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Fertil Steril. 2011 Jun;95(7):2269-73. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.03.046. Epub 2011 Apr 15.

Impact of a group mind/body intervention on pregnancy rates in IVF patients.

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Boston IVF, Waltham, Massachusetts 02451, USA. alice.domar@bostonivf.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine if women who were randomized to a mind/body program before starting their first IVF cycle would have higher pregnancy rates than control subjects.

DESIGN:

Randomized, controlled, prospective study.

SETTING:

Private academically affiliated infertility center.

PATIENT(S):

A total of 143 women aged≤40 years who were about to begin their first IVF cycle.

INTERVENTION(S):

Subjects were randomized to a ten-session mind/body program (MB) or a control group and followed for two IVF cycles.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

Clinical pregnancy rate.

RESULT(S):

Only 9% of the MB participants had attended at least one-half of their sessions at cycle 1 start. Pregnancy rates for cycle 1 were 43% for all subjects; 76% of the MB subjects had attended at least one-half of their sessions at cycle 2 start. Pregnancy rates for cycle 2 were 52% for MB and 20% for control.

CONCLUSION(S):

MB participation was associated with increased pregnancy rates for cycle 2, prior to which most subjects had attended at least half of their sessions.

TRIAL REGISTRATION:

ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01103973.

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