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The Impact of Lifestyle Behaviors on In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Outcome

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Alice D. Domar, PhD, Boston IVF Identifier:
First received: May 5, 2010
Last updated: February 3, 2016
Last verified: February 2016

Many women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) ask their doctor if there are any behaviors they should avoid, or any behaviors they should emphasize during their IVF cycle. This study examines the effects of health habits surrounding exercise, smoking, alcohol, sleep, caffeine, herbal medications, acupuncture, and diet on pregnancy rates during IVF cycles. The purpose of this study is to determine if lifestyle behaviors have a significant impact on pregnancy rates during treatment with IVF.

This is an observational study conducted at a private academically-affiliated infertility clinic and includes 118 women ages 44 and below scheduled to undergo IVF treatment. All subjects were asked to complete a health history survey at the time of enrollment and a daily survey during each day of their IVF cycle. The primary outcome is clinical pregnancy rate.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: There was no intervention; this was a survey only study

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Impact of Lifestyle Behaviors on IVF Outcome

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Further study details as provided by Alice D. Domar, PhD, Boston IVF:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical Pregnancy Rates [ Time Frame: Approximately 28 days (1 IVF cycle) ]

Enrollment: 118
Study Start Date: July 2009
Study Completion Date: April 2010
Primary Completion Date: April 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Patients undergoing IVF
Women undergoing an in vitro fertilization cycle
Behavioral: There was no intervention; this was a survey only study
There was no intervention; this was a survey only study


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 44 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Women about to undergo an in vitro fertilization cycle at Boston IVF

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Female Boston IVF infertility patient undergoing IVF treatment
  • Age 18-44 years
  • Able to read, understand and sign the informed consent in English
  • 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
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01119391

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: NCT01119391     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20091005
Study First Received: May 5, 2010
Last Updated: February 3, 2016
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Alice D. Domar, PhD, Boston IVF:
Lifestyle habits

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Diseases, Female processed this record on May 25, 2017