Hypnosis can double a woman’s chances of getting pregnant after in-vitro fertilisation treatment, according to new research.

Scientists in Israel made the discovery after a group of 89 women were hypnotised while embryos were being transplanted into their wombs.

Their success rate was 28 per cent, compared with 14.4 per cent for another group of 96 women who did not undergo hypnosis. In both groups roughly the same number of eggs was obtained for IVF treatment, and the same kind of ovarian stimulation applied.

The women, all aged about 32, were first interviewed to test their susceptibility to hypnosis.

Those selected underwent embryo transfer in the presence of a specialist therapist who sat with them throughout the procedure.

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