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Mind Body Medicine Therapies for Fertility

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Updated August 31, 2012

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Meditation for Fertility as a Mind-Body Medicine
Meditation can help calm your mind and reduce stress.

Meditation can help calm your mind and reduce stress.

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Meditation involves gently encouraging the mind to move away from the typically rushed, worrying state, and instead come into a calmer, more relaxed, focused state of being.

Some people mistakenly believe that meditation is only about "clearing the mind" of all thoughts, but that is only one kind of meditative practice. Meditation can also be about letting your thoughts flow, without trying to stop or focus on one specific idea. Or meditation can be about focusing on your breathing or repeating quietly a specific mantra (a meaningful word or phrase).

Meditation is not a common part of mind-body fertility programs, and not much research has been done specifically about infertility. However, a good deal of research has been done on the relaxation effect of meditation, and how it can help those dealing with chronic illnesses feel more focused and calm.

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