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The Impact of Distress on the IVF Outcome

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Boston IVF Identifier:
First received: April 13, 2010
Last updated: March 7, 2017
Last verified: March 2017

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
Infertility Behavioral: Mind/Body Program Behavioral: Control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Impact of Distress on the IVF Outcome

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Boston IVF:

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

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   (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: 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: Boston IVF Identifier: NCT01103973     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20070076
Study First Received: April 13, 2010
Results First Received: September 1, 2016
Last Updated: March 7, 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 processed this record on September 21, 2017