Fertility IVF Clinics

Add Laughter to the Mix!

When bringing LY Workshops into their fertility clinics and medical centers, some of the areas that participants find the most substantial benefits are: stress management, improved fertility, better concentration in the workday and deeper sleep in the evening, lower blood pressure, lower cortisol levels (stress hormones), higher endorphines, strengthened immunity, health and wellbeing.

In addition to the scientific and health benefits, participants often say that after practicing Laughter Yoga, they find themselves laughing more readily and easily throughout their day. They also report feeling an increased ability to laugh and cope with challenging events as they arise in their lives, and to approach them with a more light-hearted attitude. Evolution has given us the wonderful gift of laughter, and with LY workshops we’re able to cash in on it’s benefits whenever we feel we could use it most.

To schedule a Laughter Yoga workshop for your Fertility IVF clinic, group or other setting, you may contact me using this handy form or directly at 617.529.0090 or info (at) livetolaugh (dot) org.

Laughter And Fertility: Laugh Yourself Pregnant

“Laughter is all the rage today. In 1979 Norman Cousins wrote a book, Anatomy of an Illness, claiming to have cured himself of cancer by laughing himself well. People were skeptical, but now thirty years later there is a big laughter therapy movement worldwide. There are laughter yoga classes, laughter clubs, clown therapy and even hospital clowns, often medically trained like doctor and clown Dr. Patch Adams. Medical clowns often work with very sick children to help them cope with the procedures they have to endure.

And now Israeli researchers have shown that medical clowns’ humor can help women having fertility treatment get pregnant. The researchers developed a program to help patients in an infertility clinic de-stress and relax. They arranged for clowns dressed as chefs to visit the women and do a routine. They found that women’s chances of getting pregnant from an embryo transfer almost doubled after if, immediately afterwards, they had a visit from a clown! The clown’s visit was only a short one of about 15 minutes, and yet it had this amazing effect of increasing the conception rate of the women in the study from 20% to 35%! And this wasn’t even the purpose of the study – it was just a side-effect! See how you or your patients may benefit from laughter too. In between treatment sessions, why not try a laughter yoga class or watch your favorite funny movies? It can’t hurt and it will certainly help you relax. And while you are actually lying there having your fertility treatment, you can listen to your favorite comedians on your iPod. You can just tell your doctors you are laughing yourself pregnant!” (Full article link)

Fertility: Laughter Helped Raise Conception Rate from 20 Percent to 35 Percent

“After introducing clown therapy to patients having in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), doctors at Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre in Zerifin said their conception rate rose from 20 per cent to 35 per cent. “To our surprise we found a significant difference between the women who were exposed to clowning,” said Dr Shevach Friedler, a trained mime artist and fertility doctor at the centre.

Some 33 of the 93 women entertained for 10 to 15 minutes by the professional clown conceived, compared with 18 patients among the same group who did not receive a performance, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology meeting in Prague heard.

US scientists found that a build-up of stress can play a major role in preventing a woman from ovulating.” (Full article link)

The Effect of Medical Clowning on Pregnancy Rates After In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer

Shevach Friedler, M.D., Saralee Glasser, M.A., Liat Azani, M.Sc, Laurence S. Freedman, Ph.D., Arie Raziel, M.D., Dvora Strassburger, Ph.D., Raphael Ron-El, M.D., Liat Lerner-Geva, M.D., Ph.D.

“This experimental prospective quasi-randomized study examining the impact of a medical clowning encounter after embryo transfer (ET) after in vitro fertilization (IVF) found that the pregnancy rate in the intervention group was 36.4%, compared with 20.2% in the control group (adjusted odds ratio, 2.67; 95% confidence interval, 1.36–5.24). Medical clowning as an adjunct to IVF-ET may have a beneficial effect on pregnancy rates and deserves further investigation.” (Full article link)

To explore the benefits of Laughter Yoga further, please feel free to check out our Interesting Articles, Videos and Benefits pages. I look forward to helping you bring more laughter into your life soon! Drop me a line to book a workshop anytime.

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