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

Shevach Friedler, Saralee Glasser, Liat Azani, Laurence S. Freedman, Arie Raziel, Dvora Strassburger, Raphael Ron-El, Liat Lerner-Geva

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2127-2130
Number of pages4
JournalFertility and Sterility
Volume95
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • In vitro fertilization
  • medical clowning
  • pregnancy rate

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