Infertility


Did You Know?

Women going through infertility have levels of stress as high as women dealing with chronic or life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, HIV, and heart diseases (Domar et al., 1993).

Anybody who’s been through infertility knows how frustrating and stressful trying and failing to get pregnant can be. Infertility affects more than six million Americans and its effects are devastating. It can leave women and couples feeling isolated, depressed, angry, and at a loss of control. It is a real life crisis that can affect many aspects of one’s life such as self-esteem, relationships with partners, families, and friends, work, finances, and even spiritual beliefs.

Girlfriends Health is pleased to be offering a Mind/Body Infertility Program. This 10-week workshop is modeled after the highly successful program developed by Alice Domar Ph.D., a nationally known expert in complementary medicine. Dr. Domar’s programs have been clinically proven to reduce the distress associated with infertility.

The research is clear, stress, anxiety, and depression have a detrimental impact on fertility. Research has shown that the level of distress infertile women experience may impact the success of treatment. Dr. Domar’s most recent study showed that women who were the most anxious and depressed prior to their IVF treatment cycle were 93% less likely to conceive than the least distressed women. Another study published in February 2004 showed that the #1 reason patients drop out of fertility treatment is not because their physician was discouraging them from continuing, but because of their distress.

Dr. Domar developed a Mind/Body Infertility Program to help women dealing with infertility take back control of their lives and provide them with a toolbox of coping skills that will be useful throughout their lives. Her program has been clinically proven to reduce the distress associated with infertility and increase pregnancy rates, in fact, 55% of women who attend a mind/body program conceive within one year.

What is Mind/Body Medicine?

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Mind/body medicine work is based on the inseparable connection between the mind and the body – physical health is influenced by thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and conversely, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be influenced by physical symptoms. In the case of infertility, we know that infertility can cause psychological distress and research is also showing that depression can impede fertility. Treating a woman’s mind as well as her body makes her feel better and helps her cope more effectively with her condition. And in some cases, it increases her chances of conceiving.

Who Could Benefit?

Any woman who is having difficulty conceiving that may be experiencing emotional distress, depression, stress, and/or anxiety in their life related to infertility.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Mind/Body Program

“You will be happy again. Life will become joyful again. And somehow, someway, if you want to become a parent, you will.” Alice Domar Ph.D. Conquering Infertility

Resources:

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Books:

  • Aronson, Diane and the staff of Resolve. (2001). Resolving Infertility. New York: Harper Resource.
  • Barbieri, Robert L, Domar, Alice, and Loughlin, Kevin R. (2000). Six Steps to Increased Fertility: An Integrated Medical and Mind/Body Program to Promote Conception. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Benson, Herbert, and Klipper, Miriam. (1975). The Relaxation Response. New York: Avon.
  • Domar, Alice & Kelly, Alice L. (2002). Conquering Infertility. New York: Viking.
  • Domar, Alice & Dreher, Henry. (1996). Healing Mind/Healthy Woman. New York: Dell.

On the lighter side:

  • Vargo, Julie & Regan, Maureen (2006). A Few Good Eggs: Two Chicks Dish on Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility. New York: Harper Collins