Stress Reduction During In Vitro Fertilization

The goal of this study is to determine the effect of Healing Touch (HT) on the stress, anxiety, and self-efficacy experiences of women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) in a randomized, controlled design. HT is a gentle, non-invasive form of energy-balancing work that promotes relaxation.

Stanford is currently accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Stanford University


  • Behavioral: Healing Touch
  • Behavioral: Desensitization Therapy
  • Behavioral: Standard Care




Inclusion Criteria:-Age <43

   - FSH <= 14

   - About to enter an IVF cycle at the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center

   - Planning a transfer of their own fresh embryos during this cycle

   - Speak and read English fluently

Exclusion Criteria:-Diminished ovarian reserve

   - Planning to freeze their embryos without embryo transfer during this cycle

   - Planning to use donor eggs or embryos during this cycle

   - Concomitant energy work interventions (HT, Reiki, QiGong, acupuncture) planned during
   the IVF cycle.

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Years - 42 Years

Genders Eligible for Study


Now accepting new patients

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Kathy Turner, RN, NP

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