Attempts to have a child is a strong stress for women

It’s absolutely clear that women, undergoing the IVF, are overstressed. They are affected by discomfort from the drug therapy, fear of a puncture, increased nervousness in anticipation of the child, and the fear that this won’t work ... But the effect of this stress on the success of the IVF, whether it is good or evil, and, therefore, whether it is necessary to deal with it through different methods, or, on the contrary, to introduce a woman into a state of stress artificially - is a question to discuss.

For example, Israeli doctors believe that it’s important for women to remove the stress, associated with the procedure of in vitro fertilization and they even arrange shows with clowns in the wards.


On the other hand, I read an American study, according to which the probability of conception for the women under stress was higher - the body was supposed to mobilize innate resources. But other specialists argue, that the psychological state of the patient does not affect the success of the procedure (the study of British and American scientists).

In my opinion, all this talk is meaningless for one simple reason - it is very difficult to carry out truly reliable experiments in this area and to measure the result correctly. It’s impossible to measure the unmeasurable. My personal point of view is that the most sure is to copy Mother Nature and try to carry out the procedure as close to "natural conditions" as possible. During  normal conception, the woman usually doesn’t experience any significant positive or negative emotions, she is calm and relaxed. It means that we must try to repeat the same situation with IVF.

As for the psychological support in the clinic, I think that a good fertility specialist must be a psychologist for his patients: explain, support, comfort in proper time. And indeed the whole team of doctors and nurses must create a psychologically comfortable atmosphere for their patients.

It seems to me, that if we talk about specialized psychological support, it is advisable to introduce this practice in large, public health care facilities. There, the doctors, because of the constant flow of patients, are unable to pay extra 15 minutes to each preson, and the very atmosphere of constant circulation of people around does not contribute to relaxation of the patient. As for the small private clinics, I think this won’t be useful. But it sure will do no harm. Plus, some patients would like this increased attention and care.