The impact of stress on fertility treatment

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Abstract

Purpose of review

The goal of this review was to summarize the recent research on the relationship between stress and assisted reproductive technology treatment.

Recent findings

Women and men with infertility report high levels of distress that can impact their quality of life. There are numerous psychosocial interventions, including cognitive behavior therapy and/or self-help ones, which may decrease distress, increase patient retention and improve pregnancy rates.

Summary

Patient distress is an important factor to consider. Decreasing burden of care may lead to significant improvements in assisted reproductive technology outcome.

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