Yoga For Fertility

What if you went from 1 in 5 women to 1 IN 2 WOMEN who become pregnant?

What is Yoga For Fertility?

The Fertile Hope Yoga (FHY) program, founded by Erin McCollough, offers a deliberate way of practicing yoga that honors exactly where you are in your cycle no matter if you are trying to conceive naturally or with assisted reproductive technology. Erin’s unique background including 20 years of training in therapeutic yoga and healing arts, 10 years of working hand in hand with Dr. Robert Kiltz (reproductive endocrinologist), and over a decade of teaching yoga for fertility, makes for a program that is well thought out and PROVEN in creating success. 90% of Erin’s yoga for fertility students have achieved pregnancy over the last 10 years. Yoga for fertility not only focuses on sequences of yoga postures that when practiced together create certain physiological effects in the body, but also on the mindset needed around fertility to create success.

Why Practice
Yoga For Fertility?

  • 1. Increased pregnancy rates!!!! (see research below)
  • 2. Improved fertility!!!!
    A. While all physical exercise increases blood flow, some exercises, like running, direct blood primarily to the large skeletal muscles and away from our internal organs. Yoga helps direct blood to the reproductive organs. When we have good blood flow this means increased oxygen, nutrients, hormones and nourishment to the reproductive organs to optimize function and cellular health. Tight muscles can obstruct blood flow as well. Increased blood flow also means a decrease in inflammation. Inflammation is the cause of all disease.
  • 3. Yoga relieves stress, anxiety and depression
    (decrease in stress equals increase rates of pregnancy)!!!!!

    A. Practicing yoga elicits the Relaxation Response (a phenomenon named by Dr. Herbert benson, founder of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute). The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that occurs when a person is deeply relaxed. It interrupts the body’s physical and emotional responses to stress, allowing it to return to a calm, relaxed state. When a person elicits the relaxation response, there is a measurable decrease in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, stress-hormone levels, and muscle tension. It also causes normal waking brain-wave patterns to shift to predominantly slower patterns and pave the way for the hormonal and immune systems to return to normal. The physiology of the relaxation response is mediated by the hypothalamus which also regulates all aspects of reproduction. The relaxation response helps alleviate symptoms of PMS, anxiety, migraines, irritable bowel etc…
    B. Chronic low to high levels of stress increase cortisol production which ultimately pulls on the bank of reproductive hormones, depleting them in order to make stress hormones. This depletion will start to affect fertility, sex drive, energy and mood.
    C. Researchers estimate that some 80% of chronic health problems are exacerbated by stress. Women who are highly stressed and depressed are less likely to become pregnant, either naturally or via assisted reproductive techniques.
  • 4. Feel better, take back control of your life, cope in a positive way, prepare yourself to
    make choices that will contribute to your happiness and health for the rest of your life

What The

  • 1Harvard researcher Ali Domar PhD showed that 55% of infertility patients who participated in her mind-body program for a 10 week period (which included yoga and meditation) conceived compared to 20% in the control group when tested over a year. This means that women increased their chances of pregnancy by 175% or were 3X as likely to get pregnant!
  • 2In one study, 112 women who were visiting their fertility clinic for a new course of treatment were given a psychiatric interview. Of these 112 patients, 40% had anxiety or depression (Chen et al, 2004). Women with female factor infertility who had increased depressive symptoms on day three of their IVF cycle experienced significantly lower pregnancy rates than did women who were not depressed.
  • 3Harvard researcher Ali Domar PhD published a study in the Jornal of the American Medical Women’s Association that showed that 42% of 132 infertility women who participated in a mind-body program conceived within six months of completing the program. Not only that, but the moredepressed a woman was before the program started, themore likely she was to get pregnant after participating in the program.
  • 4In research published in Fertility and Sterility in 2005, experts at the University of California at San Diego reported that stress may play a role in the success of infertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization (IVF). After administering a series of questionnaires designed to measure patients’ stress levels, the researchers found that women who scored highest — indicating the highest levels of stress — had ovulated 20% fewer eggs compared with women who were less stressed. Moreover,of those who were able to produce eggs, those who were most stressed were 20% less likely to achieve fertilization success.
  • 5IVF Study: Mind body techniques such as yoga have also been shown to improve in vitro fertilization success rates by lowering stress hormones. In a behavioral study of 151 women undergoing IVF, birth rates were 93% higher for women with the lowest stress and depression levels. Cooper BC., Gerber, JR., McGettrick, AL., Johnson, JV. (2007) Perceived infertility-related stress correlates with in vitro fertilization outcome. Fertility and Sterility 88(3): 714-717.
  • 6Participation in a two-month yoga class can lead to significant reduction in perceived levels of anxiety in women who suffer from anxiety disorders. This study suggests that yoga can be considered as a complementary therapy or an alternative method for medical therapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
    Javnbakht M, Hejazi Kenari R, Ghasemi M. Effects of yoga on depression and anxiety of women. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2009 May;15(2):102-4

Benefits of Practicing
Yoga For Fertility

  • RELEASE EMOTIONAL TENSIONS and toxins that build up over time when not processed (tension of any kind obstructs energy and blood flow)
  • BALANCE THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM by reducing the levels of stress hormones in the bloodstream
  • DETOXIFIES THE BODY by supporting the lymphatic system
  • IMPROVE DIGESTION AND ASSIMILATION OF NUTRIENTS into the body thereby creating a healthier environment for egg quality and cell growth
  • INCREASES ENERGY AND BLOOD FLOW (nutrients, oxygen, hormones) to the reproductive system, which DECREASES INFLAMMATION and congestion that causes disease.
  • Creates overall health and wellness of reproductive organs and the body, ENHANCING THE FUNCTIONS OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS to create a healthier environment for pregnancy.
  • CREATES CONFIDENCE IN OUR BODY and cultivates a COMPASSIONATE AND TRUSTING relationship with our body, and that we can and are doing to work needed to achieve successful pregnancy
  • REDUCES PHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESSES OF STRESS. These are well recognized through research and studies as known barriers to conceiving. Stress is one of the top barriers to fertility. Yoga reverses the stress response and creates healthy hormone balance. While the stress response is instinctive, the relaxation response must be learned through activities like yoga and breathing.
  • Cultivates emotional and mood stability, REDUCES ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, and, helps to process difficult emotions that can cause blockages to fertility.
  • Boost libido

Benefits Of
Practicing Yoga
In General

  • Improves sleep
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Maintains health of joints and spinal discs
  • Increases overall energy level
  • Improves metabolic efficiency, which helps with weight control
  • Improves mood, reduces anxiety and alleviates depression
  • Reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Increases flexibility and strength

When Should I Start A Yoga For
Fertility Practice?

The Fertile Hope Yoga program was designed so you can start anytime and feel confident the practices will align with exactly where you are at at any stage in your fertility journey process. It does take about 90 days to experience changes at the cellular level in our bodies. So the sooner you start, the better!