'Medical clowning' improved the rate
of pregnancy, says a study conducted in Israel and published in the medical
journal Fertility and Sterility. The idea behind this study was sheer common
sense that women who were less stressed during in-vitro fertilization (IVF) sessions
and embryo transfer (ET) showed better outcomes.
Immediately after the procedure, a 'professional
medical clown' visited the patients for about 15minutes and performed tricks,
magic and jokes. The results of this study are quite encouraging. It is not
about the clown, but a 15minute visit from someone who makes the patient
comfortable and laugh during this stressful moment could also be helpful. Previous
studies which supported the stress reduction idea during IVF and ET sessions
were expensive and involved training program.
Thus medical clowning after IVF-ET might have beneficial
effects on pregnancy rates and deserves further investigation.