The Hart group studied 3,416 women in Western Australia. Most of them were of Asian heritage and young in age.
The study found that, on average, women with gum disease took over 7 months to get pregnant, whereas women with healthy gums took only 5 months.
The results of the study were announced at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), held in Stockholm, Sweden on July 3-6, 2011.
Dr. Hart and his colleagues think that the reason for the difference in pregnancy times is inflammation caused by bacteria in the mouth. Somehow the bacteria have an adverse effect on tissues involved in the reproductive system.
According to the AFP article 'Gum disease delays pregnancy, fertility conference hears', Dr. Hart stated that a healthy lifestyle is conducive to getting pregnant.
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