Fertility Issues

For  most people fertility isn’t an issue and having a child is an easy  thing. For others, infertility can challenge how you feel about  yourself, your relationship and your life. Infertility occurs in about  7.3 million women and their partners in the United States (Source:  National Survey of Family Growth, CDC 2002). Infertility can be  associated issues with the male partner (about 35%) the female partner  (about 35%), both partners (about 13%) and finally due to unexplained  causes (about 10%).   Going through the process of fertility  treatment, whether utilizing medical, complementary or a combination of  approaches requires an individual to be diligent about maintaining their  health in mind and body as the process can be exhausting.   As I  went through my personal journey of coping with infertility I found the  most challenging thing was to find balance in my life and to maintain a  sense of control and calmness. The amount of information and types of  treatments that are available can be overwhelming and daunting. I  received consultation from many people, including professionals and  supportive non-professionals, but in the end, I found that my husband  and I had to decide what was best for us.   Thus, my goal in  working with individuals who are struggling with issues of fertility is  to teach you the skills to find your balance so that you can make the  best choices for you and your family. Also, my goal is to help you  maintain a sense of strength and personal well-being while coping with  the difficulties and challenges along the way.

Fertility Hypnosis

Hypnosis  for fertility can help to lower stress, relieve anxiety, lift  depression, increase a sense of control and help reestablish homeostasis  between mind and body. Overall, it is an effective coping tool for  allowing conception to occur whether through natural means or medically  assisted methods.   Stress has been found to be a major  contributor to long-term fertility issues. Overtime, the neurochemical  changes that occur in the body as a result of the frustrations and  difficulties with getting pregnant can result in increased difficulty in  getting pregnant. Breaking this stress cycle is one way to allow  pregnancy to occur.   Recent research has shown hypnosis to be  effective in supporting IVF treatment. Researchers found that the rates  of implantation and clinical pregnancy rates increased with the use of  hypnosis (Fertility and Sterility May 2006. Vol. 85, Issue 5, Pages  1404-1408). In addition, Dr. Alice Domar from the Mind Body Behavioural  Medicine Fertility Program at Harvard reports that “Infertile women  report elevated levels of psychological distress and this distress may  reduce their chances of conceiving. Mind/body treatment has been shown  to be effective in both significantly increasing pregnancy rates as well  as reducing psychological stress”  (http://www.conceivethepossibility.com/research/). Hypnosis is an  effective tool for addressing the psychological components that are  affecting the functioning of the body.

Value of Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis

  • Benefits of Clinical Hypnosis
    • Reduce stress and anxiety, lift depression, and increase a sense of control
    • Rebalance  and calm hormones associated with the “flight or fight” emergency  response and increase the relaxation response during difficult  procedures
    • A Hypnotic protocol is designed to be used at each stage of your cycle and throughout IVF procedures.
  • With Cognitive Behavioral techniques you will learn to understand ways to reduce stress and anxiety by changing your thoughts.
  • Going  through this process can be lonely and isolating. Receiving supportive  help from a professional who understands and cares can reduce worry and  anxiety.


Resolve: The National Infertilty Association:  www.Resolve.orgAmerican 

Society for Reproductive Medicine:  www.ASRM.org

Books that discuss the use of hypnosis in the treatment of infertility 

Eastburn, Lynn (2006). 

It’s Conceivable! 

Trafford Publishing: Victoria, BC, Canada.   Hornyak, Lynne M. & Green, Joseph P. (2000) (Eds.). 

Healing from within: The use of hypnosis in women’s health care

Washington, D.C.: APA Press.   Leclaire O’Neill, Michelle (2000). 

Hypnofertility: The Leclaire Method

Papyrus Press: Pacific Palisades, CA.