Does your job make a difference to treatment outcomes?

120px-Classe-merikanjakaThere’s a rather intriguing survey carried out in the US for their National Infertility Awareness Week by a fertility website which suggests that teachers are six times more likely to have a successful outcome from IVF treatment than those working in other areas. If you work in sales, marketing or public relations, you’ll also be pleased with the outcome which claims you are twice as likely to be successful as some others. Apparently the bad news is for those in investment banking and engineering who are less likely to have a baby after IVF.

It all sounds rather odd to me but the results were apparently collected from more than a thousand fertility patients. What wasn’t entirely surprising was that wealthier women were more likely to be successful as they can afford to pay for more treatment – but then teachers earn considerably less than investment bankers… The study’s authors suggest that the results may have something to do with the fact that teachers said they were more open about their fertility problems and that they used their school summer holidays to have treatment – and that engineering and investment banking are traditionally male-dominated and more stressful and demanding with longer hours.

I’m not convinced that many teachers here in the UK would claim that their jobs are less stressful – or that they don’t work long hours – and it would be interesting to find if the results were similar elsewhere in the world. Purely coincidental or something more? What do you think? You can find more about the research here 



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