Now and Later
by Gayle D. Crespy, Psy.D.
been shown to successfully
symptoms of stress,
anxiety and depression
(Domar et. al. 2000, 1992)
and has been accompanied
almost a doubling of the rates for conception and
successful pregnancy (Domar, et. al 2000). The Mind/Body
Program for Infertility developed by Dr. Alice Domar
provides specific training to reduce stress, increase
relaxation, and build coping skills to help women and
couples better deal with the stress and vicissitudes
Many women find that by using Mind/Body
techniques they better tolerate the physical
discomfort of shots, exams, and invasive medical
procedures. It also helps them to better cope with
the anxiety and fear during the frustrating and often
infuriating times of waiting. For example, waiting to
hear the results of lab work, for the traffic light to
change colors on the way to the doctor's office, for
the elevator finally to reach the right floor, for the
doctor to see you, and for receiving THE phone call!
Frequently, what is overlooked is that the same skills
which women seek in order to increase their chances
of conception are also beneficial long after the
infertility crisis passes. Many women who attend
Mind/Body programs report that their lives have
changed permanently for the better in many ways.
They report being better able to enjoy their
relationships with their partner/spouse, feeling less
stressed at work, more comfortably dealing with the
demands of parenthood, and being better able to
focus their energies on areas of their life that move
them forward along their own life plan.
Mind/Body program attendance appears to provide an
opportunity for individuals to reclaim parts of their
formerly lost selves and to live their lives more fully
by enhancing a sense of self-control. Many of these
benefits are achieved by focusing on
(which properly oxygenates the body), by being more
Mindful (i.e., staying in the present moment,
of ruminating about the past or by being consumed
by worries about the future), and by changing
negative and alarming thoughts into ones that are
more Positive, Truthful, and Fair.
Gayle D. Crespy is a licensed psychologist and
director of the Beh
avioral Management Infertility Program.
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This newsletter is designed to provide you with the
latest fertility news and research so that you can
make the most informed decisions. We carefully
select items that are of special interest for those
dealing with infertility issues and who want to know
more about Mind Body techniques. It is sincerely
hoped that this letter will be of great use to you.
Wait: More women are having babies after 40,
despite medical risks, lifestyle
challenges (3/21/05, Winston-Salem Journal)
Drug Helpful for Polycystic Ovaries (3/17/05,
Reuters Health News-Yahoo)
Fertility Clinic to Offer Patients Mind/Body
Approach (3/8/05, Priority
Program Helps Women
Cope With Infertility Problems (3/2/05,
WRAL.com News-Raleigh, NC)
Experts look at the role stress plays in pregnancy
loss (3/1/05, The Connecticut
Pregnancy (3/1/05, KALB.com, News Channel
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of body mass index, age, and cigarette smoking
with serum testosterone levels
in cycling women undergoing in vitro
fertilization (Fertility and Sterility,
Vol. 83, Iss. 2, Pages: 302-308, February 2005)
and male lifestyle habits and IVF: what is known
and unknown (Human Reproduction
Update, Vol. 11, Iss. 2, Pages:180-204, 2005)
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The balance of vitamins in your diet can affect
fertility. A deficiency in vitamin B6 may affect fertility
by affecting hormonal balance. Vitamin B6 can be
found in protein rich foods, such as eggs, beef, and
chicken, milk products and dark green vegetables,
such as, spinach, broccoli and greens.
Here is a Flank Steak recipe rich in vitamin
1 1/2 lb flank steak; 1 tsp ground pepper; 1 clove
minced garlic; 1 tsp oilive oil; 1 tbsp balsamic
Rub steak with pepper and garlic.
Heat oil in a skillet. Add steak and cook until desired
degree of doneness. Baste with vinegar. Serve with a
side of steamed broccoli and a baked potato. This
recipe yields six 3 ounce servings.
Vianna, MS is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified
|Does Acupuncture Hurt?
People experience needling differently. Acupuncture
needles are sterile, disposable needles which are hair-
thin. The end of an acupuncture needle is smooth
and rounded. Insertion is rarely painful, but if any
sensation is experienced during insertion, it is often
compared to a mosquito bite and disappears very
quickly. Once the needles are in the body, people
describe their sensations as warming, heavy, numb or
tingling. Most patients can relax during an
acupuncture treatment, and most fall asleep.
Following treatment it is common to feel a
tremendous sense of relaxation and
Schulte, MA, MS, L.Ac. Board certified licensed
acupuncturist, Full Circle
Family Care, LLC
Fashion Trend Setters
I remember I had a friend who was over my house
doing some home repairs a few years back. He asked
me "So, what do you and the other women talk
about in your fertility yoga classes?" "Oh you know"
I replied "Ovaries, and sperm quality and fallopian
tubes --the usual". My response to him was half
tongue-in-cheek and all truth. His reaction was that
of embarrassment and (I think) horror. I was
surprised at his reaction. So entrenched was I in
this world of fertility that I did not realize how much
we have normalized a very changed notion of
conception: how it is not unusual for us to know
every detail of a friend's cycle, hormone levels,
medication, blood count, for example and how it is
not unusual to use acronyms like ICSI, FSH, IVF in
our every day discussions. Are we up to our ovaries
in a new pregnancy mainstream? Perhaps we are
because after all, it is not unusual that when women
today get pregnant naturally, it is now considered
getting pregnant the 'old-fashioned way'. So then
are fertility procedures considered the 'new-
fashion'? If the answer to that is "yes" then I
suppose that makes us all fashion trend setters.
Hmm, that's kind of nice. Well, food for thought and
you can file this under "Just one more thing to think
Monica Morell, PhD, www.fertilityoga.
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years to recommend Mind Body books, relaxation
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