Yoga Can Help in Getting Pregnant by IVF Treatment

The demands of infertility treatment can overwhelm even the most resilient individual and leave the person feeling depressed, anxious, and out-of-control.  Patients often share with me that they never dreamed of trying to conceive a baby would make them feel so stressed out.  In fact, research has found that women undergoing infertility treatments report distress levels equivalent to cancer patients! It is well documented that emotional distress levels rise as the intensity and duration of infertility treatment increases.

Yoga helps in getting pregnant

To manage stress more effectively, you need to understand your body’s stress response. Cannon was the first to describe the “fight or flight” response.   When we perceive a threat, the “fight or flight” response kicks in to ensure our survival.

Yoga Helps infertile Couple

Demands on our time and energy continue all day long.  By the time most of us get home, we are tense, irritated, and exhausted.  Chronic or persistent stress occurs when the stressors are unrelenting, as they can be while undergoing infertility treatment.  As long as the stress response remains “turned on,” you will be at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, suppressed immunity, increased risk of heart attack or stroke, and increased risk of depression and anxiety.  Chronic stress can damage almost every system of the body, and it can worsen conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and chronic pain.  Chronic stress can cause suppression of the reproductive system resulting in amenorrhea and failure to ovulate in women, impotency in men, and loss of libido in both.

So how do you cope with all of the added stress during infertility treatment?  Research has shown that the best way to manage stress is to learn a variety of stress reduction techniques.  These techniques activate the “relaxation response” that serves to bring the nervous system back into balance by slowing down the heart rate and essentially restoring the body and mind back to a calm, relaxed state.  Practising relaxation techniques during treatment will enable you to rid your body of the harmful effects of stress.  Managing stress properly will give you the strength to handle the physical and emotional demands of infertility treatment.

 There are many different stress management techniques (e.g., diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation and yoga) and you will need to do some experimentation to determine what works best for you. Diaphragmatic breathing, pranayama and meditation are quite helpful in restoring normal physiological state.

What is Diaphragmatic Breathing?

Diaphragmatic breathing, or deep breathing, is breathing that is done by contracting the diaphragm, a muscle located horizontally between the thoracic cavity and abdominal cavity. Air enters the lungs and the chest rises and the belly expands during this type of breathing. It induces a state of relaxation. According to the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center, “Diaphragmatic breathing allows one to take normal breaths while maximizing the amount of oxygen that goes into the bloodstream. It is a way of interrupting the ‘Fight or Flight’ response and triggering the body’s normal relaxation response.

Hatha Yoga, tai chi and meditation traditions draw a clear distinction between diaphragmatic breathing and abdominal breathing or belly breathing. The more specific technique of diaphragmatic breathing is said to be more beneficial.

What is Paranayam?

Prāṇāyāma is a Sanskrit word which essentially means controlled The word is composed from two Sanskrit words: prana meaning life force (noted particularly as the breath), and ayama (to restrain or control the prana, implying a set of breathing techniques where the breath is intentionally altered in order to produce specific results). It is a yogic discipline with origins in ancient India.

IVF Success Rate is High in People Who Regularly Do Meditation.

Meditation can be defined as a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.

Meditation has been practised since antiquity in numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Since the 19th century, it has spread from its origins to other cultures where it is commonly practised in private and business life.

Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception] and wellbeing. Meditation is under research to define its possible health (psychological, neurological, and cardiovascular) and other effects.

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