The Impact of Distress on the IVF Outcome

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Boston IVF Identifier:
First received: April 13, 2010
Last updated: April 14, 2010
Last verified: April 2010

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 Intervention
Behavioral: Mind/Body Program
Behavioral: Control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Impact of Distress on the IVF Outcome

Further study details as provided by Boston IVF:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical Pregnancy Rates [ Time Frame: 2 IVF Cycles ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Psychological Status [ Time Frame: 1 Year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Psychological status is assessed by the following scales: Derogatis Affect Balance Scale (DABS), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Fertility Problem Inventory (FPI), Infertility Self Efficacy Scale (ISES), Social Readjustment Scale (SRS), Short Form Health Survey (SF-36), Daily Monitoring Form (DMF). Other than the DMF, these are all published validated scales.

Enrollment: 143
Study Start Date: March 2007
Study Completion Date: November 2009
Primary Completion Date: September 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 40 Years
Genders 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: NCT01103973

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

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Alice D. Domar, PhD, Boston IVF Identifier: NCT01103973     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20070076 
Study First Received: April 13, 2010
Last Updated: April 14, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

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