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The impact of stress on fertility treatment

Rooney, Kristin L.; Domar, Alice D.

Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2016 - Volume 28 - Issue 3 - p 198–201
doi: 10.1097/GCO.0000000000000261
FERTILITY, IVF AND REPRODUCTIVE GENETICS: Edited by Emre Seli and Juan Antonio García Velasco

Purpose of review The goal of this review was to summarize the recent research on the relationship between stress and assisted reproductive technology treatment.

Recent findings Women and men with infertility report high levels of distress that can impact their quality of life. There are numerous psychosocial interventions, including cognitive behavior therapy and/or self-help ones, which may decrease distress, increase patient retention and improve pregnancy rates.

Summary Patient distress is an important factor to consider. Decreasing burden of care may lead to significant improvements in assisted reproductive technology outcome.

aDomar Center for Mind/Body Health, Boston IVF

bBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Correspondence to Dr Alice D. Domar, 130 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451, USA. Tel: +1 781 434 6515; fax: +1 781 370 2330; e-mail:

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