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Women who are stressed and anxious before in vitro fertilization (IVF) are no less likely to have a baby, new research suggests. But if the treatment fails, it may take a toll on their mental health. In two separate studies in the journal Fertility and Sterility, researchers found women with anxiety or depression symptoms were just as likely as others to become pregnant.
Doctors have dramatically increased the success of IVF by creating laboratories which mimic conditions found inside the womb. The fertility experts have boosted a woman’s odds of pregnancy by up to 40 per cent simply by keeping lab conditions more similar to those inside a woman’s body.
The success of the technology, developed at Newcastle University, promises to reduce the financial cost of treatment, as well as the emotional heartache of repeatedly failing to become pregnant.