Fertility

Hello my name is Mamood and I am an experienced and qualified UKCP Clinical Hypnotherapist, Hypno-Psychotherapist, Psychotherapist and member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I have particular experience in the application of Hypno-Psychotherapy for Fertility issues.

++ Did you know Hypnosis increases chance of Natural Conception by 110% (See studies below) ++

Hypnosis, psychotherapy and fertility

Once a couple/woman decides to try for a baby, all too soon as the months pass it can become all encompassing, all consuming, often obsessive. You can find it difficult to focus on other aspects of your life. If month after month it continues not to happen-both of you can experience feeling detached and isolated from the world, a profound sense of sadness, scared of ‘what this might mean’. It is all about time-time seems to be running out. The uncomfortable reality is that there is a window of opportunity-a limited optimum fertile period in our lives.

As a hypno-psychotherapist, how can you help?

The mind has enormous power over the body, which is constantly influenced by our emotions, thoughts and beliefs.  There are many factors responsible for infertility, and our emotions can affect the delicately balanced hormonal system, which in turn controls ovulation, sperm production and pregnancy.

There is a wealth of research showing that hormone levels, ovulation and other reproductive factors may well be affected by what is going on in your mind. By consulting a specialist hypno-psychotherapist you can increase/maximise the chances of conception and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

As that clock is ticking, as a client you may be consulting me as an alternative to medical fertility interventions-to increase your chances of conceiving naturally or using hypnosis alongside medical treatments such as drug therapy or IVF.

As these treatments are not contraindicated with hypno-psychotherapy, maximum chance in conceiving is in taking advantage of all. One (body) without the other (mind) can be ineffective.

To aid natural conception, hypnotherapy is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress and increase feelings of calmness and relaxation. Hypnosis can also help to restore confidence in yourself and your body. Being in a state of hypnosis can be useful as a means to resolve any issues around managing stress or unconscious blocks that may be affecting your ability to conceive and become a parent.

How do you work with fertility clients?

The focus of my work tends to not just about hopefully getting pregnant, but also about helping my male AND female client to re-establish control over their lives. It may be dealing with the emotional toll of the experience of infertility.

The goals for therapy are adapted to you as an individual, but may include:

  • Pursuing fertility treatment without feeling as if your life and body have been taken over
  • Reduce stress so enhancing chance of conceiving either naturally or with ART
  • Assist you in recognising that you have a life outside of infertility
  • Regain a sense of control over your life
  • Develop communication channels with your partner so that you focus on making decisions that are best for both of you

The impact of male infertility

It is statistically as likely that infertility will be due to a male issue as a female issue. If infertility is due to a male issue-male ideology can be challenged. This can create an emotional state of crisis-a man can often feel isolated, depressed, angry, have feelings of inadequacy-even impotence can result. Up to 25% of couples experience problems with sex when the male partner’s infertility is identified. All too often the psychological impact of infertility in men can be belittled or ignored. As a hypno-psychotherapist I can help deal with the emotional impact of infertility, whether male or female in origin. Talking to a stranger with an objective viewpoint and no agenda can be immensely liberating.

Whether you are ready to book a free first session or have any questions you can contact me here. I offer value for money Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (£40 per session) but rest assured this does not mean less experience, qualifications or service levels.

 
What does the research say about the benefits of hypnosis and psychotherapy with fertility?

  • Hypnosis increases chance of Natural Conception by 110%

Infertile women utilizing mind/body techniques such as hypnosis have a 42 – 55% conception rate as compared to 20% with in vitro fertilization (IVF). The Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association 1999 and The Journal of Fertility and Sterility 2000. (Studies conducted by Alice Domar, PhD, director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Behavioural Medicine Program for Infertility in Boston)

  • Hypnosis and natural conception

Hypnosis based on imagery and a relaxation strategy was successful in facilitating pregnancy. The treatment was considered to have resulted in beneficial modification of attitude, optimism, and mind-body interaction. The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. (Volume 38, Issue 1, 1995, 22-26): Hypnosis in the Treatment of Functional Infertility.

  • The positive impact of mind/body interventions

In recent studies Journal of the American Medical Women’s (1999) & Journal Fertility and Sterility (2000) conducted at Harvard Medical School, 185 women who had been trying to conceive for one to two years were randomized into either a ten 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 – 55%, support group 54%, and controls 20%.

In addition, the mind/body patients reported significantly greater psychological improvements than the support or control patients. In four other published studies on several hundred women with average 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. Domar, A., Clapp, D., Slawsby, E., Dusek, J., Kessel, B., Freizinger, M (2000) Impact of group psychological interventions on pregnancy rates in infertile women. Fertility and Sterility Vol. 73, no.4 April

  • Hypnosis Doubles IVF rate

According to a Israeli study presented to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Berlin in July of 2004, hypnosis can effectively double the success of IVF treatments. The study was conducted by Professor Eliahu Levitas and his team at Soroka Hospital in Beersheva to determine if hypnosis could improve the success of the embryo transfers stage of IVF.

The study of 185 woman found that 28% of the women who were hypnotized for the IVF treatment became pregnant, compared to 14% of the women in the control group. Professor Levitas studied the effects of hypnosis for the IVF treatment and embryo transfer only, because prior studies that demonstrated the stress of the procedure created small contractions of the uterus that prevented the successful implantation of the fertilized egg.

The professor indicated that tranquilizers had been used in prior studies, but nothing worked as well as hypnosis. “Performing embryo transfer under hypnosis may significantly contribute to an increased clinical pregnancy rate,” Professor Levitas told the conference in Berlin. He also hopes that this study will spark continued investigation into the use of hypnosis as an adjunct to fertility treatments. “The bottom line is I think it’s a good thing, it will work. Patients should be given the option if facilities are available”.

  • IVF patients should be offered hypnosis

As 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. Fertility and Sterility Journal.1998, vol. 69.

  • Hypnosis beneficial to IVF procedures

Hypnosis as an adjunct to IVF procedures could be beneficial to those who are unable to conceive naturally. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. (Vol. 31, No. 2, 2003, 121-127): Recipe for a Miracle: Determination, Optimism, Medical Technology, and Hypnosis in IVF

  • From Depression to Viable Pregnancy

Women with depression, when treated showed a 60% viable pregnancy rate within six months, contrasting with 24% when depression went untreated. Journal of American Medical Women’s Association, 1999, vol. 54