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Hypnosis and Infertility

Everywhere you look it seems as if all you can see are babies, yet you've been trying and trying and you are just unable to get pregnant. Your sex life suffers because it becomes more and more like a depressing chore. Perhaps you've consulted all sorts of specialists and have even tried fertility treatments.

The good news is that in spite of the fact there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that hypnosis can help, this is now starting to be confirmed by clinical studies.

Hypnosis can help you in a number of different ways.

Research shows that stress plays a major role in impairing fertility. Unfortunately, this leads to a vicious circle, because stress leads to infertility, and infertility leads to even more stress.

Depression and despair can also impair fertility because other studies show that women who are depressed are half as likely to get pregnant as those who feel good about themselves and their lives.

Fortunately, hypnosis can dramatically reduce the levels of stress-related biochemicals and hormones in your body. It can also help to banish those destructive feelings of despair and depression. It can even give you back a sense of control over your life and make sex fun once again.

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Infertility Fact Sheet

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after trying for 12 months (if the woman is under the age of 35) or 6 months (if the woman is over the age of 35), as well as the inability of a woman to carry a fetus to full-term.

Causes (female)

  • age;

  • stress and anxiety;

  • heavy consumption of alcohol;

  • smoking;

  • poor diet;

  • excessive athletic training;

  • being under or over weight;

  • blocked fallopian tubes;

  • endometriosis;

  • pelvic inflammatory disease;

  • uterine problems;

  • uterine fibroids;

  • sexually transmitted diseases;

  • polycystic ovarian syndrome;

  • primary ovarian insufficiency;

  • hormonal imbalances;

  • exposure to radiation;

  • chemotherapy;

  • pollution (particularly exposure to lead and pesticides).

Causes (male)

  • age;

  • heavy consumption of alcohol;

  • illegal drug use (such as cocaine);

  • certain prescription drugs;

  • smoking;

  • a condition called varicocele where the veins in a man's testicles are too big, causing the testicles to heat up;

  • a low sperm count;

  • defective sperm (they could be misshapen or unable to move properly);

  • injury or damage that causes a blockage in the reproductive system;

  • kidney disease;

  • mumps;

  • sexually transmitted diseases;

  • hormonal imbalances;

  • exposure to radiation;

  • chemotherapy;

  • pollution (particularly exposure to lead and pesticides).

How Hypnosis Can Help You

If you have fertility problems, then hypnosis is ideally suited to helping you deal with this condition because:

  • it can help to regulate and restore the natural balance of your hormones;

  • it can banish those destructive feelings of despair and depression;

  • it can help to bring the joy back into your sex life;

  • it can give you a greater sense of control over your life;

  • it can enhance your innate capacity to heal yourself;

  • it can help you eat better and engage in a healthy exercise program;

  • it can improve your ability to follow sound medical advice and work with your physicians;

  • it can reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression and help you deal with the emotional aspects of infertility;

  • it can help by allowing you to dissociate yourself (focus your mind and attention elsewhere) from your condition so you don't dwell on it too much;

  • it can help if there is a link between a specific emotional trauma and the onset of your condition;

  • it can help if it involves any subconscious and state-dependent processes.

Some Research That Proves These Claims...

The scientific research is conclusive. If you are capable of entering into a moderately deep state of hypnosis (something 70% of the population can achieve), then hypnosis can help you. Here is a summation of some of these studies...

Impact of Hypnosis During Embryo Transfer on the Outcome of In Vitro Fertilization-Embryo Transfer: A Case-Control Study. Fertility and Sterility. 2006 Mar 25; Levitas E, Parmet A, Lunenfeld E, Bentov Y, Burstein E, Friger M, Potashnik G.

This study compared two groups of women undergoing embryo transfer at an Israeli fertility clinic. Ninety-eight women used hypnosis to help them during this process and 96 acted as the control group and followed the normal procedures. Those who received hypnosis had a 30.2% implantation rate compared with only 14.4% in the control group. This study concluded that not only did hypnosis help to double the rate of embryonic implantation, but it also helped to improve the subject’s attitude towards fertility treatment.

Infertility and Pregnancy Loss: Hypnotic Interventions for Reproductive Challenges. Healing from within: The use of hypnosis in women's health care (pp. 191-212)2000. Mikesell, Susan G. (edited by Hornyak, Lynne M. & Green, Joseph P.

This study reports on the use of hypnosis and imagery-based techniques to help women feel more empowered when dealing with miscarriages and infertility. Based on 15 years of experience in this field, the author concludes that hypnosis can really help at three points in the infertility process. First, it can bring a greater acceptance of the diagnosis. Second, it can help the patient cope more easily with infertility treatments. And third, it can help them to deal with any miscarriages.

Psychosocial Stress and Infertility. Human Nature Vol. 5(3) Sept. 1994. 293-306 Wasser, S.

This study notes that physicians tend to rely more on the medical treatments available to help deal with infertility, rather than the more environmentally-friendly psychosocial remedies available. The author then explores the evidence from nature that shows fertility levels drop when mammals are exposed to stress. They then summarize a study that shows psychosocial stress plays a causal role in infertility.

Coping Style and Depression Level Influence Outcome in In Vitro Fertilization. Fertility and Sterility. June 1998. Vol. 69(6):1026-33. Demyttenaere K, Bonte L, Gheldof M, Vervaeke M, Meuleman C, Vanderschuerem D, D'Hooghe T.

This study set out to examine the role that depression plays in the ability of women to get pregnant using In Vitro Fertilization methods. It found that increasing levels of depression, as determined by the expression of negative emotions, was linked with lower rates of pregnancy.

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