Can Bozo Help Solve Infertility?
But how doctors originally linked clowns and fertility is beyond me.
Women undergoing treatment at a fertility clinic in Israel received a bedside performance by professional clown Shlomi Algussi. The clown was dressed in a chef's hat and yellow and white vest as he told jokes, did magic tricks, and played the fool in front of patients. The result:
The 93 women, who had been implanted with embryos, saw their pregnancy rates shoot up from 20% to 35%. Another 18 other women served as the control group.
How is this possible?
Dr. Shevach Friedler, who came up with the idea, said: "We know that fertility patients are very stressed, and laughter could have an effect on the immune system." Dr. Friedler is also a trained mime artist.
"We know that fertility patients are very stressed, and laughter could have an effect on the immune system," Dr. Friedler explains. The researcers, who submitted their findings to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology meeting, believe that humor can reduce the stress and anxiety of the IVF treatment, particularly after the embryo had been implanted in the woman’s womb.
So is it the humor that helps these women conceive? Or is Shlomi The Clown responsible? Look at a couple pics of some of these "miracle babies" and you be the judge: