The Mind-Body Programme for Infertility counteracts the negative impact of stress on fertility. “Depression and anxiety are associated with lower fertility rates in both men and women. Thus practicing stress management is associated with significantly lower levels of depression and anxiety,” says Alice Domar, PhD, Executive Director at the Domar Center.
Sally tried five IUIs and two IVF cycles at the age of 36, but none of them worked. She went to Domar Center and after two years, finally got pregnant. “I gained a lot of support and strength from talking to other women who were struggling with similar issues.” Domar counsels couples on modifying lifestyle habits, such as exercise and caffeine intake, to increase chances of conception. “The programme is ten sessions, designed for women, but partners attend three of the ten sessions,” continues Domar. As the name suggests, the Mind-Body Programme “complements conventional medicine and works in harmony to provide a greater level of well-being than either might achieve alone.” The treatment methods include support groups, cognitive behavioural therapy and acupuncture.