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.
Randomized, controlled, prospective study.
Private academically affiliated infertility center.
A total of 143 women aged ≤40 years who were about to begin their first IVF cycle.
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.
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.
MB participation was associated with increased pregnancy rates for cycle 2, prior to which most subjects had attended at least half of their sessions.