Understanding the Role of the Subconscious Mind in Fertility
There is nothing worse when you are finally ready to get pregnant and your body doesn’t play ball. Of course, it’s important to investigate physical reasons fertility may be impacted such as hormone balance, blood sugar, and health issues like PCOS and endometriosis. However, it’s also essential to make sure there aren’t any subconscious blocks preventing someone from getting pregnant.
Let’s start with your mind. Your subconscious mind controls all of your involuntary bodily functions, your heart beating, your lungs breathing, your digestion as well as your reproductive system. You can’t physically control getting pregnant, you have sex and hope your body will or won’t allow it to happen.
We spend most of our lives trying not to get pregnant. We hear our mothers or other women saying kids ruined their lives, ruined their bodies, that pregnancy was awful, childbirth was the worst thing they have ever experienced and that their sex life hasn’t been the same since. All of this all goes into our subconscious, and our subconscious creates programs out of everything that we hear, and everything that happens to us. Like an operating system. Getting pregnant and having a baby can become a negative program, even if we don’t realise it.
We may have trauma from childhood or our teenage years that is blocking us from getting pregnant. The thought of getting pregnant as a teenager strikes a paralysing fear to our core. We may have had a terrible relationship with our parents, or a previous relationship, and so subconsciously you don’t want to repeat that pattern. Even though consciously all we can think about is getting pregnant and having a baby.
We may be afraid we have left it too late; we could be telling ourselves that we are too old to have a baby. Or if we do get pregnant, there could be something wrong with it. Or with secondary infertility, you may have had a traumatic miscarriage, pregnancy or childbirth with your first child. Or your newborn baby screamed all the time and never slept. And you told yourself “This is hell!” Andas a result, you have this conflict between the subconscious and conscious mind.
Consciously you want to have a baby, but if your subconscious mind doesn’t believe it’s safe for you to have a baby, it will do everything in its power to prevent that. That’s your subconscious mind’s number one job – to keep you safe and alive.
Many studies have now proven that our subconscious thoughts and beliefs about conception, pregnancy, childbirth and raising kids can block our ability to conceive because of both conscious and subconscious negative beliefs and fears.
A recent study published in The British Medical Journal took a group of women who were experiencing difficulty with conceiving and split them into two groups. One group was taught to change their negative beliefs about their chances of conceiving with a positive idea that they would easily become pregnant. 50% became pregnant.
The other group, the control group of the study, was given typical advice on how to get pregnant. Only 1 out of 5 conceived in the group that received the standard instructions. So, by replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts, the rate of pregnancy went up from 20% to 50%.
Harvard Medical School also ran a similar study with a group of women struggling to conceive and taught them to replace negative beliefs with positive ones. 55% of the group successfully had a baby compared to only 20% of the control group.
The Importance of Female Orgasm in Fertility
Another question to ask is how good is your sex life? Sex can become very clinical when you’re trying to get pregnant. They have found that female orgasm may be very important when it comes to fertility.
Women retain more semen when she has an orgasm either one minute before her partner and up to 45 minutes after. Therefore, more sperm makes it into the uterus as well as the fallopian tubes which increase your chances of getting pregnant. As a pig farmer, you can buy a vibrator to help with the process of artificial insemination. Farmers have found that if the female pig is sexually stimulated, while being inseminated, she has more piglets.
The Competition Factor for Men
Studies show for men, if they watch an “adult” movie with two or more men and one woman, their sperm motility goes up. Scientists call this the competition factor. This could be a problem for men getting their sperm tested, as they go to the clinic, and most of the time they watch pornography which can make their sperm motility test higher than it is in their normal life. For men, carrying a cellphone in your pocket can lower sperm count, sperm motility as well as testosterone levels.
The Impact of Endometriosis on Fertility
When I was trying to get pregnant with my second baby, I went to a naturopath since it seemed to be taking longer than I expected. I had been diagnosed with endometriosis when I was 16 and had issues with it ever since. I had 2 surgeries for it and didn’t think it was something I would ever be free of. When I told the naturopath I had it, she explained to me that she believed that endometriosis was caused by parasites.
I was horrified and offended. She asked me how I thought the uterine lining was travelling outside of the uterus? She asked if I grind my teeth (which I did) which is another sign of parasites. It actually made sense. I started a parasite cleanse that day not really believing I actually had parasites. But I did… the evidence was clear a few days later in the toilet. I freaked out but felt that worms were better out than in. I stopped grinding my teeth and I got pregnant the next month and have never had symptoms of endometriosis again.
Overcoming Fertility Blocks: Strategies and Techniques
- Write a list of everything you’re afraid of in regard to getting pregnant, birth, and raising children. And then, right out another list of positive beliefs, which counteract the negative fears. Tell yourself those new positive beliefs every day.
- Be careful with your words. Saying “Trying for a baby” implies you may fail. Say “I’m making a baby” instead of “We are creating a baby.”
Boosting Fertility with the Right Supplements
NAC has been found to improve fertility in a number of ways. Sperm and ovarian eggs are highly susceptible to oxidative stress produced by our bodies in response to environmental triggers, such as smoking, pollution, and poor dietary choices.
By enhancing glutathione and antioxidant environment of the body, NAC can help save these delicate fertility cells from becoming dysfunctional and damaged by these oxidative factors. Therefore, men and women who are experiencing difficulty with fertility can benefit from using NAC as part of their supportive treatment.
NAC has also been found to help fertility for women diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a large contributor to fertility troubles in women, largely by the changes that happen to the body with this condition, including irregular or lack of ovulation,increased testosterone, and high susceptibility for diabetes (insulin resistance).
NAC has been found to help women with PCOS improve their fertility outcomes by regulating blood sugar by improving insulin sensitivity and reducing high insulin as well as reducing testosterone levels in the blood.
NAC can also help enhance the effects of fertility medications, particularly the ones that stimulate ovulation, making it a great therapy to use in conjunction with fertility medications in cases where they are needed.
Fertility Supplements For Women
Vitex – 400-800 mgs every morning (stop taking during your period) boosts progesterone.
Inositol – 1000 mg to help insulin resistance.
If you have endometriosis, I recommend using Parastroy by Natures Secret or IntestinalCleanse by Harker Herbals.
Supplements For Both Women And Men
200 mg selenium, 30 mgs Zinc Bisglycinate, Folate 400 mg
Fertility Supplements For Men
Vitamin C 2000 mg/day(increases sperm count 129% in 2 months, increases sperm motility 39% in 2 months, improves sperm morphology 114% in 2 months).
Vitamin D (men low in vitamin D have lower sperm counts, sperm motility, sperm morphology) 5000 ui
Pycnogenol 100 mg/day (improves sperm morphology by 38% in 90 days as well as strengthening erections).
Dietary Changes to Improve Fertility
A balanced diet plays a crucial role in enhancing fertility. Consuming nutrient-rich foods can help regulate hormones and improve reproductive health. Incorporate foods high in antioxidants, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains, which can help protect the body’s cells from damage. Foods rich in fiber can help remove excess hormones and maintain blood sugar. Lean proteins, like fish, poultry, and beans, can also support fertility. Moreover, consider cutting back on processed foods and sugars, which can have a negative impact on your health and fertility. Hydration is also key, so ensure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
The Role of Stress in Fertility and Ways to Manage It
Stress can significantly impact fertility in both men and women. It can disrupt the hormonal balance, which can lead to irregular menstrual cycles and affect sperm production. Chronic stress can also lead to lifestyle habits that negatively impact fertility, such as poor diet, lack of sleep, and increased alcohol consumption. Managing stress is therefore essential for improving fertility. Techniques such as mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can help reduce stress levels. Regular physical activity is also a great stress reliever. Moreover, seeking support from a therapist or joining a support group can provide emotional relief and help manage stress.
Exercises to Enhance Fertility
Regular exercise can help improve fertility by boosting overall health and helping maintain a healthy weight. Weight extremes, both high and low, can disrupt menstrual cycles and ovulation, affecting fertility. Moderate-intensity exercises like brisk walking, swimming, or cycling can be beneficial. Yoga and Pilates can also be excellent choices as they focus on flexibility and core strength while also helping reduce stress. However, it’s important not to overdo it, as excessive exercise can negatively impact fertility. Always listen to your body and consult with a healthcare provider to determine the best exercise routine for you.
Lifestyle Changes for Improved Fertility
Adopting a healthy lifestyle is key to improving fertility. This includes getting enough sleep, as lack of sleep can disrupt hormones and affect fertility. Avoiding harmful substances like alcohol, caffeine, and illicit drugs is also crucial, as these can interfere with conception and healthy pregnancies. Quitting smoking is another important step, as smoking can decrease fertility and increase the risk of miscarriage. Regular check-ups can help monitor your health and detect any potential issues early. Lastly, consider environmental factors like exposure to harmful chemicals or radiation, which can affect fertility. Making these lifestyle changes can create a healthier environment for conception and pregnancy.