Are you interested in scientific research on the effectiveness of hypnosis and stress management when it comes to fertility, pregnancy and birth? Below aresome examples:
Dr. Gayle Peterson has developed a technique called Body-Centered Hypnosis. Dr. Peterson has found that high anxiety states in the mother must be reduced in order to normalize pregnancy and birth. She sites several research studies that suggest a positive link between fertility and treatments based on hypnosis. She is a pioneer in the field of mind/body states and their effects on fertility, pregnancy and birthing. To read more about Dr. Peterson and her work click here: “Body-Centered Hypnosis”
Professor Levitas conducted this study with 185 women. The results of this study were presented in July 2004 the “European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Berlin”.
Results from other reputable studies show the effectiveness of hypnotherapy compared to other forms of therapy as a tool for unexplained infertility:
- Psychoanalysis: 38% of the clients reported improvement after 600 sessions.
- Behavior therapy: 72% of clients reported the improvement after 22 sessions
- Hypnotherapy: 93% of clients reported success after only 6 sessions!
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While hypnosis has had a demonstrated value in the management of numerous organic and psychogenic problems, a review of the literature reveals few references to hypnosis treatment of functional infertility, and these references tend to be limited in the variety of strategies employed. Two cases illustrate successful use of hypnosis and imagery in facilitating pregnancy in women for whom prior medical diagnostic procedures had revealed no somatic factors preventing conception. Also, the women did not show indications of interpersonal conflict in their relationship or personal psychological problems. The hypnosis and imagery treatment was considered to have resulted in beneficial modification of attitude, optimism, and mind–body interaction.
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Alice D. Domar, Ph.D.- The Mind Body Centre for Women’s Health at Boston IVF
“In a recent study conducted at the 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 group 55%,
- Support group 54%, and
- Control group 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.
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.”
Hypnosis is well know for its positive effect in reducing stress!
Would you like to read more? Research The Relationship Between Stress and Infertility