Objective: To determine if women who were randomized to a mind/body program before starting their first IVF cycle would have higher pregnancy rates than control subjects.
Design: Randomized, controlled, prospective study.
Setting: Private academically affiliated infertility center.
Patient(s): A total of 143 women aged≤40 years who were about to begin their first IVF cycle.
Intervention(s): Subjects were randomized to a ten-session mind/body program (MB) or a control group and followed for two IVF cycles.
Main outcome measure(s): Clinical pregnancy rate.
Result(s): Only 9% of the MB participants had attended at least one-half of their sessions at cycle 1 start. Pregnancy rates for cycle 1 were 43% for all subjects; 76% of the MB subjects had attended at least one-half of their sessions at cycle 2 start. Pregnancy rates for cycle 2 were 52% for MB and 20% for control.
Conclusion(s): MB participation was associated with increased pregnancy rates for cycle 2, prior to which most subjects had attended at least half of their sessions.
Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01103973.
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