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Infertility

What is infertility?

Infertility is usually defined as not being able to get pregnant despite trying for one year.  A wider view of infertility includes not being able to take a pregnancy through to term and have a baby.  Infertility affects about 10% of women or childbearing age.

Is infertility a woman’s problem?
No, it is wrong to believe that infertility is simply a woman’s issue. About one third of infertility cases are due to male factors and one third are due to female factors. The rest are due to either a combination of male and female factors or to unknown causes.
What are the contributing factors to infertility?

  1. Depression – This can actually be caused by infertility itself but if your mood is consistently low then this may be a factor. Hypnofertility will help with this.
  2. Diet – Poor or sub optimal nutrition in men or women may contribute to lowering fertility.
  3. Stress – For a long time now it has been known that high levels of stress in either partner can affect fertility. Again Hypnofertility teaches stress management techniques.
  4.  Emotional blocks to being pregnant – these are subjective factors which we work on in Hypnofertility.

What is the role of stress or depression in infertility?

We know that stress plays a large role in infertility:
It is very important that any depression or stress is actively managed in all cases of non-specific infertility.
These clinical research papers show the importance of this and the radical effects of actively managing stress and or depression.

  •  Women with a history of depressive symptoms reported twice the rate of subsequent infertility (Psychosomatic Medicine, 1995, vol. 57)
  •  Women with depression, when treated showed a 60 percent viable pregnancy rate within six months, contrasting with 24 percent when depression went untreated. (Journal of American Medical Women’s Association, 1999, vol.54)<.li>
  • Women who experienced depression following the failure of their first in vitro fertilization (IVF), had much lower pregnancy rates that their non depressed counterparts during their second IVF cycle (Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 1993, vol. 37)
  •  Women who present with depressive symptoms are half as likely to conceive as non-depressed women.

The research does not stop there. Another study (Fertility Sterility, 1998, vol. 69) suggests that because mind/body programs are effective for reducing negative emotions that may impair IVF success, patients should be offered such a program in conjunction with IVF.
In a 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.