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Lifestyle behaviors in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a prospective study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22217965     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine the lifestyle behaviors of women before and during an IVF cycle.
DESIGN: Prospective survey.
SETTING: Private academically affiliated infertility center.
PATIENT(S): One hundred eighteen women, ages 18-44, scheduled to undergo an assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycle using their own eggs.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Lifestyle history and daily habit survey.
RESULT(S): In the month before their IVF cycle, 92% exercised, 3% smoked, 73% drank alcohol, 76% drank caffeinated beverages, 14% took herbs, and 30% underwent acupuncture. During their ART cycle, 100% exercised, 2% smoked, 49% drank alcohol, 77% drank caffeine, 12% took herbs, and 47% underwent acupuncture.
CONCLUSION(S): This is the first prospective assessment of numerous lifestyle habits during an ART cycle. A number of surprising observations were made. Despite physician recommendation against it, some ART patients took herbs while cycling. Patients continue to exercise regularly and drink caffeine daily, and almost half continued to drink alcohol. Lifestyle behavior counseling should be considered for patients pursuing ART.
Alice D Domar; Lisa Conboy; Julia Denardo-Roney; Kristin L Rooney
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-01-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Fertility and sterility     Volume:  97     ISSN:  1556-5653     ISO Abbreviation:  Fertil. Steril.     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-02     Completed Date:  2012-04-24     Revised Date:  2012-09-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372772     Medline TA:  Fertil Steril     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  697-701.e1     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Boston IVF, Waltham, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acupuncture Therapy
Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects,  epidemiology
Boston / epidemiology
Caffeine / administration & dosage,  adverse effects
Fertilization in Vitro* / adverse effects
Health Behavior*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Infertility / epidemiology,  psychology,  therapy*
Life Style*
Patient Compliance
Plant Preparations / administration & dosage,  adverse effects
Prospective Studies
Risk Reduction Behavior*
Smoking / adverse effects,  epidemiology
Time Factors
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plant Preparations; 58-08-2/Caffeine

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