The Fertile Mind: fertility from the inside out
Bonus: Interview with comedian Rhod Gilbert

Bonus: Interview with comedian Rhod Gilbert

January 28, 2021

Infertility is far more common than we think. It can feel like a very lonely journey but we never know who around us is having a similar experience. On in six couples struggle to conceive. Over 50% of infertility cases involve male infertility either solely or in-conjunction with female infertility. So why is it there is so little support specifically for men? In this episode comedian, TV and radio host Rhod Gilbert shares his experience of being diagnosed with fertility problems and how it felt to be suddenly immersed into the world of fertility.

Rhod has created an awesome TV documentary called Stand Up to Infertility is on BBC Wales on  Monday 25th January, 9pm and then on iPlayer and also being broadcast BBC2 in the UK on 30th January, 9.40pm. I am sorry I’m not sure how you access BBC content outside the UK!

On the back of Rhod’s experience he started a campaign to get more men talking and getting more support for men on the fertility journey:

https://www.himfertility.com

 

This is a private Facebook Infertility Support Group group for men:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/mensfertilitysupport/

 

Fertility Network UK is UK based charity providing support and resources for those experiencing infertility. 

https://fertilitynetworkuk.org

 

Resolve is a similar charity in the US:

https://resolve.org

Get in touch:

www.thefertilemind.net

russell@thefertilemind.net

About the Show:

I help women and couples remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant. Based on my and my wife’s 10 year fertility journey and the work of my clients I believe too many couples have IVF unnecessarily and that the success rate of IVF is unnecessarily low. We can see how much our mind and emotions played a part in our fertility journey and when we found a place of peace without giving up that’s when the magic happened - we conceived naturally against all odds. I help me clients do the same - remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant naturally or getting the successful IVF outcome they so want. 
 
When I ask women what having a baby will give them they usually say a sense of completeness, love and purpose. It’s our fear of not having these things, a fear of not being enough, worthy that tends to be behind our fear of not having a baby. These limiting beliefs have usually been around since an early age and infertility shines a spotlight on them. Many of my clients have strived for success in their life whether career or other things. That approach doesn’t work for fertility. In fact it puts tension in the body which decreases their chances of success.
 
The podcast is short does of insight, giving women and couples new perspectives that allows them to see their fertility from the ‘inside-out’. To see help them let go of their insecure thoughts and feelings and connect to their innate wellbeing that knows they are enough and OK whatever happens. This moves having a baby from being a ’need’ to to a desire. It takes the pressure of the process and their mind and body relax into it’s natural flow state. Stress can impact the delicate balance of hormones required for a successful pregnancy.
Myth: I am Broken

Myth: I am Broken

January 25, 2021

This week we look at the fifth and sixth of the the seven deadly myths that stop us having more resilience, peace, control, flow and happiness in life and on our fertility journey. 

 

These myths that mean we are more likely to feel anxious, scared and angry, all the things that can actually be impacting our fertility and chances of getting pregnant.

This weeks myths are ‘I am broken’ and that there must be something wrong with me. It’s natural to think these things when our bodies aren’t doing what we naturally expect them to do. But is it true? Is it a self-fulfilling prophesy?

Get in touch:

www.thefertilemind.net

russell@thefertilemind.net

About the Show:

I help women and couples remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant. Based on my and my wife’s 10 year fertility journey and the work of my clients I believe too many couples have IVF unnecessarily and that the success rate of IVF is unnecessarily low. We can see how much our mind and emotions played a part in our fertility journey and when we found a place of peace without giving up that’s when the magic happened - we conceived naturally against all odds. I help me clients do the same - remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant naturally or getting the successful IVF outcome they so want. 
 
When I ask women what having a baby will give them they usually say a sense of completeness, love and purpose. It’s our fear of not having these things, a fear of not being enough, worthy that tends to be behind our fear of not having a baby. These limiting beliefs have usually been around since an early age and infertility shines a spotlight on them. Many of my clients have strived for success in their life whether career or other things. That approach doesn’t work for fertility. In fact it puts tension in the body which decreases their chances of success.
 
The podcast is short does of insight, giving women and couples new perspectives that allows them to see their fertility from the ‘inside-out’. To see help them let go of their insecure thoughts and feelings and connect to their innate wellbeing that knows they are enough and OK whatever happens. This moves having a baby from being a ’need’ to to a desire. It takes the pressure of the process and their mind and body relax into it’s natural flow state. Stress can impact the delicate balance of hormones required for a successful pregnancy.
Myth: ‘I’m OK When…’

Myth: ‘I’m OK When…’

January 18, 2021

This week we look at the third and fourth of the the seven deadly myths that stop us having more resilience, peace, control, flow and happiness in life and on our fertility journey.

These myths that mean we are more likely to feel anxious, scared and angry, all the things that can actually be impacting our fertility and chances of getting pregnant.

This weeks myths are ‘I’m OK when…’ and positive thinking is useful. Let’s see how we can see through these myths and connect to our innate resources and bring flow back to our mind and bodies.

Get in touch:

www.thefertilemind.net

russell@thefertilemind.net

About the Show:

I help women and couples remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant. Based on my and my wife’s 10 year fertility journey and the work of my clients I believe too many couples have IVF unnecessarily and that the success rate of IVF is unnecessarily low. We can see how much our mind and emotions played a part in our fertility journey and when we found a place of peace without giving up that’s when the magic happened - we conceived naturally against all odds. I help me clients do the same - remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant naturally or getting the successful IVF outcome they so want. 
 
When I ask women what having a baby will give them they usually say a sense of completeness, love and purpose. It’s our fear of not having these things, a fear of not being enough, worthy that tends to be behind our fear of not having a baby. These limiting beliefs have usually been around since an early age and infertility shines a spotlight on them. Many of my clients have strived for success in their life whether career or other things. That approach doesn’t work for fertility. In fact it puts tension in the body which decreases their chances of success.
 
The podcast is short does of insight, giving women and couples new perspectives that allows them to see their fertility from the ‘inside-out’. To see help them let go of their insecure thoughts and feelings and connect to their innate wellbeing that knows they are enough and OK whatever happens. This moves having a baby from being a ’need’ to to a desire. It takes the pressure of the process and their mind and body relax into it’s natural flow state. Stress can impact the delicate balance of hormones required for a successful pregnancy.
Myth: X Makes Me Feel Y

Myth: X Makes Me Feel Y

January 11, 2021

This week we look at the second of the the seven deadly myths that stop us having more resilience, peace, control, flow and happiness in life and on our fertility journey.

These myths that mean we are more likely to feel anxious, scared and angry, all the things that can actually be impacting our fertility and chances of getting pregnant.

This weeks myth is X makes me feel Y. That our experience is caused by our situation. Things happen to us that makes use feel how we feel. That makes sense, but is it true?

Get in touch:

www.thefertilemind.net

russell@thefertilemind.net

About the Show:

I help women and couples remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant. Based on my and my wife’s 10 year fertility journey and the work of my clients I believe too many couples have IVF unnecessarily and that the success rate of IVF is unnecessarily low. We can see how much our mind and emotions played a part in our fertility journey and when we found a place of peace without giving up that’s when the magic happened - we conceived naturally against all odds. I help me clients do the same - remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant naturally or getting the successful IVF outcome they so want. 
 
When I ask women what having a baby will give them they usually say a sense of completeness, love and purpose. It’s our fear of not having these things, a fear of not being enough, worthy that tends to be behind our fear of not having a baby. These limiting beliefs have usually been around since an early age and infertility shines a spotlight on them. Many of my clients have strived for success in their life whether career or other things. That approach doesn’t work for fertility. In fact it puts tension in the body which decreases their chances of success.
 
The podcast is short does of insight, giving women and couples new perspectives that allows them to see their fertility from the ‘inside-out’. To see help them let go of their insecure thoughts and feelings and connect to their innate wellbeing that knows they are enough and OK whatever happens. This moves having a baby from being a ’need’ to to a desire. It takes the pressure of the process and their mind and body relax into it’s natural flow state. Stress can impact the delicate balance of hormones required for a successful pregnancy.
Myth: Thinking Is Useful

Myth: Thinking Is Useful

January 4, 2021

In this weeks episode we begin a series looking at the seven deadly myths that stop us having more resilience, peace, control, flow and happiness in life and on our fertility journey.

The myths that mean we are more likely to feel anxious, scared and angry, all the things that can actually be impacting our fertility and chances of getting pregnant.

The first myth is that thinking is useful. Surely we need our thinking to navigate life? How can thinking be unhelpful or impact my fertility? Let’s find out!

Get in touch:

www.thefertilemind.net

russell@thefertilemind.net

About the Show:

I help women and couples remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant. Based on my and my wife’s 10 year fertility journey and the work of my clients I believe too many couples have IVF unnecessarily and that the success rate of IVF is unnecessarily low. We can see how much our mind and emotions played a part in our fertility journey and when we found a place of peace without giving up that’s when the magic happened - we conceived naturally against all odds. I help me clients do the same - remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant naturally or getting the successful IVF outcome they so want. 
 
When I ask women what having a baby will give them they usually say a sense of completeness, love and purpose. It’s our fear of not having these things, a fear of not being enough, worthy that tends to be behind our fear of not having a baby. These limiting beliefs have usually been around since an early age and infertility shines a spotlight on them. Many of my clients have strived for success in their life whether career or other things. That approach doesn’t work for fertility. In fact it puts tension in the body which decreases their chances of success.
 
The podcast is short does of insight, giving women and couples new perspectives that allows them to see their fertility from the ‘inside-out’. To see help them let go of their insecure thoughts and feelings and connect to their innate wellbeing that knows they are enough and OK whatever happens. This moves having a baby from being a ’need’ to to a desire. It takes the pressure of the process and their mind and body relax into it’s natural flow state. Stress can impact the delicate balance of hormones required for a successful pregnancy.
Shaving your head

Shaving your head

December 29, 2020

Like most people you are probably doing everything you can to improve your fertility and chances of getting pregnant. Whether acupuncture, supplements, tracking your cycle, reflexology etc.

What if I said you need to shave your head?! I shaved my head a few weeks ago, but what has that got to do with your fertility?

How can ‘shaving your head’ improve your chances of getting pregnant?

Get in touch:

www.thefertilemind.net

russell@thefertilemind.net

About the Show:

I help women and couples remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant. Based on my and my wife’s 10 year fertility journey and the work of my clients I believe too many couples have IVF unnecessarily and that the success rate of IVF is unnecessarily low. We can see how much our mind and emotions played a part in our fertility journey and when we found a place of peace without giving up that’s when the magic happened - we conceived naturally against all odds. I help me clients do the same - remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant naturally or getting the successful IVF outcome they so want. 
 
When I ask women what having a baby will give them they usually say a sense of completeness, love and purpose. It’s our fear of not having these things, a fear of not being enough, worthy that tends to be behind our fear of not having a baby. These limiting beliefs have usually been around since an early age and infertility shines a spotlight on them. Many of my clients have strived for success in their life whether career or other things. That approach doesn’t work for fertility. In fact it puts tension in the body which decreases their chances of success.
 
The podcast is short does of insight, giving women and couples new perspectives that allows them to see their fertility from the ‘inside-out’. To see help them let go of their insecure thoughts and feelings and connect to their innate wellbeing that knows they are enough and OK whatever happens. This moves having a baby from being a ’need’ to to a desire. It takes the pressure of the process and their mind and body relax into it’s natural flow state. Stress can impact the delicate balance of hormones required for a successful pregnancy.
Do affirmations work?

Do affirmations work?

December 21, 2020

Affirmations are very popular with people on their fertility journey. What if I were to say affirmations don’t work. Quite a bold statement isn't it?

What about The Secret and the power of manifestation? Well, if The Secret was true, where is my Ferrari?! Advocates would tell me I am not doing it right or not believing in the power of manifestation strong enough.

In this episode we explore whether affirmations work and how they may be holding you back from getting pregnant more than you think.

Get in touch:

www.thefertilemind.net

russell@thefertilemind.net

About the Show:

I help women and couples remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant. Based on my and my wife’s 10 year fertility journey and the work of my clients I believe too many couples have IVF unnecessarily and that the success rate of IVF is unnecessarily low. We can see how much our mind and emotions played a part in our fertility journey and when we found a place of peace without giving up that’s when the magic happened - we conceived naturally against all odds. I help me clients do the same - remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant naturally or getting the successful IVF outcome they so want. 
 
When I ask women what having a baby will give them they usually say a sense of completeness, love and purpose. It’s our fear of not having these things, a fear of not being enough, worthy that tends to be behind our fear of not having a baby. These limiting beliefs have usually been around since an early age and infertility shines a spotlight on them. Many of my clients have strived for success in their life whether career or other things. That approach doesn’t work for fertility. In fact it puts tension in the body which decreases their chances of success.
 
The podcast is short does of insight, giving women and couples new perspectives that allows them to see their fertility from the ‘inside-out’. To see help them let go of their insecure thoughts and feelings and connect to their innate wellbeing that knows they are enough and OK whatever happens. This moves having a baby from being a ’need’ to to a desire. It takes the pressure of the process and their mind and body relax into it’s natural flow state. Stress can impact the delicate balance of hormones required for a successful pregnancy.
How your mind impacts your fertility

How your mind impacts your fertility

December 14, 2020

So how does your mind impact your fertility?

We talk about the mind-body connection. But to me, it’s more than that. The mind and body are one system. There is plenty of research to show how the mind effects the body.

In this episode we are looking at how your mind may be affecting your fertility and how can you harness the mind-body system to improve your chances of success.

Get in touch:

www.thefertilemind.net

russell@thefertilemind.net

About the Show:

I help women and couples remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant. Based on my and my wife’s 10 year fertility journey and the work of my clients I believe too many couples have IVF unnecessarily and that the success rate of IVF is unnecessarily low. We can see how much our mind and emotions played a part in our fertility journey and when we found a place of peace without giving up that’s when the magic happened - we conceived naturally against all odds. I help me clients do the same - remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant naturally or getting the successful IVF outcome they so want. 
 
When I ask women what having a baby will give them they usually say a sense of completeness, love and purpose. It’s our fear of not having these things, a fear of not being enough, worthy that tends to be behind our fear of not having a baby. These limiting beliefs have usually been around since an early age and infertility shines a spotlight on them. Many of my clients have strived for success in their life whether career or other things. That approach doesn’t work for fertility. In fact it puts tension in the body which decreases their chances of success.
 
The podcast is short does of insight, giving women and couples new perspectives that allows them to see their fertility from the ‘inside-out’. To see help them let go of their insecure thoughts and feelings and connect to their innate wellbeing that knows they are enough and OK whatever happens. This moves having a baby from being a ’need’ to to a desire. It takes the pressure of the process and their mind and body relax into it’s natural flow state. Stress can impact the delicate balance of hormones required for a successful pregnancy.
It’s not what you it’s why you do it

It’s not what you it’s why you do it

December 7, 2020

You are probably doing so much to improve your fertility and the chances of having the baby you want. Whether it’s taking your daily temperatures, tracking ovulation, supplements, acupuncture, nutrition etc. etc.

What if some of these things are actually harming your chances of getting pregnant?

In this episode we explore how that might be and what you can do to ensure you are doing the things that serve YOU, YOUR fertility, and your chances of getting pregnant.

Get in touch:

www.thefertilemind.net

russell@thefertilemind.net

About the Show:

I help women and couples remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant. Based on my and my wife’s 10 year fertility journey and the work of my clients I believe too many couples have IVF unnecessarily and that the success rate of IVF is unnecessarily low. We can see how much our mind and emotions played a part in our fertility journey and when we found a place of peace without giving up that’s when the magic happened - we conceived naturally against all odds. I help me clients do the same - remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant naturally or getting the successful IVF outcome they so want. 
 
When I ask women what having a baby will give them they usually say a sense of completeness, love and purpose. It’s our fear of not having these things, a fear of not being enough, worthy that tends to be behind our fear of not having a baby. These limiting beliefs have usually been around since an early age and infertility shines a spotlight on them. Many of my clients have strived for success in their life whether career or other things. That approach doesn’t work for fertility. In fact it puts tension in the body which decreases their chances of success.
 
The podcast is short does of insight, giving women and couples new perspectives that allows them to see their fertility from the ‘inside-out’. To see help them let go of their insecure thoughts and feelings and connect to their innate wellbeing that knows they are enough and OK whatever happens. This moves having a baby from being a ’need’ to to a desire. It takes the pressure of the process and their mind and body relax into it’s natural flow state. Stress can impact the delicate balance of hormones required for a successful pregnancy.
Are you losing hope?

Are you losing hope?

November 30, 2020

This fertility journey can feel so hopeless. Surely having hope that you are going to have the baby you want so much is a good thing? Or is it?

On our fertility journey I was longing for us to have the baby we craved so much. However, that hope, that longing was driven by fear.

What if hope wasn’t actually useful?

How do you stay strong and keep going without hope? What do you do instead?

In this episode we explore how hope may actually be impacting your fertility journey and what is better than having hope. Something that may fast-track your journey to success.

Get in touch:

www.thefertilemind.net

russell@thefertilemind.net

About the Show:

I help women and couples remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant. Based on my and my wife’s 10 year fertility journey and the work of my clients I believe too many couples have IVF unnecessarily and that the success rate of IVF is unnecessarily low. We can see how much our mind and emotions played a part in our fertility journey and when we found a place of peace without giving up that’s when the magic happened - we conceived naturally against all odds. I help me clients do the same - remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant naturally or getting the successful IVF outcome they so want. 
 
When I ask women what having a baby will give them they usually say a sense of completeness, love and purpose. It’s our fear of not having these things, a fear of not being enough, worthy that tends to be behind our fear of not having a baby. These limiting beliefs have usually been around since an early age and infertility shines a spotlight on them. Many of my clients have strived for success in their life whether career or other things. That approach doesn’t work for fertility. In fact it puts tension in the body which decreases their chances of success.
 
The podcast is short does of insight, giving women and couples new perspectives that allows them to see their fertility from the ‘inside-out’. To see help them let go of their insecure thoughts and feelings and connect to their innate wellbeing that knows they are enough and OK whatever happens. This moves having a baby from being a ’need’ to to a desire. It takes the pressure of the process and their mind and body relax into it’s natural flow state. Stress can impact the delicate balance of hormones required for a successful pregnancy.
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