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Fertility planning with a little bit of help...

With today’s fast paced day-to-day life we are hearing more and more about psychological issues; such as depression, anxiety, and other issues that may even go unnoticed for a while. So our lives may at times go on autopilot - everything that is planned by us, and even for us. This enables daily personal and work goals to be achieved, and hopefully the luxury of a social life that will need work to maintain, and anything else that we may have to fit into a busy schedule. This may include caring for elderly parents or loved ones, and any other responsibilities that happen to come our way.

And then there is fertility for which a little help may be required. You have probably heard, that more people are seeking counselling and other therapies to help with daily struggles and life as a whole. Sometimes struggles can feel more of a struggle when they are compounded or we feel alone with them. We are not only hearing more about people seeking counselling, but that GPs are referring patients to counselling, and complementary therapies as part of a prescription, knowing that it can be a very effective treatment process in conjunction with the support of other healthcare professionals where medical intervention may be required. Fertility issues that have a psychological component can be helped with the right kind of therapy.

In comparison to 50 years ago (even 20 years ago), women now generally have much huger demands on them, with greater expectations, within today’s fast pace. But some things probably will never change, such as the way we are made. A woman carries a child or children for usually nine months, has to have all the physical checks required to monitor a healthy birth, and prepare psychologically in conjunction with physical for conception, and probably much more than that, but is too long a list to go into in this article. For example, checking dates of periods, menstrual cycle, and all that may be in there too, and that is in addition to all the other demands identified at the beginning of this article, which are probably just a few that could also be extended on greatly.

Mood states like anxiety and depression can impact on fertility. We can, with all that is happening around us, forget about relaxing, taking time out, not even having time to just think. Mood state can make a difference to the experience of the birthing process and the birth itself. Mind and body go hand in hand, and the good news is, you can work on your mind to improve your body, and vice versa.

An overview of the Fertile Body Method:

“The Fertile Body Method is a mind-body approach to fertility problems that is based on a holistic health model. It acknowledges the importance of working together with other specialists to create well co-ordinated combinations of treatment.”

Source, The Fertile Body Method, A Practitioner’s Manual, Sjanie Hugo, BA, D.HYP, PGD.HUYP, GHR, MBSC, 2009, pg3.

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