Mind-Body Strategies to Reduce Stress of Infertility & Improve Mental Health


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Research has shown that our mental state affects the outcomes of treatment in all disease conditions, including infertility, where it may decrease the chances of conception. Couples dealing with infertility go through immense stress, often times severe depression, as the follow up and treatment of infertility itself may cause anxiety and depression. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we are talking to practising psychologist Dr. Alice Domar, a pioneer in the field of mind/body medicine, director of integrative care at Boston IVF and associate professor of reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. She conducts ongoing ground-breaking research which focuses on the relationship between stress and various medical conditions, the impact of cognitive behavioral interventions, as well as the impact of lifestyle habits on mental and physical health. She has been a keynote speaker and workshop leader at conferences worldwide. In this talk, Dr. Domar will highlight effective mind-body strategies to reduce stress, decrease physical/psychological symptoms of infertility in men and women, and develop a positive mental state which may increase the chances of conception.

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