How Yoga Can Help During Fertility Treatment
And How You Can Help Me Make It A Reality
If you’ve had trouble conceiving and tried all the things or perhaps you are LGBTQ+ intended parents then you’re probably at a point in your life where you are now looking into fertility treatment options. Assisted Reproductive Technology aka ART is fertility treatment like IVF, IUI, donor conception, surrogacy to name a few. That’s a lot of acronyms right? This is just the tip of the iceberg that many people are presented with when facing fertility challenges and realities. A reality that is not easy to handle and with so many options and acronyms it’s enough to make anyone feel crazy.
The reality is that fertility treatment for many people is the last resort or the only one. Fertility treatment is incredibly expensive. In fact, on average one cycle of IVF will set you back $12,000 but it can range anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 (source). That’s just for one cycle and for many people it’s out of pocket so it can double that because it’s a multiple step process with no guarantee of success.
Questions to consider:
Is there a fertility clinic nearby?
What is the clinic’s success rate?
Does insurance cover it? What does it cover?
Do I have a strong support system in my life?
Are there grants or scholarships available?
Is the health center/organization LGBTQ+ friendly?
What qualifications are needed to receive a grant or scholarship?
Will my employer support me missing days from work for fertility treatment appointments?
Are there egg/sperm donor banks or programs near me?
How long is the process to find a donor?
You get the point right?!
It is emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially draining. The process without a doubt takes a toll on anyone’s mental health and can be very physically invasive. Studies show that couples facing fertility challenges and realities have higher rates of depression (source).
The journey to parenthood is not for the faint of heart.
In my humble opinion, fertility yoga should be standard protocol and part of fertility patients healthcare plan. There are several benefits to yoga but have you ever considered fertility yoga? It’s a newer concept and through my digging I’ve only come across very few fertility yoga classes that are inclusive or tailored to people going through fertility treatments. It’s great for creating mindful movement in the body, calming to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, create more blood flow in the body, and can help reduce stress (source). All of them are wonderful benefits that can aid a person going through fertility treatment. If any gland in the endocrine system is out of balance, it can have a negative impact on fertility. Speaking in terms of energy, the pelvic area is not only the center for reproduction but that’s our center for creativity. If you hold a lot of spiritual wounds, tension, stuff emotions then the pelvic area will store it making it difficult to release. If you sit for long periods of time it’s also creating stagnation and constricting blood flow to other organs.
I know yoga has helped me tremendously over the last decade and became even more of a necessity after I experienced ovarian and back surgery within two years. With all that being said, I’m ready to level up and need your help.
HELP MY VISION BECOME A REALITY
I recently applied to a Yoga Teacher Training Program in my area and received a partial scholarship. You can imagine how thrilled I am! I immediately jumped for the opportunity when I saw that one of my favorite yoga studios People’s Yoga is going to offer a yoga teacher training program. I didn’t just want to take any program. I wanted a program whose values I felt I aligned with. Their program offers a “mindful and community focused approach to bridging yoga with social change”. They include topics in the training like: accessibility + inclusivity, building community focused wellness spaces, curanderismo/a + decolonizing health and wellness. I want to be able to help people going through fertility challenges and realities find healing through yoga.
I hope in the future to be in a place where I can further my craft and unique services to include yoga that centers womb healing for menstrual cycles or moon cycles, period pain, fertility treatment and so on.
In solidarity and love,