Sunday, February 11, 2007

Clowning around with IVF

My brother, Ben, who's taking a clown course (to become a clown therapist) sent me this article from Israel21c about the effects of being entertained by a clown following embryo transfer.
A team led by fertility expert Dr. Shevah Friedler at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center studied 186 women aged 25 to 40 over 10 months, all of whom were undergoing embryo transfer treatment. While half were simply given the treatment and nothing else, the other group was entertained by a clown for up to 15 minutes as they recuperated in bed after the treatment.

The results? 33 of the women who 'clowned' around became pregnant, compared to only 18 women in the control group. For the 60,000 American women who undergo IVF treatment annually, the message is: don't worry, be happy. "

Funny. My two successful embryo transfers (those that resulted in live births) involved the bed I was lying on crashing into the elevator door... I think I would have preferred the clown option.

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