A number of medical studies suggest a change in psychological well-being can lead to an increase in fertility success. Women experiencing depressive symptoms greatly improve their chances of conception, by participating in programs that teach relaxation and cognitive restructuring. Severely depressed women who participated in a cognitive-behavior group program for 10 sessions that was designed to lower depression and anxiety experienced a 60% viable pregnancy rate within 6 months (Domar et al. Psychological Interventions and Pregnancy Rates Vol. 73, No. 4, April 2000).
Out of the 41 studies that have examined the relationship between distress in infertility, 20 studies have shown that stress negatively impacts conception. A recent study shows that women who experience high levels of anxiety and depression prior to IVF treatment are 93% less likely to conceive than those who are less distressed. We work to maximize and compliment the efficacy of assisted reproductive therapies.