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The Impact of an Online Stress Management Program on In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Outcome

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01156324
Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (Loss of funding.)
First Posted : July 2, 2010
Last Update Posted : February 4, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Alice D. Domar, PhD, Boston IVF

Brief Summary:
The goal of this study is to determine the impact of an online stress management program, which combines stress reduction and prevention strategies with personal care products/rituals which have relaxation properties, on pregnancy rates and psychological distress in women undergoing IVF for the first time.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Infertility Behavioral: Online Stress Management Group (Upliv) Behavioral: Control

Detailed Description:

The relationship between stress and infertility has remained a subject of controversy for many years. Recent research indicates that stress has a strong negative impact on pregnancy rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). In addition, stress is the most common reason given by women who voluntarily terminate treatment.

In a recent study, women who participated in a group mind/body treatment program had higher pregnancy rates than control subjects. The impact of an online stress management program has never been studied in the infertile population. An online intervention would be far more accessible for many infertility patients.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Impact of an Online Stress Management Program on IVF Outcome
Study Start Date : July 2010
Primary Completion Date : August 2010
Study Completion Date : August 2010

Arm Intervention/treatment
Placebo Comparator: Control
Participants of the routine care control group will each receive a $50 gift certificate at the end of each IVF cycle for which they completed the questionnaires.
Behavioral: Online Stress Management Group (Upliv)
Personalized online stress management program
Experimental: Online Stress Management Group (Upliv)
Personalized online stress management program consisting of weekly sessions which each include relaxation exercises, stress management strategies, and lifestyle modification advice. Participants in Upliv will also be given a set of personal care products as part of the program.
Behavioral: Control
Control group receiving routine care along with $50 gift certificate at end of cycle

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinical Pregnancy Rates [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Clinical pregnancy rates will be recorded for IVF cycles 1 and 2.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Psychological Status [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Psychological status is assessed by the following scales: Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Social Readjustment Scale (SRS), Daily Monitoring Form (DMF). Other than the DMF, these are all published validated scales.

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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 patients
  • day three FSH 12 or below
  • day three estradiol 80 pg/ml or below
  • able to read, understand and sign the informed consent in English
  • using own eggs (not egg donor)
  • willing and able to comply with study requirements
  • must be well versed in using a personal computer and the internet and must have access to an internet-connected computer seven days per week

Exclusion Criteria:

  • prescription antipsychotic medication
  • previous diagnosis of borderline or narcissistic personality disorder
  • previous or concurrent participation in a mind/body group

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01156324

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

Responsible Party: Alice D. Domar, PhD, Boston IVF Identifier: NCT01156324     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20100765
First Posted: July 2, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 4, 2016
Last Verified: February 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Alice D. Domar, PhD, Boston IVF:
Stress management

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