The effect of medical clowning on pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer

Dr. Friedler and colleagues tracked 219 women undergoing IVF treatment and, over a period of a year, treated half of them to a medical clown's 15-minute routine of jokes, magic tricks, and other clowning immediately after their embryos were implanted. Those women whose stress was relieved with a good laugh after their transfer fell pregnant more often than did the control group.


Abstract

This experimental prospective quasi-randomized study examining the impact of a medical clowning encounter after embryo transfer (ET) after in vitro fertilization (IVF) found that the pregnancy rate in the intervention group was 36.4%, compared with 20.2% in the control group (adjusted odds ratio, 2.67; 95% confidence interval, 1.36–5.24). Medical clowning as an adjunct to IVF-ET may have a beneficial effect on pregnancy rates and deserves further investigation.

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 The effect of medical clowning on pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer
Author: 
Friedler S et al
Publication Date: 
2011
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Fertility and Sterility, Vol 95, Issue 6 , Pg 212
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