The Impact of Distress on the IVF Outcome

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 15, 2010
Results First Posted : October 24, 2016
Last Update Posted : January 18, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Boston IVF

Brief Summary:

Stress is a primary reason why in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients drop out of treatment, and it may have a detrimental impact on pregnancy rates, yet there is minimal published research on the efficacy of structured skills-based psychological interventions with assisted reproductive technology (ART) patients. The objective of this study is to determine if women who are randomized to a mind/body (MB) program prior to starting their first IVF cycle will have higher pregnancy rates than controls (C).

This is a randomized, controlled prospective study conducted at a private academically-affiliated infertility clinic and includes 143 women ages 40 and below scheduled to undergo their first IVF cycle. Subjects are randomized via computer generated random numbers table to a 10 session mind/body program or a control group and followed for two IVF cycles. The primary outcome measure is clinical pregnancy rate.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Infertility Behavioral: Mind/Body Program Behavioral: Control Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 143 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Impact of Distress on the IVF Outcome
Study Start Date : March 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2009

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MedlinePlus related topics: Infertility
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Arm Intervention/treatment
Placebo Comparator: Control (Spa Certificate)
For every three months in the study control subjects received $50 spa gift certificates.
Behavioral: Control
Spa gift certificates
Experimental: Mind/Body Program
Ten week group mind/body program. Skills include relaxation training, cognitive strategies, and lifestyle modifications.
Behavioral: Mind/Body Program
Ten week group mind/body program

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinical Pregnancy Rates [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Presence of normal fetal heart rate and fetal size at 7 weeks gestation.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pregnancy Rate Based on Psychological Status Assessed by the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Psychological status is assessed by the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). The scores range from 0 to 63; a score of 0 being no depression and 63 being severely depressed. Our cut-off for normal was a score of 12 or less, and those with a score of 13 or greater were considered to have symptoms of depression.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 40 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Female Boston IVF infertility patient
  • Age 21-40 years
  • Day 3 FSH level 12 mIU/ml or below
  • Day 3 E2 level 80 pg/ml or below
  • Using own eggs (not an egg donor)
  • Daily access to the internet
  • Able to read, understand, and sign the informed consent in English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prescription antipsychotic medication
  • Diagnosis of borderline or narcissistic personality disorder
  • Previous participation in a MB group

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01103973

United States, Massachusetts
Boston IVF
Waltham, Massachusetts, United States, 02451
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston IVF
Principal Investigator: Alice D Domar, PhD Boston IVF

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Boston IVF Identifier: NCT01103973     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20070076
First Posted: April 15, 2010    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: October 24, 2016
Last Update Posted: January 18, 2018
Last Verified: December 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Boston IVF:
IVF, Mind/Body

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Diseases, Female