attempting conception without the use of fertility treatments.

Researchers compared neighborhoods based on their “area deprivation index” score, a measure of the socioeconomic resources in a neighborhood.

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