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Send in the clowns by: Ben Morris
FILED UNDER SOMETHINGISRAELI >> Health & Lifestyle

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Women trying to conceive a child through IVF treatment are more likely to be successful if they add a sense of humour to their life, new Israeli research has found.

According to  Dr Shevah Friedler of the Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre in Zerifin of 186 women aged 25 t0 40 during a ten month period, half were given regular treatment while the others were entertained by a clown following treatment.

Of the 93 who did not get the clown, just 18 fell pregnant, compared to 33 of the 93 who did.

"My background is clowning and movement. Iím also a physician who works in IVF. I thought we could combine the two," said Dr Friedler. "We know that fertility patients are very stressed. Everybody knows that humour is an effective way to reduce stress."



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