Some Documented Studies
Studies have indicated that "infertile" women utilising
mind/body techniques have a 42-55% conception rate as compared
to 20% for those not following this protocol.
Studies conducted by Alice Dormar Ph D, director of the Beth
Israel Deaconess Behavioral Medicine Program for Infertility in
Boston, showed the efficacy of mind/body techniques in removing
unresolved issues around pregnancy: In 1999, 42% of 132
infertile women participating in the mind/body program conceived
within 6 months of completing it (Journal of the American
Medical Women's Association).
A second study, published in 2000 in the journal
Fertility and Sterility, showed that 55% of infertile women
conceived, compared to 20% of the control group who used no
For Alice Domar's studies visit
A 2004 Israeli study conducted by Prof. Eliahu Levitas showed
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.
"One of the key components (in addressing infertility) is
stress reduction," says Dr Mark Bush of Colorado's
Conceptions Reproductive Center. "There is a definite link
between hormones released in the brain and decreasing a woman's
ability to release an egg."
Dr Jon Shick of Mile High Family Medicine agrees
with Bush. "You can't ignore the impact of stress on the body or
the mind," says Shick. "I've seen what hypnosis can do first
hand - it works."
Gerald Trobough, M.D., a Californian Ob/Gyn and fertility
expert concurs. "We know what hypnosis can do for such things as
child birth and pain control; it's only a matter of time before
infertility applications are universally accepted," he says.
"Hypnotherapy fits very well with today's 'western medical'
approaches to successfully decrease the stresses that can be
associated with infertility and its procedures," says Trobough.
"Fertility is a significant problem in today's stressful
world," says Dr Winetz, also a skilled Acupuncturist. He adds
that "Acupuncture and hypnosis have proven to be very successful
as adjunctive treatments to conventional medicine."
A study by John Gruzelier, Professor of Psychology at
Imperial College School of Medicine in London, revealed that
self-hypnosis could strengthen the immune system by 48% in six
For other fertility studies and information check out:
Hypnosis for Fertility
Restoring a sense of calm and control
to the fertility experience
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