Women on night shift ‘run higher miscarriage risk’

Women who work night shifts are at greater risk of suffering miscarriages than those who work regular office hours, according to new research.

The study, led by Dr Linden Stocker and Dr Ying Cheong, also found those who work alternate and changing shifts – not just nights – are more likely to take longer to conceive a child and suffer from menstrual disruption.

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The team, based at Southampton’s Princess Anne Hospital, found that 29 per cent of women who worked only night shifts had an increased rate of miscarriage, while 22 per cent who worked alternate or changing shifts suffered menstrual disruption, which can cause fertility problems.