13 Jan '11, 10pm

Laughter may help women trying to become pregnant through in-vitro fertilisation

NEW YORK - Is laughter the best medicine? Perhaps not always but it may help women trying to become pregnant through in-vitro fertilisation, a study shows. In a study published in Fertility and Sterility, an Israeli team led by Dr Shevach Friedler found that the odds of success were greater among women who were entertained by a professional "medical clown" just after the embryos were transferred to their wombs. Half of the 219 women who underwent embryo transfer had a 15-minute visit from the clown. Overall, 36 per cent became pregnant, as compared to 20 per cent of women who had a comedy-free recovery after the procedure. Dr Friedler, of the Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre, said he wanted to test the impact of laughter as a natural anti-stress mechanism. "Patients suffering from infertility are incredibly stressed ... So, I thought this could be beneficial," he said. Reuters

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