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Well for the first time ever I chose to have my dinner on a small plate!  Much smaller portion and I’m feeling satisfied! I’m drinking 2 pints of water now….. you have ruined squash for me, I looked at it and tasted metal!! I’m not feeling hungry in the day at all and I’ve lost 2lb already!

Hormonal problems often contribute to conception issues.  Restoration of hormonal balance and eventual pregnancy may occur by utilisation of hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and implementation of positive lifestyle changes such as diet and gentle exercise. Hypnotherapy and (EFT) are safe and effective ways to help you make any simple changes to your life that can have an impact on your fertility journey.  Both techniques are recognised for their effectiveness in weight control, smoking cessation, stress relief and general habit changing.  These same issues often pose the biggest threat to fertility.

 

Weight Loss 

 

It has been shown that as little as a 10% drop in your weight can have a positive impact on your fertility.  Using a combination of techniques we can target, snacking, portion size, making healthy food choices, drinking more water, reducing caffeine consumption.  Caffeine has a negative effect on our fertility, common sources of caffeine are:  tea (green, white and black tea) coffee, fizzy drinks and some other products.  Always check the product label if you are unsure.  Research shows that even one cup of coffee a day causes an imbalance in sex hormones, which compromises sperm and egg health.  In women, the uterine lining is also affected, which may stop implantation of a fertilised egg and may also contribute to early miscarriage.   British Medical Journal recommends to reduce caffeine intake before conception and throughout pregnancy and not to start it again until after you stop breast feeding.

 

Because you will never feel like you are being deprived or missing out when you use your subconscious mind to work with you, these changes can happen naturally.  Life should not be about being on a ‘strict diet’ but making healthy conscious food choices and eating 3 smaller meals a day that are packed full of colour, vitamins and nutrients which will give you achievable results that you can continue with for the rest of your life.  Once you change your unhealthy habits there are lots of more suitable alternatives that can easily take their place.

 

Alcohol reduction  

 

It’s all too easy for the amount of alcohol we drink to start creeping up.  If you have a stressful and busy job or your struggling with emotional issues alcohol can quickly became an accepted part of your life.  It’s not until we reduce the amount we drink that we can fully appreciate how negatively it was impacting on our mood and wellbeing.  Consumption of alcohol can reduce your fertility by as much as 50% , as proven in clinical trials by a Danish study.  If you are trying to get pregnant it is recommended that there is not a ‘safe’ level and it is better to stop ideally at least 3 months before you start trying to conceive and during pregnancy.  The Danish study showed that women who drank less than 5 standard glasses of wine per week were twice as likely to conceive within six months, compared to women who drank more alcohol.  Alcohol consumption affects both partners causing damage to egg and sperm quality.  “in men it can increase abnormal sperm, decrease sperm count and reduce the motility and also volume of the sperm” (British Medical Journal) 

 

Reducing or stopping drinking alcohol will become so much easier when we address the issues in the subconscious mind.  When we use hypnosis or EFT you will have the tools to stop safely and effectively, especially during this important time in your life.

 

Stop Smoking

 

We all know that smoking is bad for us but when it comes to fertility, it’s effects are even more profound.  Smoke decreases the oxygen level in your blood and so less oxygen is carried to your cells.  Without a good supply of oxygen, the cells in your body cannot work properly and this causes a deterioration of the cells, which includes your eggs or sperm.  This can lead to underdeveloped eggs and sperm and it may also effect the genetic makeup of the unborn baby if you do conceive whilst smoking.

 

This is what the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has to say:

 

“almost all clinical studies support the conclusion that smoking has an adverse effect on fertility.  The prevalence of infertility is higher and the time it takes to conceive is longer, in smokers compared to non-smokers.  Active smoking by either partner has adverse effects, and the impact of passive cigarette smoke exposure is only slightly smaller than that for active smoking.  Research indicates that cigarette smoking is harmful to a woman’s ovaries and the degree of harm is dependent upon the amount and the period of time a woman smokes.  Smoking appears to accelerate the loss of eggs and reproductive function and may advance the time of menopause by several years.  It was also shown that men who smoke have a lower sperm count and motility and increased abnormalities in sperm shape and function.  The best available scientific data indicates that cigarette smoking strongly contributes to infertility.  Smoking should be discouraged for both client and partner in couples with a history of infertility or recurrent miscarriage.  Smoking cessation may improve natural fertility and success rates with infertility treatment.” 

 

So if this resonant with you did you know that you can stop smoking in as little as one hour!  You won’t put on weight and you will became a non-smoker for as long as you choose.  Remember if you choose to smoke again then you will become a smoker.  When you use hypnosis to stop smoking you do not have to have nicotine cravings.

 

Needle Phobia 

 

You will already be aware of the amount of injections you may need through your fertility journey, if you have a needle phobia this can make it even harder to stomach.  Hypnotherapy and EFT are safe and effective ways to manage all phobias. Taking away the discomfort and giving you a sense of relief!

Stress

 

A major fertility barrier. This is a very important factor that links directly to your state of mind.  The number one contributing factor to infertility is stress according to researchers at Emory University in Atlanta.  The results of this American study conducted by Professor Berga and presented at the annual conference of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology in Prague, showed that stress increased stress hormones produced by your body, that significantly reduce ovulation and your chances of successful conception.  Women with busy careers are most at risk and are often most in denial about the stress in their lives, but it also dramatically affects men too.  It is possible to be stressed but not really feel, we get used to that wired feeling!  Many other clinical trials have shown the same imbalances in hormones such as Cortisol (a stress related hormone), which hinders your ability to conceive.  But you have probably realised by now it is not as simple as being told to ‘relax and stay calm’.  As part of the work we do together you will reduce your stress reaction.  If it is a more deep seated problem you will benefit from working on an individual basis.

Contact me now or request a call back below to discuss how we can work together, let me create your individually tailored sessions to maximise your chances of conceiving.

07801709186   |   jenny@fertilityconcept.co.uk

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