Infertility & Hypnosis
When you have decided that you want to have a family and it doesn't happen as quickly and easily as you expect it to, stress levels can rise. Over time relationships can lose their spontaneity and even friendships and family relationships can become strained as unwanted and unexpected emotional reactions occur.
From the Fertility Society of Australia we are told that:
- Infertility is recognised as the inability to achieve conception after twelve months of unprotected intercourse
- One in six Australian couples have to address infertility
- Shared equally among men and women, infertility problems may be successfully treated with medical and surgical techniques and lifestyle changes
Hypnotherapy improves IVF success and increases rate of pregnancy
There are a number of studies that show the connection between stress and fertility and although stress is only one consideration in working towards a state of optimum fertility, it is certainly worth reducing stress levels to ensure that you get the most from your chosen treatment plan.
In the journal Human Reproduction, doctors compared pregnancy rates in couples that reported being stressed and those who were not. They found that pregnancy was much more likely to occur during months when couples reported feeling "good" -- happy and relaxed... It was less likely to occur during the months they reported feeling tense or anxious. (From Stress and Infertility an article by Colette Bouchez).
Similarly, experts at the University of California in San Diego reported on stress and the success of infertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization (IVF). They administered a series of questionnaires designed to measure patients stress levels and found that women who scored highest -- indicating the highest levels of stress -- had ovulated 20% fewer eggs compared with women who were less stressed. Moreover, of those who were able to produce eggs, those who were most stressed were 20% less likely to achieve fertilization success. (Published in Fertility and Sterility 2005).
Another stress related study headed by Professor Eliahu Levitas at the Soroka Hospital in Beersheva showed that 28% of women in the group of 185 who were hypnotized, became pregnant, compared with 14% of those who were not.
Reproductive medicine is a specialist area and it makes sense that to get the most out of the processes and procedures you undergo at the fertility clinic, that you are in the best shape possible emotionally and mentally too. Like tilled earth ready for planting, the research confirms that when you are more relaxed and feeling happy, you increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
So whether you are considering preparing yourself to conceive naturally or are seeking hypnotherapy as an adjunct to medical treatment for infertility, hypnosis can help.
To speak with Karen personally call her at Transformational Therapy, on 0409 777 116.
Articles and Research
According to Sophie Goodchild who writes for The Independant, Hypnotherapy can help you to get pregnant.
In her article 'Recipe for a Miracle' which was published in the Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, psychologist, Susan Hutchinson - Phillips says that hypnosis could be beneficial as an adjunct to IVF procedures.
In the article 'Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy in the Milieu of Integrative Medicine: Healing the Mind/Body/Spirit' by David Hartman and Diane Zimberoff, which was published in the Journal of Heart-Centered Therapies, 2011, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 41-75, they say, "Hypnosis is used increasingly for healthcare applications in hospitals, clinics,and psychotherapy practice. A substantial body of research demonstrates the efficacy of hypnosis as part of the integrative treatment of many conditions that traditional medicine has found difficult to treat (e.g., Pinnell & Covino,2000; Elkins, Jensen, & Patterson, 2007). . . . We have also come to know that in these populations hypnosis can lead not only to reduced anxiety but also specifically altered physiological parameters.”