Women undergoing IVF or other assisted reproduction therapy can be reassured that emotional distress caused by their infertility or other life events will not prevent the treatment from working, according to Cardiff researchers.
They reviewed 14 studies with 3,583 infertile women undergoing a cycle of fertility treatment.
All were assessed before treatment for anxiety and stress. The authors found emotional distress was not linked with whether or not a woman became pregnant, and said it disputed “myths” that stress and tension were factors in fertility.
- Boivin J, et al. Emotional distress in infertile women and failure of assisted reproductive technologies: meta-analysis of prospective psychosocial studies. British Medical Journal 2011: Advance online publication
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