Trying to fall pregnant when it’s not happening can be frustrating, stressful and time-consuming.
If you feel like you’ve tried everything and are unsure what to do next, you may want to look into Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
Women’s Hormone and Natural Fertility expert, Michelle McCosker, explains how stress could be what’s hindering couples chances of falling pregnant.
What is EFT?
Relieving stress at any time is a positive, but when dealing with infertility it can benefit your chances of conceiving.
McCosker says, “When I ask them about how stressful their lives are, how stressed they feel about falling pregnant or the stress of the financial commitment to conceive, it’s usually quite high. The persistent inability to conceive can also eat away at their self-esteem.”
This leads us to EFT which is an interventional tool combining elements of exposure and cognitive therapy, and somatic stimulation. Sounds complicated but it’s actually quite straightforward.
EFT is achieved through tapping certain stimulation points on the surface of the body (acupressure points on your face and upper body). This then releases emotions.
If you’ve ever had acupuncture, you may have noticed emotions arise during treatment, this is because those stimulation points are where you hold your emotions. EFT is similar but is non-invasive.
A study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Oxford supports the widespread belief that stress may reduce a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant.
The fourth annual Women’s Health Survey showed that 66.9 % of women felt nervous, anxious or on edge for more than seven days in the last four weeks.
Using EFT as a stress reliever due to fertility, being a busy mum with no time, or even everyday life stressors, at ease.
“Majority of clients feel a shift after just a single one-hour session, others may need a couple of sessions to work through a series of stressors,” McCosker said.
The results of a meta-analysis of 20 different studies show that Clinical EFT is highly effective in reducing depressive symptoms in a variety of populations and settings.
The post-test effect size for EFT was larger than that measured in meta-analyses of antidepressant drug trials and psychotherapy studies.
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