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Studies abound about the benefits of mind-body therapies in conjunction with conventional treatments for infertility. These treatments are used mainly to ease stress and contribute to well-being, both of which former fertility patients will swear helped them overcome infertility. There are a great variety of therapies. Some, like acupuncture, have been around for centuries, while others are relatively new.

Touch Therapies

Touch therapies use a hands-on approach. Massage, reflexology, and acupuncture fall under touch therapies, with all found to be great stress relievers in a variety of studies. A 2004 study published in Medical Study News reviewed a new massage technique developed by a physical therapist and a massage therapist called the Wurn Technique. The study showed a 71 percent pregnancy rate within one year of the receiving the treatment. A 2008 review of randomized controlled trials from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore found acupuncture significantly improved pregnancy rates resulting from the embryo transfer process. Touch therapies are said to reduce stress because they improve blood flow, balance the body’s energy flow, and reduce cortisol levels.

Movement Therapies

Movement therapies are exercises to promote strength and wellness, such as yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates. Yoga is touted for being a gentle form of exercise that eases stress, promotes weight loss, and increases fertility. Studies found couples who practiced yoga were more likely to conceive during in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments than those who didn’t, and in 2000, Harvard Medical School researchers revealed women who participated in yoga and relaxation techniques were three times more likely to get pregnant.

Focused Therapies

Focused therapies like meditation, visualization and relaxation are techniques that help you to calm yourself and eliminate stress from your life. The techniques teach people how to focus and visualize peace and tranquility, and all that is required is a dedicated stretch of time in a quiet place to clear your head. Breathing techniques are often incorporated into these practices, where you concentrate on breathing in and out in slow, deliberate breaths. A San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego joint study found that people who practiced mindfulness mediation or somatic relaxation reduced their levels of distress and improved positive mood states, with mindfulness meditation also reducing distracting and ruminating thoughts and behaviors.

If interested in trying mind-body techniques, first speak to your physician to find out if they are safe. Many fertility practices have accepted mind-body techniques as a beneficial adjunct to treatment and even offer their own practitioners.

Comments (5)

I took the BabySpirit Class too, at the full price of $35 and you were right, I even would have paid more. It was so worth it and helps my IVF journey in ways I cannot even describe. I booked a private session to learn how to help my transfer because I just know it can. Thanks to finding it on this site I am so glad to have learned of this. oh my gosh. I will definitely be going back. I felt like I got such an infusion of hope! I felt such sweet courage and strength "meeting" my child, and now I see a bigger reason why I am going through all this. My baby is asking me to, and it is bringing every thing up so I can heal it. I even got to see the sex of her! I was told by my angels I am going through a "transformation" and this process of BabySpirit is helping me understand it all. The light and visualization really helps to make it real for me, and feels so calming. For the first time in a long time I got to remember to be the "invitation" for my baby. Her name is Elisabeth Manning, and she does this once a month I think the first Sunday of each month. I was shy to try it because I am not religious but now I see it has nothing to do with that. Thanks all!

Thanks for the BabySpirit advice! I did the phone class today-it was discounted for first timers and well worth the 15 dollars--I would have paid way more. I got to feel my future baby and I couldn't stop the tears but I felt for the first time that there is a reason I am going through this-I got to sense the "bigger picture" and I feel a sense of hope again and to clear out the distracting annoying chatter. So great that I found that meditation. Her business is called Conscious Conception but I don't remember her name. I will definitely be doing that again.

BabySpirit Meditaiton is one of the meditations I used, and it was SO amazing for me. It calms the mind/body connection and provides a safe and sacred space to connect and commune with your future child. I 'met' my future child in this very sweet guided visual meditation, welcomed it in, also healed a past miscarriage and an abortion, so much went on there that I felt like I got a real healing. It was so different.

I am now pregnant and I can say was the most profound experience of my entire journey, and I am continuing it as I go through my pregnancy to prepare for the birth. Highly recommended. I think she's in california but the one I did was via teleclass.

I have also done BabySpirit Meditation several times and absolutely LOVED it! Elisabeth is amazing! I agree with the earlier is an anonymous, safe place to go to experience a guided meditation. For myself, I experience something deeper each time and am so excited to continue my journey!

I highly recommend giving it a try. She does a teleclass once a month on Sundays and its not very expensive (around $35, but watch for discounts!). Elisabeth also offers fertility coaching, life coaching and is soon to offer a course for people interested in learning the BabySpirit Meditation method, which I personally think is really exciting! Its great to connect with her on the phone; you'd think she was sitting right next to you the entire time. Her sweet voice will gently guide you during the call.

I'd be happy to share more details of my experience if you're interested.

Her site is and

Good luck!

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