According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, 6.1 million American women and their partners experience difficulties in conceiving a child. Worldwide it is estimated that 10% to 15% of couples of childbearing age experience infertility.
Did you know that stress can reduce your chances for conception? Or that when we experience stress, our bodies produce cortisol which can inhibit the implantation of a fertilized ovum, delay ovulation, and reduce the number and motility of sperm? Is it possible that your daily stress levels are hurting your ability to conceive the child you desire?
The Journal of the American Medical Women's Association reported in 1999 that 42% of women were able to conceive within six months of being taught mind/body relaxation techniques. Additionally, these women were able to effectively decrease their levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. Similar studies support these findings.
A recent Israeli study conducted by Professor Eliahu Levitas showed that the success rate of IVF treatments doubled when the subjects underwent hypnosis during implantation. Another study in the journal Fertility and Sterility suggests that because mind/body programs are effective for reducing negative emotions that may impair IVF success, patients should be offered such a program in conjunction with IVF.
One study by Dr. Alice Domar, published in 2000 in the journal Fertility and Sterility, showed 55% of the previously infertile women who met regularly in a mind/body program conceived, compared with 205 of the control group who used no mind/body techniques and who did not attend meetings.
Couples working to conceive a child may experience multiple losses. Fearfulness, hopefulness & a sense of vulnerability commonly follow sudden losses of all kinds, and pregnancy losses are no exception. The sudden loss of a precious child or control over your bodily function may offend your sense of the natural order of things, making the world seem like a foreign place. Feeling weak, unlucky, or doomed is also a typical response to sudden loss, as is a sense of foreboding or fear of sudden catastrophe. This fearfulness seems to be intensified when someone experiences recurrent losses, genetic abortions, IVF failure & ART pregnancy loss, or with combined losses such as infertility & pregnancy loss. Making the commitment to become pregnant or commit to ART once again can be a daunting task. Parents are often afraid of risking the heartache of losing another pregnancy Hypnosis is a valuable way to release the heaviness and the fear surrounding the loss. Beginning to work through these feelings beforehand helps reduce stress and anxiety.
Hypnosis elicits the relaxation response, which is a physical state of deep rest that occurs when a person is profoundly relaxed. This state counteracts the body's physical and emotional response to stress, allowing it to return to a calm relaxed state. When a person elicits the relaxation response, there is a measurable decrease in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, muscle tension, and stress hormone levels. The relaxation response also causes normal waking brain-wave patterns to shift to predominantly slower patterns and pave the way for the hormonal and immune systems to return to normal. With daily practice, hypnosis can lower inflammation in the body. All of which enhance the body's ability to conceive.
HypnoFertility is an excellent way to prepare your mind, body, and spirit to consciously conceive a child whether you are experiencing difficulty becoming pregnant or not.