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Green spaces and fertility rates

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Can access to residential green space affect fertility rates? A fascinating new study out of Boston University asked this question through their web-based research survey (PRESTO, or Pregnancy Study Online), which followed over 8,000 women for up to twelve months with online questionnaires every eight weeks.

The study measured residential green space via satellite and compared that to per-cycle probability of conception. Interestingly, the study found that residential greenness is positively associated with likelihood of conception!

Future study is needed, of course, but the study adds to what we know already about the health benefits of exposure to green space – notably reduced exposure to traffic-related air pollution, reduced depressive symptoms or stress levels, and increased physical activity.

Here in the Yukon, where I live, access to green space is not a challenge at all (we only have 0.1 people per square kilometre!). But even if you live in a higher density area, it’s clearly worth the effort to get out into greenbelts, parks, or out of town into forests and natural reserves, and let nature take its course!

I hope you have found this helpful, and do let me know if you have any questions!

If you are hungry for more evidence-based information for your fertility or pregnancy journey, visit www.myhealthypregnancyplan.com for free webinars and complete programs.

And if you are a care-provider looking for evidence-based resources for your fertility or pregnancy patients, please get in touch with us at support@myhealthypregnancyplan.com.

In health,

Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy, ND

Terra Life

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References:

Willis, M. et al. (2021).Associations between Residential Green Space and Fertility in a North American Preconception Cohort Study. Environmental Health Perspectives.

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