Women's Health Hypnotherapy
Specialising in Infertility
Hypnotherapy and/or Emotional Freedom Technique Can Help You By:
Reducing the impact of stress both emotionally and physically and thereby enhancing the chance of conception.
Helping you to regain a sense of control of your life.
Prepare for and support through IVF (assisted conception cycles)
Releasing underlying issues, blocks or worries that may be impacting on your fertility.
Encouraging communication and/or addressing any factors causing further stress between you as a couple.
Addressing any areas of guilt, grief or fear
Creating and focusing on positive outcomes, and preparation for Birth (Hypnobirthing).
A study conducted at Soraka University in Israel, found that hypnosis for fertility actually doubled the success of IVF treatment. Of those in the study group, 28% of the women who were hypnotised conceived, compared to 14% who were not hypnotised.
There is indeed clinical proof that hypnotherapy can assist women with infertility by helping them deal with the negative and harmful effects of stress and anxiety.
IVF / In Vitro Fertilisation
If you’re going through IVF, hypnotherapy can help you to achieve a deep level of relaxation that could significantly reduce your stress levels. Hypnosis for IVF and fertility treatment can help you to prepare mentally, physically and emotionally. It can assist you in making lifestyle changes or eliminating any fears you may have. It will also help reduce anxiety about miscarriage, and how to cope better with any unsuccessful outcome. Research has shown that being relaxed during medical procedures can improve success rates. Feeling depressed before IVF has been linked to lower success rates also. Hypnosis can help you feel more positive about the procedure and the outcome.
4 Ways Hypnotherapy can help you manage endometriosis
Carole explains how a mind/body approach to Endometriosis can ease the symptoms and help you to manage any emotional issues.
The word endometriosis comes from the endometrium, which is a lining of tissue inside the uterus. This tissue thickens during menstruation. When somebody has endometriosis the cells that make up the endometrium will in fact begin to grow and form in other parts of the body, often not far from the uterus, for example the fallopian tubes or pelvis. However, for some women, it can grow even in the lungs or other parts of the body.
Causes of endometriosis
It is unclear what the causes of endometriosis are. It is possible that it is genetic or even due to scarring after surgery. Another possible cause is changes in hormone levels. Also considered are psycho-social reasons, such as stress or even that childhood trauma or neglect could be a factor, increasing the likelihood of endometriosis as an adult.
As yet, there is no cure for endometriosis but there are many options available to help you minimise the symptoms.
1. Pain Relief
The symptoms of endometriosis often involve chronic pain: painful periods, painful bowel movements, painful sex, pelvic pain, bladder pain, back pain and pain with exercise. Living with pain can be debilitating, taking its toll, not only on your mind and body, but on every other area of your life. Hypnotherapy can help you take back control.
Not only will hypnotherapy teach you to elicit the relaxation response, known for its healing benefits, it has long been known for its anaesthetic potential, often used in surgery and other medical settings.
Pain is the body’s way of alerting us to a problem. If we get to close to a flame, pain signals us to retreat. When we experience painful symptoms, it drives us to seek medical help. In cases of chronic pain, however, when we are already doing all we can to support the body, the pain message is no longer required and can be ‘turned off’ using hypnotherapy.
2. Stick to beneficial life style changes
The symptoms of endometriosis can be significantly reduced through lifestyle changes such as a reduction in oestrogen rich foods, foods like meat and dairy which are pumped full of artificial hormones and gluten. If your budget allows, it is well worth seeing a qualified nutritionist who will tailor a diet to your needs or you can find out about an endo friendly diet on line or in books.
Finding ways to incorporate these lifestyle changes and sticking to them is where hypnotherapy comes in. Perhaps you’ve already 'tried' to adopt an endo friendly lifestyle but somehow you always slip back into those bad habits.
Our conscious thoughts are just the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to our minds. So, when we make decisions to adjust our habits consciously, it is unsurprising that they often don't stick.
Hypnosis offers you access to your vast unconscious mind, providing you with the tools you need to make changes at a deeper, more permanent level.
3. Manage stress
Though science has yet to provide concrete links between stress and endometriosis in humans, the anecdotal evidence is definitely out there. And, if you weren’t stressed before your endometriosis symptoms appeared, you probably are now!
Stress and anxiety are the body’s natural defences against danger. They trigger the your fight or flight response which, in turn, rallies your body’s resources to fuel a rapid retreat or an attack.
When your stressors are your endo symptoms or a long to do list than a raging tiger, the fight or flight response is rarely the most appropriate response. The racing heart, dilated pupils and oxygen pumping to your skeletal muscles may propel you to safety in the short term, but we need to find ways to stay in rest and repair mode to give our bodies the best chance to heal. Hypnosis offers you access to your vast unconscious mind, providing you with the tools you need to make changes at a deeper, more permanent level.
4. Support Fertility
About 30% of women with endometriosis have difficulties with fertility and struggle to get pregnant. This is thought to be the result of scarring, adhesions and poor egg quality. Although, it is important to remember that far more women with endo have children without difficulty.
These statistics, pressure to get pregnant as soon as possible (to increase chances of conception), possible IVF treatment and, once pregnant, fears about the effects of endometriosis on pregnancy and delivery can create a rollercoaster of emotions: worry, confusion, feelings of inadequacy, anger, stress, sadness, depression, grief and sometimes a feeling of being let down by your body.
Hypnotherapy can help you to work through your emotions and support you on your journey to pregnancy and birth.
If you are curious to find out more about how hypnotherapy and other mind/body techniques can help you to manage endometriosis, call Carole on 0423740418 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.