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There is considerable research into how stress affects fertility treatment. Immediately it appears not that stress pays any benefit. This was not expected either. However, it is very difficult to measure people’s stress levels objectively, in order to compare different people’s individual response.

Studies on stress

In a new study couples were interviewed prior to the start of IVF treatment, to assess their stress levels before starting treatment. It turned out that especially impacts which we have no influence on, for example, illness or death in the family and violence, increase stress levels dramatically.

It was found that women who were exposed to these stressors produced 1 oocyte less on average, compared with women who were not particularly affected prior to starting treatment. But there was no difference in the number of pregnant women after treatment.

We recommend

Do not stress yourself unnecessarily during treatment. Think about whether there are things in your everyday life you can change, so the treatment becomes less stressful.

Often, the psychological burden of being in treatment is as huge as the physical stress. Try to focus less on the changes occurring in your body and try to live life as normally as possible. Think about whether there is anything you can do for yourself to feel comfortable and well. Although we attempt to control and manage your medical treatment very accurate, it is, as a matter of fact, a complex biological process. Once the embryos or sperm are transferred into the womb, we cannot do any more.

The rest is pure biology, so try to relax and leave your body to the forces of nature.

Dr. Madhuri Roy

Dr. Madhuri Roy graduated as an MD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2001 and completed her fellowship in Minimal access surgery (FMAS) from World Laproscopy Hospital. She is trained in Reproductive Medicine and endocrinology from prestigious Charles’s University of Czech Republic and is recognized by European society of Human Reproduction and Endocrinology (ESHREE) and European board of College of Obstretrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG).

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