Can Hypnosis Boost the Odds with IVF Fertility Treatment?

Here’s a study that affirms what Alice Domar found in her groundbreaking work with fertility – that mind-body practices, like guided imagery and hypnosis, increase the odds of conception and pregnancy.

In a case-controlled matched clinical study, researchers from Soroka University Medical Center in Israel (- arguably the epicenter of fertility treatment, worldwide -) examined whether hypnosis during embryo transfer might contribute to successful implantation and pregnancy.

They compared 98 IVF/ET cycles, using hypnosis during the ET procedure, with 96 matched procedures without hypnosis.

Within the hypnosis group, there were 52 clinical pregnancies out of 98 cycles (53.1%), with an implantation rate of 28%; and in the control cycles, there were 29 out of 96 (30.2%) clinical pregnancies and an implantation rate of 14.4%.

The overall IVF program pregnancy rate for the same period was 32.1%. Logistic regression analysis revealed the positive contribution of hypnosis to the IVF/ET conception rates.

This study concludes that the results suggest that the use of hypnosis during ET may significantly improve the IVF/ET cycle outcome in terms of increased implantation and clinical pregnancy rates. Additionally, it seems that the hypnotized patients' attitude toward the treatment experience was more favorable.


Citation: Levitas E, Parmet A, Lunenfeld E, Bentov Y, Burstein E, Friger M, Potashnik G. Impact of hypnosis during embryo transfer on the outcome of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer: a case-control study. Fertil Steril. 2006 May;85(5):1404-8. Epub 2006 Mar 29. EliahuL@clalit.org.il