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NEW YORK---Bed rest immedi-
ately after an in vitro fertilisation
(IVF) procedure, despite being com-
mon practice, did not help women
ultimately have a baby in a new
"The old wives tale of bed rest should
be debunked once and for all, that you
don t need bed rest in any way, shape
or form," said Dr Jani Jensen, a fertility
expert at the Mayo Clinic, who was not
part of the study.
The researchers found that women
who continued to lie down for ten min-
utes after embryos were transferred to
their uterus were actually less likely to
have a baby than women who got up
and walked around right away.
"It demonstrates that there is no need
to keep patients at bed rest after a trans-
fer. They can immediately get up and
leave," said Dr Richard Reindollar, the
chair of the department of obstetrics
and gyneacology at Geisel School of
Medicine at Dartmouth.
IVF involves inserting fertilised
embryos into a woman s uterus using
a thin catheter.
Women lie down and prop their feet
in footrests, and the procedure takes
about five to ten minutes, said Jensen.
Following the procedure, women are
sometimes wheeled on a gurney to a
recovery room, where they rest for sev-
eral minutes up to several hours. Other
times, women are asked to stand and
walk out of the room on their own.
"In the past there were a number of
people who felt strongly that patients
have bed rest. Some had patients go to
bed for five days," said Reindollar, who
did not participate in the study.
Some previous research has suggested
that bed rest actually does no good,
and could harm women s chances for
In the latest study, researchers in
Spain, led by Dr José Remohi at the
Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad,
Valencia, and the Universidad de Valen-
cia, randomly assigned patients to bed
rest or to get up immediately following
Half of the women in the study, 120
of them, stayed on the bed for ten min-
utes after the embryos were transferred,
while the other 120 women got up and
walked out of the room.
Fifty women in the bed rest group
went on to have babies, while 68 women
in the other group delivered a baby.
"It s not clear why," said Jensen.
The pregnancy rates were similar in
both groups, but miscarriage rates in
the bed rest group were 27.5 per cent
compared to 18 per cent in the other
group. Statistically, though, that dif-
ference could have been due to chance,
the researchers noted.
The authors point out that when a
woman is standing, her uterus is in a
horizontal position and speculate that
may be better for successful embryo
They also propose that stress reduc-
tion from walking around after the pro-
cedure might play a role in the differing
"We believe that encouraging patients
to follow their daily routine immediately
after (embryo transfer) may help them
to cope with anxiety during treatment
and thereafter to increase their skills in
maintaining relaxation throughout the
treatment, and this may be one possible
reason behind our obtained results,"
they write in the journal Fertility and
Jensen agreed that stress reduction
is important for would-be mothers.
"But I think that the intervention is
too small to say that the ten minutes
of bed rest was detrimental," said Jensen.
"The better message is probably that
you really don t need any bed rest at
all to still have good outcomes."
Reindollar, who is also the president-
elect of the American Society for Repro-
ductive Medicine, said the study is
important in developing a cache of evi-
dence about the benefits and harms of
He said that with enough data the
Society might consider issuing practice
guidelines that recommend physicians
discourage bed rest.
"This paper showed that it certainly
does not hurt patients to get up and
walk away, and it suggests that it might
hurt to keep them there," Reindollar
told Reuters Health.
No need for bed rest after IVF
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Women who continued
to lie down after
transferred to their
uterus were actually
less likely to have a
baby than women who
got up and walked
around right away.
IVF involves inserting
fertilised embryos into
a woman's uterus
using a thin catheter.
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