Girlfriend’s Survival Guide: The Mind/Body Connection
As a former infertility patient, I have seen so many positive changes for infertility patients over the past 5 years. One of the biggest changes that I have noticed is the availability of complementary services that support patients in line with their medical treatment, namely mind/body programs. Some infertility clinic’s even offer these programs as part of their services, which is totally amazing to me. My mission has always been to simplify infertility because as a patient I always felt like the process was a bit disjointed between my treatment and my overall health. This is why I asked some of mind/body professionals from the Infertility Survival Kit to contribute to The Girlfriend’s Survival Guide to Simplify Infertility eBook collection including Russell from the Fertile Mind.
Mind-body link: 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.
Research: 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 and other mind-body approaches go 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 starting to ovulate.
Girlfriend’s Survival Guide to Simplify Infertility eBook collection includes several eBooks and bonus content worth over $100 for just $19
- Surviving Infertility: Month to Month Guide – Lisa Drouillard with Guest Writer, Fran Meadows & Many Contributors ($19)
- The Truth Behind the Secret Infertility – Fran Meadows ($10.95)
- The Modern Girl’s Guide to Natural Fertility – Marni Hotchkiss ($15)
- Infertility Road to Hell and Back – Azelene Williams (18.95)
- Annual Premium Membership to My Hopeful Journey’s fertility organizer & Quick Start Guide ($60)
Exclusive Bonus Content:
- Infertility Summer Reading List Compilation eBook
- Infertility Insights – Voices Shared, Lessons Learned
- Three Simple Steps to Setting Boundaries with Your Fertile Friends Guide – Renee Wagenner
- Three Strategies for Taking Charge of Your Fertility – Russell Davis
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More about the eBook Collection: Girlfriend’s Survival Guide to Simplify Infertility
Your Fertile Mind
Russell Davis is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist providing mind-body support to couples on their fertility journey. He believes you can find a sense of peace and control over your fertility. Whether natural or assisted conception, Russell has helped hundreds of couples all over the world move from despair to hope to success. He and his wife tried for 10 years to conceive and recognises the pain, grief, anger, hopelessness, and all the other emotions experienced on the path to parenthood. Russell ‘s personal and clinical experience echo’s his belief that too many couples go through treatment unnecessarily and that the success rate of treatment is unnecessarily low because the mind and emotions are not considered and supported.