Hypnotherapy for Fertility
A very real concern for a lot of people is the inability to conceive a baby. The words “infertility” or “unexplained infertility” are now unfortunately very commonly used. Over the past years there has been a dramatic increase in the use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) such as IVF. It is now said that a staggering 1 in 20 babies born in Australia are a result of IVF, with around 40,000 cycles of IVF beginning each year. The ever increasing cost of ART both physically and emotionally is not something to be taken lightly. Despite the progress that has been made in the medical treatment of “infertility” the success rate of those who undergo high-tech procedures is still only around 25%.
What has Happened?
How has conception, which is a natural, normal event for healthy men and women been transformed from something that “just happened” to an event that is thwart with hurdles and medical intervention?
It’s important to understand that conception is a mind/body process, and that the state of a person’s mind can affect their chances of conceiving the baby that they so much desire.
Stress and a lack of confidence tend to be the biggest factors that cause this mind/body connection to go astray. The affects of stress can wreak havoc on a woman’s menstrual cycle, and consequently, her fertility. It has been estimated that 5% of all women at any given time have stopped menstruating because of stress. Many others have irregular periods. Even if your menstrual cycle is always consistent, stress can still have detrimental effects. Cortisol and other hormones can prevent the implantation of fertilised eggs.
Men don’t get away with it either. A stressed man can reduce sperm count or the quality of their sperm. With more and more women in highly demanding and stressful jobs, it’s little wonder that sometimes conception does not take place immediately.
Many couples have simply lost faith in the natural process of conception and are sure that medical assistance is the answer for them. While sometimes there are true physiological reasons for infertility, the mind/body connection is often overlooked—especially when it comes to “unexplained infertility”.
To boost the success rate of ART or have the very best chance of conception, people are now utilising complementary treatments such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicine, chiropractic and mind/body approaches.
One of the most powerful of these is hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis goes beyond simple guided imagery, and not only increases the odds of conception but also enhances overall health and wellbeing. Using hypnotherapy with fertility is fast becoming recognised as a successful way of increasing the rate of conception. Studies have shown that 55% of previously “infertile” women conceived after regularly utilising mind/body techniques. This was compared to only 20% of women who did not (Fertility and Sterility Journal, 2000).
What are the Benefits?
Some of the benefits that you will receive during the following sessions are:
- Learning how life’s experiences have shaped your beliefs and thoughts about your body, conception, pregnancy, birth and much more.
- Discovering how to change your beliefs so that those beliefs change your body and its ability to conceive.
- Clearing out negative emotions and releasing fears surrounding falling pregnant.
- Healing a previous loss.
- Mentally and physically preparing your body for carrying a child, so that when you do conceive it is ready to complete the job.
- Building self confidence and self-esteem.
Undoubtedly the goal of the consultations is for you to become pregnant, but people have found that in addition the skills learnt are life skills that benefit you in other areas of your life. They are skills that you can call upon when you need them to make sure that you approach all aspects of life with optimism.