Mindfulness-based program may help reduce stress in infertile women

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An eight-week mindfulness-based program was effective for reducing stress and depressive symptoms while increasing general well-being in a study of infertile women.

The Stress and Health study included 62 who underwent the program—which included meditation, relaxation, guided imagery, and other components—and 37 who were in a control group and received no intervention. The median number of symptoms of chronic stress recorded in the past month decreased from 6 before the program to 2 after the intervention. Depressive symptoms also decreased after the program, while general well-being improved. None of the outcomes changed significantly in the control group.

"Infertile women are often overwhelmed with and are at increased risk for depression. We observed that a relatively brief program of mindfulness practice was able to reduce the self-perception of stress and in this population," said senior author Dr. Fernando Reis, of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, in Brazil. "This program offers a complementary support to mitigate the psychological burden of infertility."

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More information: Simone F. Nery et al, Mindfulness-based program for stress reduction in infertile women: Randomized controlled trial, Stress and Health (2018). DOI: 10.1002/smi.2839
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