Jennifer. Jennifer is a 35 year old woman with a good job a nice place to call home and a partner who loves her. She is now at that stage in her life when she feels a sense of urgency regarding the
growth of her family. She is a fictional concatenation of the typical women coming to our office for hypnosis.
Making babies takes on an entirely new meaning when you approach the subject the way Jennifer did. She
started her “baby project” in the usual and pragmatic way, concentrating on sperm, eggs, hormones and ovulation time to get pregnant. It seemed to her that if all the factors were in place, the end
result, a baby, would be the logical outcome.
Jennifer had done all her homework. She ate the right foods, took
her temperature every morning, and reminded her partner to make it home on time when it was the night for their “homework”. And then she waited; two weeks that seemed like an eternity filled with
hope, worry, stress and anxiety only to find disappointment at the end of the road.
Four years of timing and “homework” had turned into a chore. The worry and lack of spontaneity turned
their ‘special time” into a duty.
“There must be another piece to this puzzle” she said to
herself, as she took another glance at her temperature chart. And as she poured herself another glass of water, she realized that she wasn”t simply a machine, but that she was missing
another piece, a less visible one. She was looking for some way to assist her fertility from within herself.
She looked for help on the internet and came across an article about hypnosis for fertility. The more
she read the more she understood, “this seems fit the answers I’m looking for.”
Being more intimate with her fertility and being more connected to her reproductive process appealed
to her on different levels. Jennifer went to a local HypnoFertility Certified Practitioner (HfCP).
In only 4 sessions she was clear-headed, empowered and she had a renewed trust in her ability to
conceive a baby; knowing that the miracle she was hoping for would come into her life soon and, possibly just as importantly, when it was ready”. The connection between her now calmer mind and body
had been reinforced.
She was able to maintain a schedule of relaxation and visualization, twice a week before bed for a few
weeks until her miracle was ready. Less than a year later, Jennifer and her husband welcomed their new baby into the world.
Hypnosis for fertility is becoming more and more popular. Thousands of women in the United States and
Canada are using “HypnoFertility” as a means to assist their own fertility in ways never before attempted. And they have the success stories to make the hardest of hearts smile. In ways, not yet
fully understood, women are attributing hypnosis to increasing their chances of conception leading to term.
Now, especially when combining hypnosis with IVF or IUI, women are literally doubling their success
rates, alleviating disappointments of repeat cycles and stress.
Research and clinical trials have shown that the process of conception can be influenced by
the mind. The Journal of American Medical Womens Association (AMWA) sites that women, with depression symptoms after a failed first IVF, when treated, showed a 60% viable pregnancy rate within six
months, contrasting with 24% when left untreated.
Indeed, for IVF assisted pregnancies, a similar study conducted 1993 confirms a doubling of success
rates in successive IVF cycles when the first IVF cycle has failed and when resulting secondary depression symptoms were treated before starting subsequent cycles.
The chances of conceiving doubles when hypnosis is added as a complement to IVF. Professor Eliahu
Levitas and his team conducted a study with 185 women undergoing IVF in the Soroka hospital in Beersheva, Israel. While 14% of the women in the control group conceived, 28% of the women who had been
hypnotized conceived as a result of the single treatment.
It seems that not only the calming effect of hypnosis relieves situational stress related to
unfamiliar surroundings and privacy related uneasiness during the procedures themselves, but the technique of visualizing a healthy process inside the woman’s own body may be able to guide and
enhance her body’s ability to complete the conception process in very real, and sometimes even magical, ways.
Modern hypnosis includes techniques to bring about internal body changes through what is now known as
the Mind-body connection, the neuroendocrine system.
The use of these techniques is not new, in fact, documented history goes back as far as the early
1800′s but its abilities to influence the body has always been in question until the research by Roger Guillemin and Andrew Schally showed this very connection. In 1977 they received a Nobel prize
for their work leading to this discovery.
It’s very difficult to prove at what level the mind-metaphors actually connect and ultimately alter
bodily states, but time and time again hypnosis is quoted as a catalyst in change manifested through thought.
Participation of the client is a prerequisite to hypnotic change. Ernest Rossi PhD and Kathryn Rossi
PhD both decorated Psychologist both pioneers in Mind-Body Connection Research, use hypnosis to study this subject in detail. They have learned how the Mind-body connection works within the brain and
teach hypnotists how to apply techniques to affect change. The changes that are useful in working with fertility concentrate on creating a balance within the body. The desired changes are
directly influenced by hypnotic suggestion.
Possibly a familiar use of this Mind-Body connection is used by stage hypnotists when they suggest to
a volunteer that the temperature is becoming unbearably cold causing them to show signs of cold, such as shivering, followed by suggestions to cause the volunteer to feel hot (so that they remove
articles of clothing).
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, that is to say that the hypnotist doesn’t (and can’t) force the subject
(client) to participate in the process. Without the participation of the clients mind and belief-system, Mind-body hypnosis is unsuccessful. The client allows the hypnotist to guide them through a
series of progressive techniques that allow the client’s subconscious to become receptive to suggestions provided through metaphoric imagery.
All the hypnotist “does” is guide the client to (and through) a state of consciousness where the
subconscious mind becomes receptive to suggestion. Often the client doesn’t even “feel hypnotized” as the conscious mind remains active during the process.
Assisting women create their own results can be very rewarding. Overcoming mental blocks and truly
believing in their own ability to create their baby is often the key to bring about a successful outcome. No two cases are alike, and the ultimate solution is often achieved in 4 to 6
In this work, hypnotists often work closely with other practitioners such as naturopathic doctors,
fertility clinics as well as traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncturists and homeopathic doctors to achieve pregnancies, either through natural conception or through assisted methods such as IVF or
Hypnosis for fertility not only addresses issues unique to fertility that can relieve the mind-based
obstructions that may hinder successful pregnancy. Hypnosis for pregnancy may facilitate the early bonding experience with the unborn baby.
It is well known that children are influenced by their surroundings well before they’re born and
providing an inviting environment early in their lives is believed to imprint a sense of belonging (to the family unit) which could be attributed to better development of self-esteem in pre-teens and
teens. Hypnosis for childbirth continues this natural progression to facilitate natural and comfortable birthing for uncomplicated pregnancies.
The success of hypnosis for fertility is not just measured in babies. Of course it seems that way, and
often a baby is the product of many factors including hypnosis. The very first objective is to work with the client to restore a sense of balance in her life.
The fertility specific work focuses on lowering stress levels and “hitting the reset button” to be
able to move forward in a positive way. This is true for their partners also; dealing with fertility related issues often focuses on the mother in the relationship, sometimes leaving the partner
without adequate support they need to fall back on.
Males, in couples who had trouble conceiving, showed lower sperm quality (count and motility) when
re-tested after a year of “trying to conceive”. Several studies show how stress influences sperm quality and in some studies “Timed Intercourse” is mentioned as a major contributing factor in stress
related anejaculation (inability to ejaculate). Male partners will also benefit from creating moments of calm and inner peace during stressful times.
As we gain more insight into the mechanics of fertility, we may be losing sight of the fact that there
is still a magical component to consider. There are miracle elements to conception that seem reluctant to reveal their secrets to us through science.
Hypnosis for fertility may hold a key to connecting with your internal peace-of-mind and help you
regain your own, individual balance.