Cognitive Hypnotherapists have long believed in the importance of the mind body link, so is it a surprise to stumble on so much information and studies that suggest that Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis can be beneficial in cases of unexplained infertility.
The consensus is that stress interferes with and undermines the body`s reproductive & self regulating immune functions, and that relieving stress greatly enhances fertility and general wellbeing.
1) The Journal of the American Medical Women`s Association and Fertility and Sterility studies have indicated that “infertile” women participating in mind/body therapy experienced a 42% – 55% conception rate as compared to a 20% rate in the control group who used no mind/body techniques.
2) Self-hypnosis can strengthen the immune system according to a study by John Gruzelier, Professor of Psychology at Imperial College School of Medicine.
3) A Study undertaken in 1992 found that women who utilised mind/body techniques experienced decreased levels of depression, anxiety and anger. Women with a history of depressive symptoms were twice as likely to suffer subsequent infertility (Psychosomatic Medicine, 1995 vol. 57). Within 6 months of receiving hypnotherapy treatment, women with depression showed a 60% viable pregnancy rate as compared to just 24% in women who underwent no mind/body treatment. (Journal of American Medical Women`s Association, 199 vol. 54).
4) Professor Eliahu Levitas found that hypnosis can double the success rate of IVF. His findings were presented to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Conference in 2004. Although encouraging these results suggest further studies and funding would be helpful.
5) In 1999, Alice Dormar PhD conducted a study to show how efffective mind/body techniques were in removing unresolved issues surrounding pregnancy. In 1999, 42% of 132 infertile women participating in the mind/body program conceived within 6 months of completing it.
6) In his book, The Psychobiology of Gene Expressions, Dr. Ernest L. Rossi suggests that hypnotic-type suggestions can activate specific genes involved with fertility and conception, including the IL-1, c-fos, and the CYP17 in a specific order.
7) Dr. Christine Northrup, Obstetrics & Gynecology specialist, University of Vermont wrote: “Regardless of what you’ve been told about your fertility, you need to know that your ability to conceive is profoundly influenced by the complex interaction among psychosocial, psychological, and emotional factors, and that you can consciously work with this to enhance your ability to have a baby.”
The conclusion I would suggest, is that while more research is needed on this and other areas perhaps we can now feel optimistic that the mind body connection can be influenced to help using hypnotherapy.
If you would like to discsuss how Hypnotherpay & Hypnosis can affect those factors that affect fertility & the natural workings of your immune system, then please feel free to call to arrange a 15 minute no obligation telephone consultation : Call Patrick Lilley now 07931424905