What is Fertility Hypnotherapy & can it help me?
Fertility Hypnotherapy / Pre-Conception Hypnosis is known to have a very calming effect on both the mind and body. Finding a way to relax really helps women prepare for conception, whether they are planning natural conception or assisted conception such as IVF.
Relaxation is the most obvious bonus with hypnosis and has the desired effect of lowering stress hormones and chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline, which are believed to be a contributing factor when it comes to infertility. In a deep state of relaxation, you increase your endorphin and oxytocin levels, restoring hormonal balance, regulating the natural balance in the autonomic nervous system and regulating and restoring healthy immune system function.
Aside from the obvious relaxation and stress relief part, it is known that the mind controls the body. What we all too often seem to forget is that we control the mind. We use hypnosis to facilitate inner change, which can positively impact on physical wellbeing and fertility.
Working to clear any fears, worries or limiting beliefs, I am also working with you to support your emotions as you go through this journey.
The Fertile Body Method is one particular technique that I use with clients, as well as a combination of Hypnotherapy, NLP, EFT, Mindfulness and Meditation.
If necessary, preparing the couple for conception by helping them:
– to make necessary changes to lifestyle, diet, smoking, alcohol and exercise habits
– to feel confident and ready for parenthood
– to improve intimacy and sexual relationship (for natural conception)
– restore menstrual health, or sperm count and mobility
– prepare for IVF or other fertility treatment
Viewing health as more than a physical issue is certainly not a new concept. We know that health is experienced as mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing. Many cultures throughout the world use a medical model that fully acknowledges the inter-connectedness between these different aspects of our being.
Mind-body medicine is an approach to health that recognises the effect that our mind has on our body, and vice versa. This model views the various aspects of ourselves and the different systems of our body as a part of the greater whole. This holistic approach acknowledges the effect that one part, or one system, will have on another. It views the human being as a dynamic living ecosystem that strives to maintain all parts in balance and working harmoniously together.
Hypnosis And IVF
The use of hypnosis during embryo transfer doubles the IVF/ET outcome in terms of increased implantation and clinical pregnancy rates. Furthermore it seems the patients’ attitude to treatment was more favourable. (‘Impact of hypnosis during embryo transer on the outcome of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer: a case-control study.’)
Fertility and Sterility Journal. May 2006; 8 (5):14040-8)
No matter your reason for wanting the Fertility Support, fertility hypnotherapy is a wonderful, non-invasive way of having a much more positive outlook on your conception journey.
What do I do first?
Clients book the initial consultation, where we debrief where you are, your history and make a plan going forward. We do some foundation trance/relaxation work and put together a bespoke plan for you.
Follow the link to the booking page to BOOK YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
I work online internationally, or from my treatment space at Luna Treatment Rooms in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Further information and reading:
Depression Affects Fertility
Women suffering from depression, stress and anxiety are twice as likely to have problems conceiving. In one study 60% of women who were treated for depression got pregnant within a 6 month period, as opposed to only 24% of untreated women (Nicholas, M ‘3 Steps to Fertility’ pg49)
A study in Germany showed that men on death row found that they all had a very low sperm count. (Domar, A ‘Conquering Infertility: A mind-body guide to enhancing fertility and coping with Infertility’ pg 30)
Another study showed that women who had experienced at least one unsuccessful IVF cycle and who had depressive symptoms before continuing IVF treatment experienced a 13% subsequent pregnancy rate, in contrast to a 29% pregnancy rate in women who did not experience depressive symptoms before their IVF cycle. (Domar, A ‘Conquering Infertility: A mind-body guide to enhancing fertility and coping with Infertility’ pg 24)
Stress Affects Fertility
In a tribe under threat from another tribe or marauding wild animals, the females would fail to ovulate during this time, similarly if there were a famine that too would be a bad time to bring a child into the world. – Peter Bowen-Simpkins, M.D Clinical Director, Cromwell IVF Fertility Centre. Introduction: Shape UK March 2001