Fertility focused sessions are a blend of counselling, stress management, reflexology and ear acupuncture (optional).
Ideally, I like to work with women across three full menstrual cycles. This often provides a sufficient time-frame in which address any menstrual disruptions (such as a shortened luteal phase, amenorrhea, or an elongated cycle).
Ideally, I like to meet with women at least two months prior to the start of an IVF cycle or embryo transfer. Calming the nervous system and moving out of the chronic stress state can take some time. At the end of the initial consultation we will decide together how often to include session in the run up to the start date of your IVF protocol. Once IVF begins I like to meet with clients weekly.
The Hospitable Womb concept acknowledges that environmental factors within the woman (uterus and endometrium) must be safe in order for implantation to occur and the developing embryo to thrive. Where unexplained infertility or repeated failure in IVF (with good grade embryos) is a problem, then working to ensure provision of a safe epigenetic environment can make a very real difference to outcomes. Additionally, sessions can be beneficial to women diagnosed with a recognised hormonal imbalance such as PCOS.
'PROMOTING THE HOSPITABLE WOMB'
Penned by Nichola and blending information taken from psychoneuroimmunology and health psychology this free 48 page booklet demonstates the impact of chronic stress on fertility and embryo implantation, and highlights how women might best insure provision of the safe and hospitable womb.
Women attending for supportive sessions for the first time, during a second or third IVF cycle, for example, will often report:
Stress isn't really associated with not coping in life, or about not being happy. Stress is much more deeply related to the manner in which we think, and to what might be occurring in our mind sub-consciously. Sub-fertility can bring about frequent moments of deep fear and distress, and those emotions can often be powerful enough to signal the bodies fight or flight response, and ultimately act to hinder conception.
Initial Consultation (90 minutes) £50.00
Single Session (60 minutes)
During times of chronic stress, when excessive levels of cortisol build in the bloodstream, non-essential systems, such as the endocrine (hormonal) system can become disrupted. Over time, chronic stress can therefore begin to negatively impact both the delicate balance of the menstrual cycle, and work to hinder functional implantation of a fertilised embryo.
Both reflexology and auricular (ear) acupuncture excel in encouraging deep states of physical relaxation and have been recommended where stress and anxiety exists. Reflexology offers the added bonus of encouraging the production of oxytocin in the blood, as well as increasing local perfusion (blood flow) directly to vital organs, such as the uterus and ovaries.
Within the supportive space women can learn about their body, and pick up useful tips on how better manage daily stress responses. The overall outcome generally manifests in a calmer brain, and a more stable menstrual cycle.