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The new infertility specialist is a clown — literally

Laughter in the bedroom can be awkward. But for couples struggling with infertility, it might be just what the doctor ordered. 

A recent study of 229 women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments found that 15 minutes with a trained “medical clown” increased implantation rates by almost three times.

The medical clown was dressed as a chef and performed the same “light comedy” routine for patients while they rested after the procedure. Researchers believe that by reducing the women’s stress, it eases the way for their bodies’ physiological response to aid the embryo’s implantation.

More research is needed before comedy clubs start opening up in infertility clinics, but if nothing else, a visit from a medical clown is a cheap strategy that’s unlikely to do any harm.

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