We are excited to announce that a new study from Fertility Centers of Illinois and Pulling Down the Moon found that online yoga and in-person yoga are equally effective in reducing anxiety among infertility patients with at least one failed IVF cycle or miscarriage.
The Yoga for Fertility ™ program patients participated in included six weekly meetings. For those attending classes, the meetings involved a 90-minute fertility yoga class and group discussion. In the online program, participants completed a DVD-instructed yoga class each week on their own and then joined a weekly 45-minute discussion via Skype. Both groups received the Pulling Down the Moon Yoga DVD and “The Infertility Cleanse” book as supplemental study materials.
Yoga classes include a series of yoga postures designed to improve fertility by increasing blood flow into the pelvis, releasing stress and anxiety and balancing life energy flow in the body.
After a six-week yoga program anxiety was reduced by up to 26 percent for those in an online yoga class and 23 percent for those in an in-person yoga program. This is very promising – many women are unable to attend but can now experience the same benefits by practicing at home.
This is the first study of its kind to demonstrate a reduction in stress through a remote mechanism, and it further reinforces the benefit of group discussion in reducing stress.
The study is being shared with the national fertility community at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting and was conducted by Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron of Fertility Centers of Illinois and Beth Heller of Pulling Down the Moon.
If you are going through treatment and would like to reduce the stress that can accompany fertility assistance, we encourage you to learn more about the Yoga for Fertility program or join one of the upcoming programs below:
Chicago Weekend: Yoga for Fertility 6 Week Series with Diana
starting Sunday, November 12th from 11:00am-12:30pm
Chicago Weekday: Yoga for Fertility 6 Week Series with Alison
starting Monday, November 13th from 5:30-7:00pm
Online: Yoga for Fertility 6 Week Series with Beth
starting Monday, November 13th from 5:00-5:45pm
Highland Park: Yoga for Fertility 6 Week Series with Cassie
starting Tuesday, November 14th from 5:45-7:15pm
We also hope you will join us at a monthly support group at Fertility Centers of Illinois on the third Saturday of every month at the River North location. To learn more about what to expect when visiting the support group, click here.
Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are. Let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.
You cannot always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.
The Team at Fertility Centers of Illinois