Hypnotherapy for fertility to menopause
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help us to cope with the challenges that come in the different stages of our life.
Issues with fertility and entering the menopause aren’t just physical – the effect us mentally and emotionally too. Stress and anxiety that can build up around these issues also gets fed back to our physical bodies leading to addition symptoms.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy puts you back in control which ever phase of your life you are in:
Hypnotherapy for fertility
Hypnotherapy is exceptionally beneficial for unexplained infertility. Fertility is a whole-body event, not something that happens just in our reproductive organs. The way we live can have a big effect on the reproductive system of both men and women. In particular, stress can have a big impact on our ability to conceive.
Stress hormones affect the hypothalamus and pituitary glands and reproductive organs. In women under stress, the reproductive hormone prolactin is over-produced interfering with ovulation. The hypothalamus stops secreting gonadotrophin hormone, which in turn affects the release of both the luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone which stimulate ovulation.
Hypnotherapy teaches you to let go of any emotional blocks or worries you may have that can create infertility issues, helping you to identify and process emotional issues that might be interfering with conception.
Hypnotherapy is highly effective in stress reduction allowing your hormones to rebalance.
Hypnotherapy for Calm Birthing
Research shows there are many benefits to approaching birth with a calm mind and relaxed body. We know that fear and anxiety can significantly affect the birthing process.
When we’re feeling anxious or scared, we feel pain more acutely. That’s because fear results in tension, tension results in pain, and pain leads to fear of the next contraction and the cycle is repeated. This is known as the fear > tension > pain cycle.
The fear, and/or anxiety associated with birth, triggers the production of excessive adrenaline activating the stress response. This creates tension and the muscles become more tense, causing the uterus to have to work harder to contract or relax, resulting in more painful contractions. Excess adrenaline can also hinder the production of the birthing hormones, including oxytocin ( the hormone that controls contractions), and endorphins ( our natural painkillers ). When we are relaxed, the oxytocin keeps flowing, so contractions are more effective and potentially less painful.
Hypnotherapy helps you to understand how your brain works, and how we can reduce the fear and anxiety: feeling calm, confident, empowered, relaxed, and in control. We will teach you how to use self hypnosis at home and during birth. Your birth partner will also learn how they can support you. Hypnotherapy will also have benefits for your baby : when Mum is calmer, the baby will receive lower levels of stress hormones and greater levels of oxygenation; a baby born in a calmer way, is more likely to stay calm and alert following the birth.
Hypnotherapy for post natal depression
Postnatal depression is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby. It effects more than 1 in every 10 women and it can also affect fathers and partners as well.
Many women may feel tearful, low in mood or anxious in the first week after giving birth. This is often referred to as the “baby blues” and is so common that it’s considered normal. If these symptoms last longer than 2 weeks after giving birth or start later, you could have postnatal depression. Postnatal depression can start any time in the first year after giving birth.
Many women do not realise they have postnatal depression, because it can develop gradually at a time when parents are naturally feeling tired and low in energy. Symptoms of postnatal depression include:
- A persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
- Lack of enjoyment and loss of interest in the wider world
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
- Withdrawing from other people
- Problems concentrating and making decisions
- Negative or frightening thoughts.
Hypnotherapy is a highly effective treatment for postnatal depress and provides relief from the above symptoms that can often be very debilitating. On average, a series of between 6-12 hypnotherapy session gives parents back the ability to cope with their day to day life feeling calm and confident and enables them to really enjoy that precious first year of their baby’s life.
Hypnotherapy for post menopause
It is approximated that 80% of women will experience symptoms of going through the menopause.
The average age of menopause is 51, however in recent years there has been a growing realisation that the transition to menopause referred to as perimenopause can last between 4 and 11 years (occurring anytime from the mid- 30s to 50s) and during this time of sex hormone decline the symptoms of this change can be significant. Added to this, surgical menopause via medical interventions can lead to a very drastic transition to menopause. It is also recognised that some women will continue to experience some symptoms in post menopause.
The most common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause in addition to irregular periods are fatigue, cognitive problems including brain fog and short-term memory loss, anxiety and depression or mood swings, hot flushes, insomnia, weight gain, headaches, itchy skin, hair loss and reduced libido.
Stress can significantly influence your experience of this transition from perimenopause to post menopause and this is where hypnotherapy can be extremely helpful in reducing stress levels in order that your sex hormones are not further impacted.
Hypnotherapy will help you to understand how your brain and body is reacting to this change in sex hormones and in turn reduce the stress that exacerbates the common symptoms listed above. Hypnotherapy also supports you to value yourself during this phase of transformation, enabling you to make positive diet and lifestyle choices which will further alleviate symptoms whilst also equipping your with the tools and mindset to cope better with those symptoms when they do occur.