Meditation and Fertility: How Meditation Can Help

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Each year, millions of couples’ experience challenges trying to conceive. What should be a time of joy and hope can quickly become a time filled with stress. When we live in a constant state of stress, adrenaline is continually released. Adrenaline inhibits the body’s ability to utilize progesterone, which has a direct impact on fertility. Stress-related hormones, like prolactin and cortisol also further complicate fertility by interfering with ovulation and lowering libido in women and men.

Stress also has an impact on couples who are trying fertility treatments. According to a study in Fertility and Sterility, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, found that stress negatively impacts a woman's chances of becoming pregnant using fertility treatments. The study followed 151 women from different fertility clinics throughout California over the course of five years. The amount of stress the study participants were feeling influenced the number of eggs retrieved and fertilized, the number of embryos transferred the birth weight of the baby, and the likelihood of multiple pregnancies.

If stress is the common enemy, what is the solution? Breathwork meditation.

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Breathwork is an active form of meditation that uses the power of breath to switch our nervous system from a state of stress to a state of relaxation. In this relaxed state, the parasympathetic nervous system blocks stress hormones like adrenaline, prolactin and cortisol, and helps in sexual function, including bringing blood to organs like the ovaries and uterus, and moving the oocyte to the uterus for implantation.

Join my Breathwork Meditation Lab course to learn how this simple, yet powerful guided meditation method that could help you through this time in your life as you look to create a family.

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