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The HypnoFertility programme teaches you how to find that relaxed state which opens the door to conception, whether natural or medically-assisted.

Worry = Negative Self-hypnosis

You've probably gone to considerable lengths to keep your body free of toxins and exposure to harmful elements. Why then, would you allow destructive habits and thought patterns to damage the fragile environment needed to conceive?

Hypnotherapy = Positive Change

Hypnotherapy transforms the fear and frustration you're feeling into a powerful and constructive force. Unlike typical medical treatments, hypnotherapy can benefit both male and female parents-to-be and can be combined with any medical procedure with impressive results.

Unexplained infertility actually means that there is no physiological reason for a woman not to become pregnant. Although women often feel helpless upon learning this condition, it is actually great news. In the absence of a pathological impediment, most women can be helped to achieve fertility by exploring prior programming or emotional blocks.

Negative feelings, left unexpressed or unresolved, hold considerable energy which can block conception. Unexpressed emotions, such as anguish, guilt or shame often felt after an abortion, can create extreme emotional conflict which affects every cell of the body and can cause or compound reproductive problems. Negative self-talk has a direct causative effect on the endocrine (hormonal) system by the direct stimulation of the amygdala, and its interrelationship with the hypothalamus and parts of the brain involved with emotion.

A 1992 study found that women who participated in mind-body therapy experienced a 34% conception rate compared to 20% with IVF alone. Decreased levels of depression, anxiety and anger were also noticed.
Another study showed the efficacy of hypnotherapy as compared to psychoanalysis and behavioural therapy. After 620 sessions of psychoanalysis, 38% of the patients reported recovery from their condition, those receiving behavioural therapy improved in 72% of all cases after 22 sessions, while hypnotherapy produced a 93% success rate after only six sessions.

In an article by Suzy Greaves entitiled Can Hypnosis Make You Pregnant? Dr. Elizabeth Muir, a clinical psychologist working with hypnotherapy for infertility, explained how hypnosis affects the hypothalamus (the neural centre at the base of the brain linked to the pituitary gland) and controls the flow of hormones in the body. The hypothalamus is sensitive to stress and acts as a bridge between the emotional and physical, turning emotional messages into physical responses that affect hormone levels. Muir believes that the psychological issues surrounding pregnancy are not sufficiently addressed for many women with fertility problems.

Two studies by Alice Domar Ph.D. support Muir's theory that unresolved issues about having a baby can be removed with counselling and mind-body techniques such as hypnotherapy.

In the first study published in 1999 in the Journal of American Women's Medical Association, 42% of 132 infertile women in the programme conceived within six months of completing it.

In the second study published in 2000 in the journal Fertility and Sterility, 55% of the previously infertile women in a mind-body programme conceived, compared with 20% of the control group who used no mind-body techniques and who did not attend meetings.

A 2004 Israeli study by Professor Eliahu Levitas showed that hypnosis could double the success rate of IVF the paper was presented in July, 2004 at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Conference in Berlin.

Issues involving sexual abuse or other traumas can diminish overall feelings of safety and cause a woman to live in a state of constant fear. Although the conscious mind resolves to forget or move past the incident, the subconscious mind (the emotional part of the mind) is in conflict because of feelings of betrayal and endangerment. The sympathetic nervous system remains on guard, overriding the body's natural tendency towards balance. As this condition becomes chronic, the parasympathetic nervous system, concerned with conservation of energy and restoration, is unable to fulfil its regenerative duties. Lack of health and vitality, which is the natural result of disharmony between the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system leads to a variety of stress-related symptoms one of which is unexplained infertility.
Once a chronic imbalance of the autonomic nervous system is created, only the regular and consistent practice of relaxation will facilitate the restoration of the parasympathetic nervous system. Hypnotherapy provides an effective means of establishing that restoration and enables women to establish the level of safety essential for reproduction to occur.

Stress and lack of confidence tend to be the top culprits that must be addressed with hypnosis for unexplained infertility.  Many couples have lost faith in the natural process of conception and maintain too strong a conviction in the need for medical assistance. With more and more women in high stress jobs, it's no wonder that conception doesn't always occur immediately.

Hormonal problems can also contribute to conception issues. Restoration of hormonal balance and eventual pregnancy may occur through the utilisation of hypnosis techniques and implementation of positive lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.

Hypnotherapy reduces stress and increases confidence, instilling a sense of control in the client, which in turn enables her to maximise chances of conceiving naturally and/or increase the success of medical assistance.