by Della H. Harris
We hear about new medical breakthrough's about fertility every day as our scientific knowledge deepens. We read about discoveries on the pharmaceutical front. Another revolution is taking place with an increased understanding of the link between mind and body. Hypnosis allows you to integrate your mind with your body and can help with your journey to parenthood. Hypnofertility therapists focus on helping women align their desire for a baby with their body's ability to conceive.
Hypnosis is becoming one of the most sought-after approaches in fertility today. It can optimize your natural fertility. It also complements medical procedures. Mind/body sessions have been found to increase pregnancies in couples choosing either a natural or assisted path to parenthood.
If you're undergoing IVF: Research has shown that hypnosis for fertility doubles the success of IVF treatment. Studies at Sorka University in Israel found that 28% of the women in the group that were hypnotized became pregnant compared to 14% of those that were not hypnotized. They doubled their success rate!
If you're seeking natural conception with unexplained infertility: A study by Dr. Alice Domar, published in 2000 in Fertility and Sterility showed that 55% of the previously infertile women who met regularly in a mind/body program conceived compared with 20% of those who didn't participate in a mind/body program or attend meetings.
Talking the talk: Certain language within the getting pregnant community discourages conceiving. Even the diagnosis infertility is negative. When you think fertile, you're reinforcing a positive message to your very literal subconscious.
How about "trying to conceive?" To your subconscious, the word "trying" means you don't have to do it or you are not capable. For example, little kids "try to tie their shoes." They're not really expected to succeed. "Trying to get pregnant" can send a message to a women's subconscious that she isn't able to or expected to get pregnant. Hypnotherapists will encourage her to change language to a more positive term like "I've decided to become pregnant" or "I'm embracing a pregnancy."
Dismissing negativity: Did a family practioner diagnosis you with PCOS in your teens and state you'd probably have a difficult time getting pregnant? Or did your doctor mention that since you're over 35, your pregnancy will be classified as high risk? Hypnosis helps you counter these painted negatives with your own imagery.
Eliminating fear and subconscious blocks: Do needles give you the shivers? Does imitating your mom's or someone else's parenting mistakes worry you? Are you afraid you'll never get pregnant? A therapist can help you reconcile these fears through hypnosis. Many women become pregnant once the fears melt away.
Creating a safe place: Issues involving sexual abuse or other trauma can diminish overall feelings of safety. Although your conscious mind tries to forget and move past the incident, the subconscious mind is in conflict because it feels betrayal and endangerment. Hypnotherapy provides a way for your subconscious to deal with trauma and feel safe enough to allow a pregnancy.
Reducing stress: Medication, tests, shots, appointments, timed intercourse...the stress of fertility tests and treatments can impact your ability to conceive. Self-hypnosis, like meditation, effectively reduces stress and creates an inner calm.
Dr Lyndsi Eastburn, creator of the Hypnofertility™ program says, "I noticed early on that when clients had a sense of their babies they were usually right. Regardless of what any doctor said, I put more stock in my clients' impressions than in their doctors diagnoses. Time and time again my clients' intuitions had proven right, while prognoses of zero percent chance of conception (and such) had been proven wrong before my very eyes."
Could mind/body science help you in your journey to parenthood? A growing group of moms and their babies say, "Yes!" What do you think? Tell us in the comments!
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