Hypnosis for Conception

Research has shown that fertilityconception can be affected by mind-body therapies such as hypnosis. Dr. Ernest Rossi, who specialises in psychobiology, the relationship between mind and psychical body states, has done extensive research which suggest that human genes must be in a state of readiness for conception to take place, and that hypnotic type suggestions can activate specific genes.

In her research Dr Elizabeth Muir a clinical psychologist based in London conducted a ground breaking study where she focused on the mind-body connection- using mostly hypnotherapy and psychotherapy-with women who had unexplained infertility. The results of her research showed that, after completing Dr. Muirs programme, 45% of women with unexplained infertility were able to conceive and carry the pregnancy full term. Dr Muir speaking on the issue of infertility said ” Hypnotherapy is particularly successful in the area of fertility it enables us to access sub-conscious issues, which might be related to fertility. Very often an individual is not aware of those issues. With the skilled use of hypnotherapy a subject is helped to elicit her own individual ability to resolve her specific issues of fertility.”[11]Dr Muirs research has become worldwide. Since her landmark study, hypnotherapy has become an important tool used to identify and process roadblocks and fears that may be preventing fertility.

Recent research indicates that psychological distress may impair fertility and that depressive symptoms may reduce the efficiency of infertility treatment. Several studies conducted within the past three years support the theory that psychological distress can have a significant adverse impact on success rates in vitro fertilization (IVF). In one of the studies, women with depressive symptoms were half as likely to conceive as women who were not depressed, and in the most recent study of 151 women scheduled to undergo an IVF cycle the chance of a live birth was 93 percent higher in women with the highest positive-affect score. Researchers have concluded that the success rates of high-tech infertility treatment can be adversely affected by psychological stress.

Mind/body treatment of infertility patients has shown, to both increase pregnancy rates as well as reducing psychological distress. In a recent study conducted at the Mind-body Medical Institute (MBMI), 185 women who had been trying to conceive for one to two years were randomized into either a 10 week mind/body group, a ten week support group, or a routine care control group. The birth rates during the one year follow up period were as follows: – Mind/body 55%, support 54%, and controls 20%. In addition the mind/body patients reported significantly greater psychological improvements than the support or control patients. Patients in the clinical Mind/Body Program for Infertility show benefits as well; in four published studies on several hundred women with an infertility duration of 3.5 years, 42 percent conceived within six months of completing the program and there were significant decreases in all measured psychological symptoms including depression, anxiety and anger.

Stress can have a big effect on fertility. Stress hormones affect the hypothalamus and pituitary glands and reproductive organs. In women under stress, the reproductive hormone prolactin is over-produced and this can interfere with ovulation. The hypothalamus stops secreting gonadotrophin hormone, which in turn will affect the release of both the luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone. As these hormones stimulate ovulation – fertility is affected.[14]Reproduction is one of our most delicately balanced biological systems. Psychological stress can affect our ability to get pregnant on multiple levels, including inhibition of the hypothalamus that helps regulate hormonal levels, or over activation of the hypothalamus which can change the pituitary and adrenal responses. Since the pituitary regulates both how much of a hormone is made and how much is released in the body, its alteration can have dramatic effects on the hormonal balance necessary for ovulation, fertilization, tubal functioning or even successful implantation of the egg once it reaches the womb.

The neurochemical barrage that is associated with the “fight or flight” response in all human bodies, and which can be triggered by a threat to self-esteem or dignity, translates in the body as contraction of the muscles, an acceleration of the cardiovascular system, and the release of “emergency” hormones throughout the body. The body is on alarm, energy is directed toward the areas needed for actual “fight” or “flight” such as the arms and legs, and away from areas the brain considers less important. Unfortunately, the reproductive system is the most expendable. Once a chronic imbalance of the autonomic nervous system is created, only the regular and consistent practice of relaxation will facilitate the restoration of the parasympathetic nervous system. Hypnotherapy provides an effective means of establishing that restoration and enables women to establish the level of safety essential for reproduction to occur.

Click here to read an extremely well performed study that showed major improvements in fertility rates among couples who used hypnotherapy.

There is a mounting body of evidence that by working with a skilled hypnotherapist, couples can significantly increase their chance of conception by helping the mind and brain optimize the conditions in the body.

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