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

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Friedler S et al, Fertility and Sterility 2011, Vol 95, Issue 6 , Pg 2127
Fertility and Sterility  

In this partly randomised prospective trial, Dr. Friedler and colleagues tracked 219 women undergoing IVF treatment and 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 who had a good laugh after their transfer fell pregnant more often than did the control group. The authors note that ways to relieve stress at ET may be useful.  

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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CLowning at ET