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Mind and body program in Tampa helps treat infertility

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Dr. Sandy Goodman Dr. Sandy Goodman

A new study is out linking stress to infertility. Researchers tracked 400 couples for an entire year looking for a bio-marker in saliva linked to stress, and women with high levels of that marker had a tougher time getting pregnant.

"When you don't have a baby it seems like everyone else in the world has a baby you're waiting to find out if you’re pregnant very long days - very stressful days and if there is a letdown that's more stress - yes and you know you have to go through it all over again," said a new mom Mindy Singer.

On her third in-vitro fertilization try, Singer decided to try a mind and body program recommended to her by Dr. Sandy Goodman of the Tampa Reproductive Group.

"We have yoga, acupuncture, meditation, so there are many ways in which we can reduce stress," Dr. Goodman said.

Research now shows stress can stand in the way of medical breakthroughs used to help women become pregnant.

"It's all interconnected," Goodman said. "We cannot separate the mind from the body - and our minds are very powerful they do send off hormonal cascades."

For the new mom Sandy Singer the program helped and she and her husband are the proud parents of Emily Rose.

"When it works it's all worth it, you forget about all the stress that came before it and the waiting, and the disappointment, because it works," Singer says.

Dr. Goodman pointed out that stress is not the only factor leading to infertility and that she doesn't want women taking this study out of perspective, blaming themselves for being "stressed out", and not being able to conceive.

Dr. Goodman says this is just one stepping stone of fertility treatment.

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