Precision Mental Health is examining the connection between mental health and fertility; particularly in the case of assisted reproduction. Undertaking assisted reproduction therapy is associated with a host of mental health challenges. Uncertainty, fear of failure, financial strain, and demands of treatment can lead to feelings of frustration, confusion, depression and anxiety. PMH is seeking to inform evidence-based solutions to promote positive mental health during assisted reproduction therapy, and understand the connection between good mental health and healthy fertility.

What is Assisted-Reproductive Technology?

Assisted-reproductive technologies cover a range of therapeutic interventions designed to address challenges individuals and/or couples may face with fertility. In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a common form of assisted-reproductive technology.

The Statistics on Mental Health and Fertility

  • 2x increase in the risk of infertility for women with the highest   levels of stress

  • Up to 40x of women experience infertility have a psychiatric diagnosis, most often depression or anxiety

  • 23% high pregnancy rate for women who received psychological interventions

Evidence-Based Precision Health Solutions

PMH is looking to see how the research data supports psychosocial techniques to promote positive mental health and healthy fertility. Techniques like:

  • Mental health coaching during assisted reproductive therapy.

  • Customized psychosocial plans to promote evidence-based positive mental health behaviors like mediation, forest bathing, social interaction, and self-care.

  • Assessing digital and psychological markers of well-being to tailor precision approaches to positive mental health for the individual.

  • Technology as a platform for delivery of effective mental health support.