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10 May 2011

Mind/body therapy increases success in IVF

Women who participate in a mind/body program for stress reduction while undergoing infertiity treatment known as IVF have a higher pregnancy rate than those who do not.

There is no doubt that undergoing infertility treatment is stressful, with high rates of anxiety and depression reported by many patients. Mind/body therapies designed to help women reduce stress earlier in the treatment process result in higher pregnancy rates, but little is known specifically about the impact of these therapies on women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

"The intersection of stress and fertility is a controversial one, but we do know that stress can reduce the probability of conception," said principal investigator Alice Domar, Ph.D, OB/GYN, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre and Executive Director of the Domar Centre for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF.

 
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