Impact of a Structured Yoga Program on Anxiety in Infertility Patients: A Feasibility Study
- Corresponding Author:
- Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron
Fertility Centers of Illinois
900 N Kingsbury Street, Chicago
IL 60610, United States
E-mail: [email protected]
Received May 02, 2016; Accepted May 27, 2016; Published May 31, 2016
Citation: Jasani S, Heller B, Jasulaitis S, Davidson M, Cytron JH (2016) Impact of a Structured Yoga Program on Anxiety in Infertility Patients: A Feasibility Study. J Fertil In Vitro IVF Worldw Reprod Med Genet Stem Cell Biol 4:183. doi:10.4172/2375-4508.1000183
Copyright: © 2016 Jasani S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: Anxiety has been shown to worsen over time during infertility treatment. The psychological burden of treatment itself can lead to patient drop out. Yoga has been used as a stress reliever in other areas of health care.
Objective: The objective of this study is to assess whether a structured yoga intervention can decrease anxiety levels measured by the Spielberger StateTrait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) in patients with infertility.
Study design: A prospective feasibility study was conducted. One hundred eleven participants undergoing infertility treatment at a large infertility practice were recruited and enrolled. All subjects self-selected to participate in the control group or the yoga group and completed the Spielberger StateTrait Anxiety Inventory at baseline and at a six week follow up. Seventy-nine participants completed both time points. “State” and “trait” anxiety scores were compared between the control and yoga groups. Paired t-tests and multivariate logistics regression were performed for statistical analysis via the SPSS software.
Results: Mean state and trait anxiety scores were significantly lower in the yoga group versus the control group (p<0.014 and p<0.001 respectively).
Conclusion: Mean state and trait anxiety levels were significantly lower after a structured six week yoga intervention in patients with infertility. These results suggest that yoga may have a beneficial role in reducing anxiety in patients with infertility. Ideally this may translate to decreased drop out and increased ability for patients to be successful.