The way women
deal with the stress of infertility treatment may affect
their chances of becoming pregnant, a new study suggests.
researchers found, women who tended to focus on and share
their feelings were less likely to become pregnant than
women who found other ways to cope with their
stress--such as finding ways to "distract"
themselves from their emotions.
published in the journal Fertility & Sterility,
are based on pregnancy rates among 342 women who underwent
in vitro fertilization at a single fertility clinic in
23% became pregnant, with lower odds of success seen in
women who coped with their stress in "emotionally
suggest that women's coping styles matter more than the
stress itself in IVF success, according to the researchers,
led by Dr. Efharis Panagopoulou of Aristotle
they say, should explore whether women undergoing IVF
benefit from finding ways to distract themselves from the
That's not to
say, however, that expressing one's feelings is necessarily
the researchers note, have found that expressing
emotions may be a boon for physical and emotional health.
But those studies have not looked specifically at
pregnancy outcomes after IVF, they add.
the study authors conclude, is needed to figure out when
it's beneficial for infertile women to focus on expressing
their emotions and when distraction might be a better
coping mechanism. (Reuters)