Do you work alternating shifts?

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Do you work alternating shifts?
Tue, 07-16-2013 - 2:34pm

If so, that could affect your fertilty according to researchers:

Dr. Stocker says they compared the effect of shift working (alternating shifts, evenings and nights) and non-shift working in women, and pulled out results relating to fertility, miscarriage rates and menstrual dysregulation.

The analysis, which covered nearly 120,000 women, found those working shifts had an 80% higher rate of fertility problems, and a 33% higher rate of disrupted menstrual periods compared to women working regular hours.

Women working only nights did not show a statistically significant higher risk of disrupted periods or difficulty in getting pregnant, but they did show a 29% higher rate of miscarriage.

You can read more about the study at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263117.php

They aren't sure why shift work can cause issues, be believe it's related to disruption of normal sleep patterns.  

What do you think about the study?  Have you noticed a change in yoru cycles since starting shift work?