For many couples, undergoing IVF can be a stressful and emotional time. Maintaining a clear calm state of mind will help improve your health, outlook and your chances of a successful pregnancy.
The relationship between stress and infertility is complex, however the benefits of relaxation are now becoming more widely accepted. A 2011 study showed that women who participate in a mind-body program for stress reduction while undergoing IVF treatments had a significantly higher pregnancy rate than those who do not (52% versus 20%).
Other studies have found the use of hypnosis can increase the success of implantation as the couple’s attitude to treatment was more favourable.
When it comes to men, stress can of course affect semen quality and quantity. A 2010 study  found “stressful life events may be associated with decreased semen quality in fertile men”.
The connection between stress and decreased fertility is thought to be directly related to our biological evolution; as the mind-body knows that in situations of extreme tension and when times are tough, it is not the ideal time or circumstance to make a baby.
Stress reduction with Hypnotherapy
So how do you reduce your stress levels?
You have probably heard that meditation and relaxation can help you de-stress and unwind. What is less well known is that hypnotherapy and hypnosis also helps you achieve those same benefits. Regularly being in a relaxed state creates physiological changes that reduce stress, a major benefit while undertaking fertility treatments to ensure you keep your body open and receptive to a possible pregnancy.
When we enter a hypnotic state the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, giving rise to the relaxation response. The physiological changes that reduce stress include a lowering of blood pressure, a decrease in heart rate and reduced production of stress hormones.
Hypnotherapy and relaxation also stimulate the pineal gland, which in turn stimulates the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland predominantly regulates female reproductive hormones such as FSH, oestrogen, progesterone, and oxytocin in labour.
Undergoing hypnosis in conjunction with fertility treatments can help you feel more relaxed, which will assist you in feeling more calm and positive about your chances of a successful pregnancy.
Reduce your stress now
In reality most of use could use less stress in our lives, but when it comes to conception and IVF, if you are seeking some natural solutions to support the process, reduce your stress and enhance your fertility, we can help.
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 Impact of a group mind/body intervention on pregnancy rates in IVF patients. Published: Fertility and Sterility Journal. Volume 95, Issue 7 , Pages 2269-2273, June 2011
 Impact of hypnosis during embryo transfer on the outcome of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer: a case-control study. Published: Fertility and Sterility Journal. Volume 85, Issue 5 , Pages 1404-1408, May 2006.
 Semen quality in fertile men in relation to psychosocial stress. Published in Fertility and Sterility Volume 93, Issue 4 , 1 March 2010.