Lightening the burden of care in assisted reproductive technology

David Roy Meldrum, M.D.

Volume 105, Issue 5, Pages 1144-1145


In our March 2016 Views and Reviews section, we discussed the large amount of data indicating that psychological stress reduces in vitro fertilization (IVF) success (1). We referred to a landmark study showing that increased diastolic blood pressure was highly predictive of poor IVF outcomes. I can identify with those findings. My diastolic pressure was over 90 during my internship and is now under 70. When my IVF program was first housed in the university, a patient would come back to my office completely unglued because the pharmacy had run out of gonadotropins.

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