Infertility is the inability to reproduce by natural means.
If statistics are to be believed approximately 8-10% of couples around the world today experience infertility. Source: World Health Organisation (WHO)
In the UK, around one in seven couples have difficulty conceiving. This is approximately 3.5 million people.
So what causes infertility?
There are many potential causes of infertility, and fertility problems can affect either the man or the woman. However, it is not always possible to identify the cause.
Common causes of infertility in women include lack of regular ovulation (the monthly release of an egg), blockage of the fallopian tubes and endometriosis.
However, for 25% of couples, the cause is unexplained. In men, the most common cause is poor quality of semen (the fluid containing sperm that is ejaculated during sex).
IVF is one of the most popular methods when trying to conceive. IVF is the process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish, and then transferring the embryo to the uterus.
IVF is not only an option for infertility, but also for same-sex couples wishing to conceive.
IUI is a process whereby the donor sperm is inserted directly into the uterus at the most fertile point of a woman’s natural cycle.
How can Hypnotherapy help?
Applications of hypnosis for IVF and fertility are wide-ranging but here are 4 main applications:
• Clients can be taught how to achieve a deep state of relaxation which will help reduce levels of stress often associated with trying to conceive.
• Hypnotherapy can be used to ensure clients have access to the skills and inner resources needed to cope better and handle an unsuccessful outcome more easily.
• It can be used to help people prepare mentally, emotionally and physically for IVF. This preparation can range from positive lifestyle changes, changing limiting beliefs to eliminating a needle phobia.
• Hypnosis has been shown to help increase the chances of a successful outcome.
According to a study presented to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Berlin in July of 2004: hypnosis can effectively double the success of IVF treatments. The study was conducted by Professor Eliahu Levitas and his team at Soroka Hospital in Israel to determine if hypnosis could improve the success of the embryo transfers stage of IVF. The study of 185 woman found that 28% of the women who were hypnotized for the IVF treatment became pregnant, compared to 14% of the women in the control group. (Levitas, 2006) Professor Levitas studied the effects of hypnosis for the IVF treatment and embryo transfer only, because prior studies that demonstrated the stress of the procedure created small contractions of the uterus that prevented the successful implantation of the fertilized egg. The professor indicated that tranquilizers had been used in prior studies, but nothing worked as well as hypnosis. “Performing embryo transfer under hypnosis may significantly contribute to an increased clinical pregnancy rate,” Professor Levitas told the conference in Berlin.
In short, hypnotherapy will aid relaxation, help to change negative beliefs and feelings and release emotional blocks.
Gail Marra D.Hyp MNCH (Acc) LAPHP is a GHR registered Clinical Hypnotherapist accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy, Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors and the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council
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