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Women who work night shifts are more likely to miscarry

WOMEN who work night shifts are at greater risk of a miscarriage than those who work regular office hours.

According to a new study, those who work alternate and changing shifts – not just nights – are more likely to take longer to conceive a child and suffer from menstrual disruption.

A research team based at Southampton's Princess Anne Hospital, in Hampshire, England, assessed the impact of non-standard working schedules, which included night and mixed shifts, on the reproductive outcomes of 119,345 women.

 

Problems

They found almost 29pc of women who worked night shifts had an increased rate of miscarriage, while 22pc, who worked alternate or changing shifts, suffered menstrual disruption, which can cause fertility problems.

Additionally, shift workers had an 80pc increased rate of being unable to conceive.

Clinical research fellow Dr Linden Stocker said: "We already know that working shifts is a risk factor for health and social wellbeing as shift workers suffer sleep deprivation.

"But the adverse health impacts of shift work in early reproductive function is a new, additional finding and it provides strong initial evidence that women who are trying to conceive would benefit from assessing their work patterns."

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