The majority of couples going through infertility treatment report some degree of stress. Both infertility itself and the treatment required to overcome it can be incredibly stressful. Understandably, patients worry that stress may be adversely impacting their probability of success. Previous studies on this subject have been mixed and patients often ask does stress impact success with IVF?
A recent meta-analysis analyzed 20 papers on this topic. These studies examined the association of anxiety, depression, or perceived stress before or during IVF and pregnancy outcomes. More than 4,000 patients were included in the analysis. These authors found that anxiety, depression, or perceived stress were not associated with negative IVF outcomes.
These results are promising in that they suggest that stress does not interfere with the success of fertility treatment. We hope that all patients are reassured by these findings. Regardless, stress reduction is still strongly encouraged throughout the entire process (although difficult to achieve sometimes). Some interventions that may help with stress relief include: acupuncture, massage, exercise, proper sleep hygiene, and group or individual therapy. At Fertility Centers of New England, we encourage all of our patients to lead a healthy lifestyle. If you have questions about your or your partner’s fertility, please contact us today!