More stress less babies

Times Newspaper, 1989

Doctors working at a new test-tube baby clinic in Essex have discovered a link between unexplained infertility – where medical investigations fail to show any reason for childlessness – and stress.

Dr Gowrie Motha and Dr Michael Ah-Moye, from Holly House Hospital in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, say that tension can prevent pregnancy because “stress is controlled by the hypothalamus gland in the brain which also regulates fertility hormones. Production of these hormones can become blocked by stress.”

Couples suffering from unexplained infertility have been taking part in four-week natural-relaxation course called Preparation for Fertility, in which they learn the art of aromatherapy, self-hypnosis and massage. After being taught the techniques by experts, they are then encouraged to practise their skills at home.

Already Dr Motha – who has been using relaxation therapy for years – is claiming a 50-60 per cent pregnancy success rate. As she explains: “Part of the relaxation course involves putting each childless woman in touch with what it feels like to be a mother.

“Every time a woman who longs for a baby looks into a pram, she feels envious and these awful feelings once again block off her hypothalamus and create a barrier to pregnancy. WE have to teach her to believe that she will have a baby of her own, “she adds.

The Preparation for Fertility course costs £150 for four weekly sessions and is suitable for couples suffering form unexplained infertility. For more details, write to Holly House Hospital, High Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5HX (tel: 01-505 3311).

Times Newspaper, 1989

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