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Fertility Treatments Not Influenced By Mood

Anxiety and depression before and during fertility treatment does not affect the likelihood of a woman becoming pregnant or of her canceling her treatment.

The surprising revelation was discovered by Dr. Bea Lintsen, a physician at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (The Netherlands), and her colleagues.

The researchers used questionnaires to assess the levels of psychological distress in 783 women at two points before and during fertility treatment.

Results from the 421 women who completed both questionnaires showed that levels of depression or anxiety either before or during fertility treatment had no influence over cancellation rates and did not predict pregnancy rates either.

Until now, studies of the links between anxiety and depression and the success of fertility treatment have been inconclusive.

Dr. Lintsen believes this is the largest prospective study yet to look at the influence of distress on the outcome of a first IVF or ICSI treatment, and that the findings are reliable.

However, she and her colleagues say the associations between psychological factors and pregnancy rates after IVF are complex and require further research into mediating factors such as lifestyle and sexual behavior.

The study is published in Europe’s leading reproductive medicine journal, Human Reproduction.

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Fertility Treatments Not Influenced By Mood

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Fertility Treatments Not Influenced By Mood. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 13, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2009/01/29/fertility-treatments-not-influenced-by-mood/3770.html

 

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