This guest post is by Russell Davis of the Fertile Mind.
My name is Russell Davis and I want you to know if you are struggling with infertility I understand where you might be right now. My wife and I tried for 10 years to conceive (double infertility) and given you are reading this then I expect you may recognise the pain, grief, anger, hopelessness, and all the other emotions we experienced on our journey. We did finally conceive naturally and have a wonderful son. Having now become a Cognitive Hypnotherapist the one thing I wish I had made more use of is the power of the mind. Looking back I can now see how my thoughts and feelings affected our progress.
As you probably know, reproduction is one of the most delicate systems in our body. Your mind can affect your ability to get pregnant on multiple levels. The hypothalamus in your brain helps regulate hormone levels as well as impacting the pituitary and adrenal responses which produce and regulate the level of stress hormones in your body. Changes to these responses can have dramatic affect on the delicate cocktail of hormones necessary for ovulation, fertilisation, fallopian tube functioning and even successful implantation of the egg.
There is also a growing amount of research on the positive affect hypnosis and mind-body programs can have on fertility. A recent study lead by Alice Domar at Boston IVF studied 100 women undergoing IVF treatment. 52% of the women who completed the mind-body program were successful compared to 20% of the control group.
Another study of 185 woman by Professor Levitas of Soroka Hospital Israel found that 28% of the women who were hypnotised for the embryo transfer during IVF treatment became pregnant, compared to 14% of the women in the control group.
How it can help you
Hypnosis can help you whether trying to conceive naturally or undergoing treatment. It can help you let go of things such as negative beliefs, stress or fear of not ever being fulfilled that could be holding you back from getting pregnant.
There is no denying infertility can be highly stressful. One study has demonstrated that the stress levels in infertile women are equivalent to women suffering from AIDS or cancer. No-one tells them just to relax! Unlike relaxation methods, which can give you periods of respite, hypnotherapy can let go of the underlying causes of your stress, your thinking about your situation.
Hypnotherapy also goes beyond letting go of these negative things which can be impacting your chances of success. Hypnosis can positively utilise the mind-body link and actively guide your unconscious mind to what you want. Again there is research demonstrating how your mind can positively change your biology.
In one such study by the Learner Institute in 2003 a group of volunteers visualised exercising their little finger over a period of 12 weeks. Their muscle strength had improved by 35% and continued improving to 40% four weeks after the study and training had ended – without lifting a finger! I have witnessed remarkable changes such as ovaries that were not responding to traditional treatment start releasing eggs.
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“It helped me to gain perspective and to regain a feeling of calm when I felt my life was completely out of control. It also helped me to start the next IVF cycle with a positive frame of mind that the cycle could actually work and gave me the strength to continue. During the IVF process which was completely out of my control, it helped me to feel that I was able to make a positive contribution to my treatment. It helped me to remain calm and relaxed at very stressful times and also gave me a feeling of empowerment.”
Sarah used The Fertile Mind® with her 4th IVF cycle which was successful.
About Russell Davis
Russell Davis as helped many couples achieve their dream of becoming pregnant using Cognitive Hypnotherapy. Russell is the founder of The Fertile Mind® fertility hypnosis programs and The National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH) Fertility Special Advisor. He is also an Accredited Member of the Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).