“Women who participated in a stress management program prior to or during their second IVF cycle had a 160 percent greater pregnancy rate than women who did not participate in a program. The study…..revealed a pregnancy rate of 52 percent among women who participated in a stress management program as compared to a 20 percent pregnancy rate for women who were not exposed to the stress management program……Pregnancy rates jumped to 67 percent for women with signs of depression at the start of the study who engaged in the stress management program versus no pregnancies for those that did not.”
Relaxation training, cognitive-behavioral strategies and group support were the specific stress management techniques employed during this study.
In short, what this study shows is that stress management may help increase pregnancy rates (including success rates of IVF procedures) by helping women cope with and minimize anxiety levels.
There is a proven correlation between stress/anxiety levels and lower pregnancy rates. If you are trying to get pregnant, you need to do what you can to reduce your anxiety levels. Worrying about whether your IVF cycle(s) will succeed or not will only harm your chances. I know it’s easier said than done. I really do. I’ve been there. Give yoga a try. I did…and my IVF cycle at the time succeeded. Coincidence or not, I may never know. But I’m sure the yoga helped decrease my anxiety levels, as well as provided physical benefits in terms of the stretching, etc. I went into that cycle with a much more positive attitude than during the previous cycle (ditching the IVF cycle and doctor I couldn’t stand for a facility I actually enjoyed being a patient at worked wonders as well). Read my previous blog posts about yoga and seeking therapy with a mental health professional experienced with infertility.