The Stress Cycle
stress can reduce fertility...
reduced fertility can increase stress levels…
this results in a feedback loop called The Stress Cycle.
The Mind-Body Connection
words create thoughts...
thoughts create feelings...
feelings affect hormones and all body functions.
Break the Stress Cycle and create a Relaxation Response — the mind-body connection that is your powerful tool for success.
Serene & Peaceful Conception
Utilizing the Relaxation Response is an ideal adjunct to your medical team’s reproductive strategies.
Feel calm and comfort during procedures and let your fertility medications work for you even more effectively.
Double Your IVF Success Rate
Research shows that hypnosis is safe and is associated with increased IVF success...twice that of control groups!
Shawn is a HypnoFertility (R) Practitioner with years of experience helping women and their partners improve the success rates for natural pregnancies, IUI, IVF and donor egg procedures, resulting in healthy, happy babies and proud parents.
Interested in hypnosis recordings to aid fertility?
Natural Fertility is designed to go to sleep to at night. Research shows that relaxing on a regular basis improves hormone balance and fertility.
This 30 minute recording is the easiest thing you can do - sleeping and "working" at the same time!
Enhancing Fertility Clinic Procedures is a 30 minute recording that is ideally used regularly in the weeks prior to a medical procedure for fertility.
Both recordings are composed of positive hypnosis suggestions and music; mp3s are $12.50 each.
Personalized recordings on mp3 can be created that have the suggestions that suit your specific situation.
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or by email: shawn (at) childbirthjoy (dot) com
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Hypnosis may boost in vitro fertilization success
Tuesday, 23 May 2006
Women who are hypnotized before undergoing the transfer of an embryo created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be more likely to become pregnant, Israeli researchers report.
Dr. Eliahu Levitas of Soroka University Medical Center in Beer Sheva and colleagues found that nearly 60 percent of a group of women who were hypnotized during the procedure became pregnant, versus about 30 percent of a group of women who weren't hypnotized.
Many infertility experts see the transfer of an embryo to a woman's uterus as a key event that determines whether IVF will succeed, the researchers report in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Women may be stressed during embryo transfer from fears that the treatment will fail, they explain, or that the transfer will be painful.
Hypnosis has been shown to be helpful in reducing patients' stress during many types of surgical procedures and can also reduce pain during and after surgery. To investigate if this technique might help IVF patients, the researchers assigned 89 couples that underwent 98 treatment cycles to hypnosis, and compared the outcome to that of 96 couples who underwent 96 cycles and were not hypnotized.
Women in the hypnosis group met with a physician certified in hypnosis, who asked them to select a "very pleasant" past experience to think of during embryo transfer. Patients were hypnotized before the transfer, and told to compare the procedure "with the reception of long-awaited and very welcome guests." After the woman was in a trance state for about 10 minutes, the doctors began the transfer. When the procedure was finished, before patients were taken out of the hypnotized state, they were given instructions intended to help them feel calm, relaxed and optimistic.
In the hypnosis group, 52 pregnancies occurred, for a pregnancy rate of 58.4 percent per patient and 53 percent per cycle. In the regular-procedure group, there were 29 pregnancies, for a per patient and per cycle pregnancy rate of 30.2 percent.
Levitas and his colleagues hypothesize that hypnosis helped a woman's uterus to remain relaxed, allowing the embryo to implant more easily. It is also possible, they say, that hypnosis produced changes in immune or hormonal uterine function resulting in "an improvement in the interaction between the blastocyst and the endometrium," or the lining of the uterus.
While the researchers attempted to make the hypnosis and non-hypnosis groups as similar as possible, the group that did not receive hypnosis had, on average, been infertile for a longer period. Levitas and his team performed statistical analysis to account for this, and found that hypnosis remained the key factor in pregnancy success. They call for additional studies to confirm these findings.
SOURCE: Fertility and Sterility, May 2006.
Stress Reduction May Improve IVF Success Rate
Monday, 19 October 2009
A new study by doctors in Massachusetts finds that relaxation and stress management may actually work to help some women become pregnant.
Women hoping to get pregnant have long been told to relax and stop worrying about it, but not all obstetricians and gynecologists agreed with that advice.
But the latest research, presented Monday at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's 65th Annual Meeting, suggests the idea may actually have merit.
Alice Domar, who runs a fertility center in Boston and works at the Harvard Medical School, found that women who participated in a stress management program prior to or during their second in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle had a 160 percent greater pregnancy rate than those who did not take part in a program.
The research showed a pregnancy rate of 52 percent among women who participated in the program, versus a 20 percent pregnancy rate for those who did not.
The 10-session stress management program focused on educating women on the utilization of cognitive, relaxation and lifestyle techniques to manage stress.
The program had an even greater impact on pregnancy rates for women with higher baselines symptoms of depression at the beginning of the study. For those women, pregnancy rates spiked to 67 percent among those who took part in the stress reduction program, compared with no pregnancies for those that did not.
"Reproductive health experts have long wondered about the impact that stress may have on fertility, thus impeding a woman's ability to conceive," says Alice Domar, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF and assistant professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School.
"This study shows that stress management may improve pregnancy rates, minimizing the stress of fertility management itself, improving the success rates of IVF procedures, and ultimately, helping to alleviate the emotional burden for women who are facing challenges trying to conceive."
Domar and her colleagues randomly assigned 97 patients at the clinic to participate in the 10-session stress reduction program while undergoing IVF treatments.
The program had no effect on the number of women who conceived during the first attempt, with 43 percent of the women becoming pregnant, Domar said.
However, for those who failed to become pregnant the first time and were making a second attempt, 52 percent of the program participants became pregnant, compared with just 20 percent of those who did not take part in the program.
"It's clear based on this carefully designed study, that a holistic approach to infertility care leads to better outcomes for patients," Reuters quoted Dr. R. Dale McClure, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, as saying.
The study was a collaboration of Dr. Domar and Janet Nikolovski, PhD, Manager, R&D, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., which funded the study.
"With stress increasing over the last decade and being associated with health concerns, we are committed to advancing clinical research on stress. The goal is to provide solutions that reduce stress and its emotional and physical impact on women so that they can lead happier and healthier lives," said Janet Nikolovski, R&D manager of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.
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