Clowns help women get pregnant

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A study published in Fertility & Sterility indicates that the use of “medical clowns” can increase the chance of in-vitro fertilization being successful. An Israeli team monitored 219 women and those who were subjected to clowning had a 36% success rate, 12% more successful than women who were not.

As the team leader Shevach Friedler says, “Patients suffering from infertility undergoing IVF are incredibly stressed. So I thought that this intervention could be beneficial for them at the crucial moments after embryo transfer”.

Israel’s University of Haifa has introduced a program in “medical clowning” and other fertility clinics may adopt this practice.

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