An analysis of 65,000 women in Denmark found that living near noisy roads affects couples wishing to conceive. Noise pollution increases the likelihood that couples will only conceive after six to twelve months of trying.
A team led by Jeppe Schultz Christensen from the Danish Cancer Society Research Center has found that for every 10 decibels of added traffic noise in a woman’s home, there was a 5 to 8% chance that trying for baby took six months or longer.
Whilst previous research did find a link between sleep disturbance and fertility in both men and women, this study could not determine which gender noisy roads were affecting the most.
As roads get noisier, the results of this study are actually quite worrying. Interested in knowing more? Read about this study in this New Scientist article: