Decrease in cell free DNA levels following participation in stress reduction techniques among women undergoing infertility treatment

Johanna Czamanski-Cohen, Orly Sarid, Julie Cwikel, Eliahu Levitas, Eitan Lunenfeld, Amos Douvdevani, Iris Har-Vardi

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Abstract

This pilot study examined differences in plasma cell free DNA (CFD) levels based on practice of stress reduction techniques among 14 women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer (ET) treatment who had higher than normal levels of plasma CFD before beginning IVF treatment. Wilcoxon nonparametric tests were used to examine the significance of the rate of decline in CFD levels between the time points in each of the groups. A paired sample t-test examined the changes in CFD levels among each participant in each of the groups separately. We found that women who engaged in these techniques had reduced plasma CFD, below what is considered elevated in comparison to those who did not practice. High plasma CFD levels have been associated with IVF failure. Stress reduction techniques may facilitate physiological changes that lead to the reduction of plasma CFD levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-253
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Stress reduction techniques
  • cell free DNA
  • in vitro fertilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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