Infertility! How Can Hypnotherapy Help?
When we are taught Sex Education at
school or by our parents a lot of the emphasis seems to be on how not to get
pregnant. So, the general assumption
might be that it should be incredibly easy to get pregnant.
This is probably more the case when we
are young and fecund but now many women and couples leave the baby making stage
until they have established their adult life and career.
A lot people party their way through
their twenties and it is often only when the biological imperative kicks in and
reminds us that we are here to procreate, that we start being more self-aware
and health conscious.
A woman is born with a finite number
of eggs. A female fetus of 20 weeks
will have about 7 million eggs but by the time that baby is born she will only have
about 600,000. By puberty, that figure is down to about 400,000. Once a girl starts menstruating her ovaries will release one
of those eggs about every 28 days. So,
for women the fecundity reduces year on year.
A man will produce roughly 525 billion sperm cells in a lifetime and shed at least one billion of them per month. A healthy adult male can release between 40 million to 1.2 billion sperm cells in a single ejaculation. However, these sperm have to be able to swim very hard and fight their way through to the egg in order to fertilize it. So, it is equally as important for men to take care of themselves if they want to be Fathers. However, men continue to produce new sperm and if they look after themselves in later life could continue to have good healthy sperm.
the epic journey a single sperm must take, we know that when semen is ejaculated
into the woman’s vagina there will be millions of sperm in the fluid. These sperm, by an amazing force of nature, automatically
swim towards the cervix but a lot of them will die on way. The ones that do make it through the cervix into
the uterus then have to dodge the protective immune system that might view them
as alien invaders and overpower them. Only
the strongest sperm will enter the fallopian tube and race towards the ovary to
try and fertilise the egg. There will be
many obstacles on the way. It is interesting
fact that the human egg is the largest single human cell and the sperm is the
smallest single human cell.
people will enjoy sexual intimacy without necessarily thinking about baby
making so they are possibly more relaxed in the process. When people start wanting to build a family later
there may be more of a sense of urgency as they are working to a timetable of
start making plans about having a family it is known that about 1 in 6 around the world will seek advice if they
think they are having difficulty.
Perhaps, it is not as easy as they thought after years of contraception
and trying not to get pregnant, and time is of the essence. The time
it takes to conceive naturally will vary and age can be an important factor. Both
a woman’s and (to a lesser extent) a man’s fertility will gradually decline with
problems for women could occur for several reasons: PCOS (polycystic ovary
syndrome), STDs (sexually transmitted disease), Endometriosis, damaged or
blocked fallopian tubes and there could be other physiological causes.
problems for men could be caused by of low quantity or quality of sperm.
For nearly a
quarter of people there may be no obvious physiological reason for their
fertility problems. This is known as ‘unexplained infertility’.
As a clinical
hypnotherapist, I help people overcome this diagnosis by getting them to
believe that they do have the ability to conceive. Perhaps, helping them tap into their
subconscious to clear any deeper blocks.
These could include their feelings about their relationship, or their
ability to be good parents, or how much they want to bring a child into the
world. (This could relate to their own
upbringing). Other blocks could be
unhealthy lifestyle or feelings of guilt.
The underlying theme of hypnosis is calmness confidence and relaxation
coupled with self-belief and good self-image.
This can help the couples separately or jointly feel more relaxed and
trust themselves and their partners.
It is often
said that this type of infertility is subject to the law of ‘reversed affect’.
The more you try the more difficult it seems to become. It is amazing how the power of creative
visualisation and helping people tap into their driving forces can help people
achieve their goals, feel stronger and more determined to prevail. We also know that when people relax about
conception it is much easier to get pregnant.
medical tests a reason for infertility is found in the woman or the man, or
both they may be offered IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation). People living in the right postcode may be offered
an opportunity to have the treatment free on the NHS. Others are not so lucky and will have to fund
the treatment themselves. This can run
into thousands of pounds and put extra stress on a relationship.
and couples find themselves going down the IVF route I offer help and support
and self-belief. The IVF journey can be
quite challenging for women and their partners.
The woman is the subject of many intimate examinations and tests. Once the programme is in place the woman must
follow a protocol and process which will involve tests, scans and hormone
injections. A lot of people have a fear of medical procedures and hypnosis is
very powerful to help them deal with this.
Last month I
was invited to Thames Fertility in Maidenhead where the embryologists showed me
the whole process of IVF In Vitro Fertilisation. It was very humbling and amazing to see how
science can help nature in a very ethical and caring way. It is clear to see that being able to stay
relaxed throughout the treatment would be hugely beneficial.
If you would
like to know more about how hypnotherapy can help with Infertility or the IVF
process please contact Sue Turner
National Fertility Week runs from 28th
October to 3rd of November.
You will find a lot of specialist knowledge at the Fertility Show at
Olympia on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November.