Friday, June 23, 2006

Didn't Conceive of This One

The Grave Digger
Israel doctors have innovated a technique which apparently increases the success of fertility treatment: clowns.

That's right. Clowns.
[...] after introducing clown therapy to patients having in-vitro fertilization, doctors at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Zerifin, Israel, said the conception rate rose from 20 to 35 percent.
[...]
Thirty-three of the 93 women entertained for 10-15 minutes by the professional clown conceived, compared to 18 patients among the same number who had not had a good dose of humor.
Link (via Broadsheet). As Rockwell points out, some people find clowns creepy and may not be too psyched about magic tricks or rubber noses. However, it does demonstrate the value of laughter.

It reminds me of an episode of Roseanne where Roseanne tells daughter Becky that jumping up and down after sex does not confuse the sperm or decrease the chances of pregnancy. I wonder if the shaking from laughing (much like jumping) actually increases the chances of conception.

Someone should tell Becky.

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