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Chris Smyth, Health Editor

Living near a noisy road could make it harder to get pregnant, a study suggests.

Scientists found that every extra ten decibels on a couples street increased their risk of taking longer than six months to conceive. However, road noise did not seem to affect the chances of taking longer than a year to conceive, often used as a marker for infertility. Previous studies have suggested that 20 per cent of couples trying to get pregnant fail to do so within six months. Analysis of 65,000 women found that every ten-decibel increase in road noise raised this risk by 8 per cent.

Road traffic noise was associated with an increased risk of 612 month time to pregnancy, but not with risk of longer time to

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