What Is The Fertile Body Method?
The Fertile Body Method is a mind-body approach to fertility which acknowledges the importance of working with fertility problems in a holistic way.
Hypnosis is potentially a very powerful and effective therapeutic tool and is used in many of the techniques and approaches suggested in the Fertile Body Method.
Hypnosis is a trance state induced through focusing attention on any current internal or external sensory experience; hypnotherapy is the art of utilising this state of absorption to facilitate inner change, which can positively impact on physical wellbeing and fertility.
How Can The Fertile Body Method Help?
- The FBM can help enhance fertility by:
- Preparing the couple for conception by helping them:
- Providing support:
- FBM can help by addressing and reducing the negative effects of infertility by:
Reducing stress and increasing feelings of calm and relaxation
Restoring physical, mental and emotional balance and wellbeing
Balance can be restored through relaxation, positive cognitive changes, visualisation and changes to diet, exercise and lifestyle
Restoring hormonal balance, regulating the natural balance in the autonomic nervous system, regulating and restoring healthy immune system function
Creating balance in the body can be further enhanced by creating balance in thinking. Decreasing negative self talk and excessive worry will help restore emotional and physical balance and ensure that these changes are maintained.
Identifying and resolving issues which may be preventing conception (unconscious or conscious resistance).
To make necessary changes to lifestyle, diet, smoking, alcohol and exercise habits
To feel confident and ready for parenthood
To Improve intimacy and sexual relationship (for natural conception)
Restore menstrual health, or sperm mobility and count
Prepare for IVF or other fertility treatments.
Teaching self help tools that continue to enhance fertility
To maintain the changes they have made
Supporting the couple if they do conceive, to help carry the baby to full term
Supporting the couple if treatment fails
Supporting them to make decisions about fertility treatments and other options for parenthood
Providing emotional support and an opportunity to talk openly
Processing any death and loss
Coming to terms with infertility
Restoring self esteem and self worth
Working through emotions e.g. anger, jealousy, guilt, stress, anxiety and depression
Building coping skills and developing inner resources
Ensuring their needs are being met
Resolving relationship problems (partner, family and friends)
Increasing sexual Intimacy and affection
Restoring trust in one’s body
Reducing the negative effects of fertility treatment medication
Restoring the body to good health after medical treatments
People who have problems conceiving may experience a reduced sense of mental, emotional and physical wellbeing and leave them feeling stressed, frustrated, angry, jealous, guilty, hopeless, anxious or depressed. It can affect their work, friendships, family and relationships.
How Does The Fertile Body Method Work?
Viewing health as more than a physical issue is certainly not a new concept. We know that health is experienced as mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing. Many cultures throughout the world use a medical model that fully acknowledges the inter-connectedness between these different aspects of our being.
Mind-body medicine is an approach to health that recognises the effect that our mind has on our body, and vice versa. This model views the various aspects of ourselves and the different systems of our body, as a part of the greater whole. This holistic approach acknowledges the effect that one part, or one system, will have on another. It views the human being as a dynamic living ecosystem that strives to maintain all parts in balance, working harmoniously together.
Depression Affects Fertility
Woman suffering from depression, stress and anxiety are twice as likely to have problems conceiving. In one study 60% of women who were treated for depression got pregnant within a 6 month period, as opposed to only 24% of untreated women (Nicholas, M ‘3 Steps to Fertility’ pg49)
A study in Germany showed that men on death row found that they all had a very low sperm count. (Domar, A ‘Conquering Infertility: A mind body guide to enhancing fertility and coping with Infertility’ pg 30)
Another study showed that women who had experienced at least one unsuccessful IVF cycle and who had depressive symptoms before continuing IVF treatment experienced a 13% subsequent pregnancy rate, in contrast to a 29% pregnancy rate in women who did not experience depressive symptoms before their IVF cycle. (Domar, A ‘Conquering Infertility: A mind body guide to enhancing fertility and coping with Infertility’ pg 24)
Stress Affects Fertility
In a tribe under threat from another tribe or marauding wild animals, the females would fail to ovulate during this time, similarly if there were a feminine that too would be a bad time to bring a child into the world.
– Peter Bowen-Simpkins, M.D Clinical Director, Cromwell IVF Fertility Centre. Introduction: Shape UK March 2001
Beliefs Affect Biology
A study at Harvard Medical School measured what happened when women who were having difficulty conceiving were given group CBT. They were taught how to identify recurrent negative thought patterns and how to separate truth from fear. 55% of the women who participated had a baby. Compared to 20% who received no treatment.
(Nicholas, M. ‘3 Steps to Fertility’ pp 113)
Ambivalence About Parenthood
One study showed that in woman without any anatomical reason for infertility, the majority showed severe psychological conflict regarding the wish for parenthood.
(Therese Benedek eet al. ‘Some emotional factors in Infertility’ Psychosomatic Medicine Vol 15, no 5. (1953) pp 485-98. Jeker et al ‘Wish for a child and infertility’ International Journal of Fertility, vol 33, no. 6, (1988) pp 411-20)
Hypnosis And IVF
The use of hypnosis during embryo transfer doubles the IVF/ET outcome in terms of increased implantation and clinical pregnancy rates. Furthermore it seems the patients attitude to treatment was more favourable.
(‘Impact of hypnosis during embryo transer on the outcome of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer: a case-control study.’ Fertility and Sterility Journal. May 2006; 8 (5):14040-8)
PMS linked To Decreased Autonomic Nervous System Activity
January 4, 2008 – New research shows that women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) have significantly decreased autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity and that those with the most severe symptoms might have permanent depression of this key regulatory system.
PMS Linked to Decreased Autonomic Nervous System Activity, Caroline Cassels . Medscape Medical News 2008. C 2008 Medscape.
About Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer
Sjanie developed The Fertile Body Method which is a unique approach to treating fertility problems using hypnosis and other mind-body approaches. She is passionate about sharing what she knows and has taught The Fertile Body Method face to face to therapists throughout Europe and in South Africa. In September 2009 her book ‘The Fertile Body Method’ was published, the first of its kind to outline the application of hypnosis and mind-body approaches to treat fertility problems.
Sjanie was the managing editor of the European Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, has lectured internationally for the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) and is a guest therapist and workshop leader on the Chrysallis Health Detox Retreats. She is particularly interested in the healing affects of movement and dance and has completed an apprenticeship with the School of Movement Medicine.
Over the past few years she has developed her work to acknowledge the menstrual cycle as the foundation for women’s wellbeing at all levels. Sjanie is co-founder of Red School, pioneering a ground–breaking approach to women’s physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing based on the menstrual cycle and the journey from menarche to menopause.
About Arty Amarisa
Arty is the Director of The Fertile Body Method, offers one to one coaching sessions, mentoring and facilitates the Fertile Body Method Practitioner Training monthly question and answer sessions. She runs online courses based on Body-Mind techniques for professionals who want to become the best at what they do. Her sessions are both online as well as face to face in her clinic in Birmingham.
Arty is the creator of the Podcast – ‘Birth Yourself Brave’ available on https://artyamarisa.com/podcast/ Apple podcast, Spotify and Google podcasts. She has written the ebooks ‘Emotional Equiposise’ and ‘Drop the Anchor’. Arty was born in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Her background is a 1st class degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Banking. After several years of corporate experience in working in the City of London and Birmingham, she surrendered to her innate calling to empower others. For over 15 years she has been offering complementary health sessions, specialising in fertility since the last 7 years and tutoring since 2014.
Arty has completed her Advanced Module in Reproflexology, is a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner, a Certified Speaker, Mindfulness, Advanced Emotional Freedom Technique, Matrix & Birth Reimprinting Practitioner. Arty has completed CPD training in Auricular Therapy, Ayurveda, Crystal Therapy, Complex Trauma and Family Constellations, among other qualifications. She is a member of the Association of Reflexologists, Association of Reproductive Reflexologists, Bach Foundation Register, EFT International, EFT and Mindfulness Centre, and the Fertile Body Method Register.