Alternative Therapies - Female Imagery
Gerald Epstein, M.D. suggests the following visualization in his book Healing Visualizations, to help women overcome infertility.
Do this imagery for two to three minutes once a day for seven days, beginning at the middle of your cycle.
See Also: Imagery for Stress Management
Emotional stress can lower the level of fertility. For example, stress in a woman can affect the hormones being released from the brain's pituitary gland, interrupting ovulation (the release of mature eggs). If the stress is combined with another "fertility-lowering" condition, such as a partially blocked fallopian tubes, then it can lead to infertility.
Several therapies can reduce stress and encourage relaxation. These therapies can help you cope with stress, which may be affecting your ability to conceive. Mind therapies may also reveal unconscious fears, and help those unable to conceive to come to terms with this. Examples are:
One proof that mind/body medicine is an effective part of infertility treatment is a University of Massachusetts study that showed that infertile couples who joined support groups were more than twice as likely to conceive children compared to couples who didn't participate in any groups.
Several times a day, set aside 15 to 30 minutes for relaxation exercises followed by guided imagery exercises related to the reproductive system. Have someone else read the script to you, or have it on tape nearby so you can play it right after finishing the exercises. Here's an excerpt of an imagery script:
See Also: Stress and Infertility
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