Tag Archives: Mind-Body

Stress and Infertility

Written on March 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

A new study in the journal Human Reproduction, reported in the New York Times, provides physical evidence that there is an association between stress and infertility.

Over four years, 401 women who were stopping contraception and trying to have a baby underwent saliva testing for two stress-related substances: the enzyme alpha-amylase, and the hormone cortisol. The women provided a saliva …

Don’t stress over infertility-easy to say, hard to do

Written on March 8, 2013 at 9:51 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

We all know that infertility is an emotional and heartbreaking problem. It’s easy to say “don’t stress over it, but stress reduction over any issue is hard to do.

A 2012 Carnegie-Mellon University study finds stress levels increased over the past 26 years. They also found women experience more of it, and many say the stress itself can sabotage plans …

ASRM ABSTRACT: Behavioral treatment improves IVF pregnancy rates by reducing stress

Written on January 6, 2013 at 10:15 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

This is one of a series of news items from abstracts of studies presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as complied by Dr. David Meldrum, Scientific Director of Reproductive Partners. We appreciate the enormous amount of work it takes to compile and comment on these abstracts.


We are convinced that stress may be …

Mind-Body-Wellness Workshop this weekend in South Bay

Written on January 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

There will be an intensive short Mind-Body-Wellness workshop in the South Bay of Los Angeles this weekend, February 3-5th facilitated by Paula Dowd.

For more information please link to  www.mindbodywellnessla.com or feel free to call at 310.373.WELL (9355).…

Can there be a “placbo effect” in fertility treatments?

Written on January 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

According to an article in the January 3, 2012 Wall Street Journal, the answer is yes.

Fertility rates have been found to improve in women getting a placebo, perhaps because they experience a decrease in stress. A recent randomized trial of women with polycystic ovarian syndrome found that 15%, or 5 of 33, got pregnant while taking placebo over …

Does emotional stress affect the chances of getting pregnant?

Written on March 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

No, according to a recent highly-publicized study in the British Medical Journal. They analyzed articles published from 1985 to March 2010 which reported a test of the association between pretreatment emotional distress (anxiety or depression) and pregnancy in women undergoing a single cycle of assisted reproductive technology. They concluded that the findings of this meta-analysis should reassure women and doctors …