Fertility News and Research Update
InfertilityBlues.com e-Publication November 2004

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Think Positive,
Feel Positive

Fertility News

Fertility Research

Fertility Recipe

Is Yoga For Me?

Local Group Forming

Mind Body Store


Think Positive,
Feel Positive

It is common among women living with infertility to experience recurring negative thoughts like -- "I waited too long," and "There must be something wrong with me." Can these thoughts interfere with a woman's ability to conceive and sustain a healthy pregnancy? No direct biological mechanism is likely to exist; however, these thoughts can have a negative impact on a woman's overall mood state by contributing toward feelings of worry, anxiety, sadness and hopelessness. Studies have shown that women with higher levels of distress and depression experience conditions that are less than optimal for conceiving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Fortunately, there are very effective techniques to counter recurring negative thoughts. You may want to try the following two-step process of interrupting negative thoughts and then countering them with more neutral and realistic ones.

Let's begin with: Creating Alternative Thoughts. Make a list of your top ten recurrent negative thoughts. Next, take the role of supportive scientist who calmly evaluates all the evidence. Then write down 2-3 alternative responses for each negative thought. For example: Instead of "I waited too long," you might come up with, "I made the best decisions that I could with the information that I had!" And, instead of: "There must be something wrong with me," you might come up with "I am learning more about myself everyday and I try to made sound decisions based on what I know." Once you have your list of alternative statements, begin to use them when the negative thoughts arise.

Now, Step Two: Thought Stopping. While it is nearly impossible to prevent negative thoughts from entering our consciousness, much can be done to interrupt them and shortening their duration. One technique for interrupting them is as soon as you experience a negative idea, say to yourself (either in your head or out loud), "STOP!!!" I also suggest that either in combination with saying "STOP!!!" or as a separate technique conjure up the image of a large, red, stop sign. If the stop sign doesn't work you may want to wear a thin rubber band on your wrist (though not too tight, the idea is to get your attention, not to hurt yourself!) and snap it lightly to interrupt the negative thought process.

After you interrupt the negative thought, you can begin to tell yourself one of the more realistic and positive alternative thoughts that you came up with. Over time, if you methodically use this technique, you can begin to interrupt the negative thoughts sooner and replace them with less distressing ones earlier. This process can positively impact mood and can reduce levels of both distress and depression.

Best of luck,
Gayle D. Crespy, Psy.D.
Program Director

Mind Body Infertility Program ....

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.

  • Fertility News
  • Alternatives for those dealing with infertility (10/8/04, Stoughton Journal)

    Study : Endometriosis Possibly Linked To Diet (10/5/04, WBAL-TV-MSNBC)

    Baltimore Sun Examines 'Dilemma' Over Whether To Continue Taking Antidepressants During Pregnancy (10/5/04, Kaiser Network News)

    Stress treatments may help fertility (10/3/04, San Jose Mercury News)

    Couples having fertility troubles might try acupuncture and meditation (10/1/04, BloggingBaby)

    View More News Items...
  • Fertility Research
  • Current recommendations for the diagnostic evaluation and follow-up of patients presenting with symptomatic polycystic ovary syndrome (Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Vol. 18, Iss. 5, Pages 813-823, October 2004)

    Does ovarian hyperstimulation in intrauterine insemination for cervical factor subfertility improve pregnancy rates? (Human Reproduction, Vol. 19, Iss. 10, Pages: 2263-2266, 2004)

    View More Research Items...
  • Fertility Recipe
  • Approximately 20-70% of women with PCOS also have insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone which regulates glucose and fat metabolism. Insulin resistance is an impaired response to insulin. Insulin resistance may be the cause of type 2 diabetes mellitus. As many as 40% of patients with PCOs develop type 2 diabetes by age 40. Therefore, it may be prudent for those with PCOS to alter their diet and exercise programs in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Here is a sweet dessert that is low in calories and sugar.

    Chocolate Cream Mousse

    1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
    1/2 tsp cocoa powder
    1 tsp of equal or splenda

    Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, Spoon in two cups and refrigerate until dessert time.
    - Maria Biasucci-Vianna, MS, Nutritionist

  • Is Yoga For Me?
  • The practice of yoga, which has been around for thousands of years, can be helpful in many aspects of life, including infertility. You don't have to be a pretzel to do yoga. Everyone can do it. Every individual's physical, emotional and spiritual being is different and you may move in and out of the poses differently than another because of who you are. What may feel comfortable for one may not feel comfortable to another. I suggest "steady and comfortable". Do what makes you feel comfortable.

    By combining stretching movements with breath- work, yoga will help you make that mind/body connection often lost somewhere in the translation of our infertility treatments. When seeking out a yoga center or teacher, find one that makes you feel comfortable and safe. Remember, it is advisable for anyone receiving infertility treatment to consult with a physician prior to practicing yoga or begining any new exercise regimen. Read more at Resolve.
    -Monica Morell, PhD, www.fertilityoga.com

    Monica has an excellent yoga video ...
  • Local Group Forming
  • 10-Session Mind/Body Group: Enhancing Fertility and Overcoming the Infertility Blues

    Program Includes: Stress Awareness "Mini" Relaxation Exercises Relaxation Response Training Yoga Class Breathing Exercises Guided Imagery Deep Muscle Relaxation Stress Triggers Nutritionist Talk Exercise Information Positive Restructuring Challenging Cognitive Distortions

    Group Begins: January 11, 2005, Tuesday's 6:30- 9:00pm. Location: White Plains, NY

    Registration Information...
  • Mind Body Store
  • After receiving many requests over the past few years to recommend Mind Body books, relaxation tapes, and videos, we decided to put together our Mind Body Store.

    Visit the Mind Body Store...
    Phone Number: 914.584.4460

    Behavioral Management Infertility Program | 10 Rye Ridge Plaza | Suite 107 | Rye Brook | NY | 10573


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