IVF / IUI Mind-Body Program
There is one thing you can control and do for yourself during a medicated cycle of IVF or IUI. The IVF/IUI Mind-Body Program from Circle+Bloom with Joanne Verkuilen.
We have taken the concept behind our highly popular Natural Cycle Fertility Program and tailored it to reduce stress and potentially increase invitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) success. Working with leading Reproductive Endocrinologists, we developed these programs with the highest amount of care and attention to detail.
There are 18 unique sessions that correspond to the special requirements of the medicated cycle and include special attention to the synthetic hormones, advanced procedures and unique timing thereof.
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- Specific visualization for the IVF / IUI cycle for optimum stress reduction and leveraging your innate mind-body connection.
- Reduce stress each and every day of your medicated cycle.
- Reduce stress that may be hampering your ability to conceive.
- Feel in greater control over your body and health by taking time for yourself every day for an enjoyable, relaxing, “massage” for the mind.
- Learning to use the brain to connect with the body through guided visualization can potentially bring about a physical response to improve fertility and well-being.
- Ability to listen to special sessions for egg retrieval and implementation while the procedures are being done.
- 18 unique sessions that progress with you through your IVF or IUI cycle.
- Designed to fit into your schedule easily and can be listened to either daily or every other day.
- Each session includes (i) deep relaxation; (ii) therapeutic visualizations (mind-body); and (iii) emotional awareness exercises.
- The sessions are organized into the following categories:
- Precycle Sessions: Three unique sessions to be used prior to your cycle start date to help optimize your body preparedness.
- Cycle Sessions: Starting with Cycle Day (“CD”) 1+2, we have one unique program for each two-days in a combination set. In total: CD1+2, 3+4, 5+6, 7+8, 9+10, 11+12
- Trigger Shot / Egg Retrieval Special Session: One special session designed specifically for the trigger shot and egg extraction (or ovulation if IUI) to help your body best prepare for the shot and the procedure.
- Cycle Day 13+14: Designed to be listened to prior to the transfer.
- Transfer / Insemination Special Session: Designed to be listened to prior, during and after the transfer or insemination procedure when stress reduction, and feelings of openness are of prime importance.
- Two Week Wait Sessions: CD 16+17, 18+19, 20+21, 22+23, 24+25, 26+27 to help your body continue building progesterone and uterus preparation for implantation.
- Each program averages between 13 – 16 minutes, with a few of the special programs running as long as 19 minutes.
- Our programs should qualify for reimbursement under Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), check with your companies benefits team for more information.
Based on studies showing how our mind communicates with our body – along with the detrimental effects that stress has on fertility – we have created this medicated cycle tracking program that allows your brain to help your body accomplish the goals you desire.
By giving yourself 15 minutes per day to reduce stress and open the powerful connection of the mind-body connection, you can do something for yourself each and every day to help feel more centered and empowered during a very stressful procedure.
“Thank you for Circle+Bloom. I listened to it religiously during my recent IVF cycle this month. …the program helped me stay calm and grounded. It also helped me feel in greater control of the process — like I was doing something good and meaningful for myself. I looked forward to listening to the program every day. Joanne’s voice is soothing and comforting and you became a trusted and helpful companion to me during the ups and downs of my cycle.”
Each session is different but follows the same basic structure. First, we focus on relaxation, allowing your mind and body to go quiet and enter into a deeply relaxed state. Then we begin our physically-based mind-body visualizations that track to what your reproductive cycle is doing during that time period. Lastly, we proceed through an exercise based on a specific emotional release or understanding. Here is a quick review of each sessions body-based visualizations:
Precycle Session A: Internalizing your own unique understanding of the mind-body connection and beginning to trust its intelligence and power. This enables to set the stage for all of the specific mind-body exercises to follow in the program. The Precycle sessions should be listened to before you begin stimming, and if you are doing suppressing prior to stimming.
Precycle Session B: Continuing to strengthen inner trust and dialogue between the mind and body, feeling its intelligence on a subconscious basis. Use of water visualization cleansing and preparing body for the cycle start. The Precycle sessions should be listened to before you begin stimming, and if you are doing suppressing prior to stimming.
Precycle Session C: Hypothalamus and pituitary visualization exercises seeing balancing and relaxing throughout this part of the brain. Continuing to focus on mind-body intelligence and communication to prepare for cycle start. The Precycle sessions should be listened to before you begin stimming, and if you are doing suppressing prior to stimming.
Cycle Day 1+2: Focus on complete and healthy acceptance of synthetic hormones, welcoming on every level for optimum effectiveness. Seeing the communication between the hypothalamus-pituitary and shedding excess anxiety. This should correspond with the first day of your stimming medications.
Cycle Day 3+4: Balancing of anxiety with endorphines and positive feelings throughout the body, releasing excess cortisol as needed. Acceptance of hormones and medications in an open and positive way for optimum effectiveness.
Cycle Day 5+6: Visualization focusing on ovaries, follicles and eggs and seeing movement, positive energy, brightening – all the while completely trust the mind-body intelligence to nominate the highest quality eggs for this special cycle.
Cycle Day 7+8: Hypothalamus-pituitary in communication with ovaries with just the right amount of hormones. Starting to picture and visualize the developing follicles within the ovaries.
Cycle Day 9+10: Feeling harmony inside and really allowing body on a cellular basis to accept complete relaxation for optimum balancing of all reproductive function. Visualization of uterus and the beginning phases of preparing for the fertilized egg.
Cycle Day 11+12: Feeling, seeing and visualization the abundance of follicles and future eggs in ovaries and how the ovaries are creating a handful of special eggs for ovulation. Seeing ovaries brightened, energized and follicles as full and round, plump with a soft pliable surface.
Trigger Shot & Extraction (IUI – Ovulation): Special visualization allowing for complete dissolution and release of any negative energy internally. Visualization of trigger shot as positive energy coming into body and doing exactly what it should with special attention to the *acceptance* of this medicine. Preparing body to be in a completely relaxed and open state without any hindrance or pockets of stress or any kind of blockages. Seeing ovaries as soft and pliable for egg aspiration.
Cycle Day 13 + 14: For the time in between egg extraction and transfer, we focus on internalizing the miraculous connections being made, and bringing that back into the body for emotional connection to the embryo. Focus is on uterus preparation to accept fertilized eggs, with special focus on progesterone, etc.
Transfer (IUI – Insemination): Designed to be listened to multiple times during this procedure – before, during and after. Focus on having ultimate feelings of openness, warmth, and acceptance as much as possible – feelings of abundance. Seeing blood-oxygen moving directly into your hands and reproductive areas, warming everything. Visualizing inside your uterus and seeing the embryo come inside, welcoming on a physical basis.
Cycle Day 16+17: The commencement of the two-week-wait, with suggestions of having feelings of gratitude, abundance and what is happening inside uterus. Hormones moving in just the right amounts at the right time…warmth and acceptance on a cellular basis.
Cycle Day 18+19: Exploration of emotional state of being, letting go of anxiety or other negative feelings, or exploring them to understand them on a greater level. Focus on uterus, sending relaxation to the uterus…seeing the tiny fertilized eggs float about in warmth and abundance. Walls of uterus creating the perfect landing spot with just the right amount of progesterone.
Cycle Day 20+21: Feeling and sensing the energy that is constantly working toward the development of the embryo(s). Seeing the implantation of the egg(s) on walls on uterus. Emotional feelings of abundance through a visualization exercise of helping someone in need.
Cycle Day 22+23: Focus on balance, blood and oxygen flow, hormones to uterus as needed using your mind-body intelligence and intuition. Seeing the healthy growth and development of the embryo(s) inside uterus.
Cycle Day 24+25: Visualizing the inside of the uterus, and feeling and sensing a bond already. Seeing growth with intention, strength and love. Emotional exercise of feeling pride in the process you have undergone in order to bear the life of another. Complete unselfishness.
Cycle Day 26+27: Using the mind-body connection to support the uterus in anyway that it needs using intuition as your guide. Trusting your intuition. Emotional exercise to focus on how you have changed throughout your motherhood journey.
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“I tried to conceive for 2 years and recently used Circle+Bloom each evening during my IVF cycle. Yesterday I found out that it worked and I am pregnant! I know that Circle+Bloom assisted in my staying calm and focused throughout the cycle. During the time right after the transfer, when I was feeling very negative and stressed I listened twice a day and that is how I was able to find some peace. Thank you for this great program!” Rose, via email
“Circle+Bloom is amazing! IVF is a very stressful process and it’s hard to keep yourself calm, relaxed, and positive. I listened Circle+Bloom each night, and we were successful this cycle! I credit Circle+Bloom for a lot of this success.” Leigh, via email
“IVF is so emotionally exhausting. The drugs and the procedures are out of your hands. But I could control my attitude and my positivity, especially with the help of Circle+Bloom. I believe with every fiber of my being it’s one of the reasons we can finally say we are EXPECTING!”
“Each of the IVF sessions have such wonderful messages, I want to make sure I do not miss any of them. My body is really responding to the messages, my stress is way down, joy is way up and my body is on track with response per the doctors.” Melissa, via email
Thanks for your amazing ivf circle & bloom recordings I downloaded in January this year when I faced my first full ivf & icsi attempt. I religiously listened to your program twice daily, sometimes more, to focus and to keep positive on our scary journey with everything against us (2% chance of working). I am a healthy 42yo & very happy to be 8 weeks pregnant and I know your program was a large part of our success. We struggled with infertility for many years, trying all forms of natural therapies, herbs, tonics, yoga, acupuncture and Meditations and when faced with ivf being our last option the stress you face is all consuming and as much as people say “relax” sometimes it’s easier said than done, but your program kept me relaxed, focused, positive and balanced for whatever was to eventuate.
Allison, South Australia
We are fortunate to have very esteemed members of the professional medical community who have provided guidance and counsel throughout the development of our mind-body relaxation programs, as well as those that now recommend our programs to their patients.
Bernie Siegel, M.D.
"I am happy to endorse the Circle + Bloom™ program. Guided visualization and mind/body programs can be applied to fertility issues just as well as patients experiencing more serious health concerns."
For many, Bernie needs no introduction. He has touched many lives all over our planet. Dr. Siegel, who prefers to be called Bernie, not Dr. Siegel, was born in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College. He holds membership in two scholastic honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated with honors. His surgical training took place at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veteran’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He retired from practice as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale of general and pediatric surgery in 1989 to speak to patients and their caregivers.
In 1986 his first book, "Love, Medicine and Miracles," was published. This event redirected his life. He is now very involved in humanizing medical education and making the medical profession aware of the mind/body connection.
Dr. Inna Berin, The Fertility Institute of New Jersey and New York
"I personally reviewed Circle + Bloom's programs and I am very impressed with the content and quality. My practice, The Fertility Institute of New Jersey and New York, has incorporated the programs into our services. We believe that success in reproductive medicine requires an inseparable combination of technology and compassion, and successful fertility treatment must focus both on the scientific and human elements. The Circle + Bloom programs are a valuable added component of our fertility treatment services."
Dr. Josiane Caggiano
"I am completely convinced Circle + Bloom is a winner. The program is very insightful; very well done. Congratulations!"
Dr. Josiane Caggiano has been a practicing certified psychoanalyst and hypnotherapist for over 25 years. She frequently advocates the use of imagery, relaxation and hypnosis for a variety of symptoms. She lives and works in New York City. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at 212-772-3256.
Dehan Chen, M.D., Valley Fertility Center associated with NYU Fertility
"I am happy to see mind-body science and innovative stress reduction exercises have been tailored for the fertility community. I am excited to incorporate Circle + Bloom's programs in our practice."
Dehan Chen, M.D., graduated from Harvard University receiving the Harvard College Scholar Award in 1989 and an A.B. degree in 1991. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1995. Dr. Chen completed his OB/GYN internship and residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital. In 1999 he went on to a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical College in New York City completing his fellowship in June 2002. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology.
Dr. Robert Kiltz, CNY Fertility
“Not only do I recommend Circle+Bloom’s program to my patients, I even sell and represent their programs in my offices and webstore.”
Here is a video from CNY Fertility's Lisa Stack discussing their recommendation in using Circle+Bloom:
Dr. Edward Ramirez, Monterey Bay IVF
“I have seen so many positive comments regarding the Circle + Bloom programs that I have no doubt it is quite helpful in creating the right “frame of mind” for success in ART.”
East Coast Fertility Center
East Coast Fertility recommends the relaxation programs that Circle+Bloom has developed.
Institute of Reproductive Medicine & Science of Saint Barnabas
IRMS of Saint Barnabas recommends the IVF / IUI guided visualization programs that Circle+Bloom has developed to their patients.
Shore IVF and Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Allen Morgan and the staff at Shore IVF and Reproductive Medicine in Lakewood, NJ recommends the Circle+Bloom programs to their patients.
Mike Berkley, L.Ac, Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness
“I highly recommend the Circle + Bloom programs to complement acupuncture for fertility – in fact, we offer our patients the ability to listen while being treated in our offices. It extends the acupuncture benefits every single day.”
Here is a video from Mike Berkley discussing our programs:
Eva Selhub, M.D., Physician, Clinic Instructor at Harvard Medical School and Author of, The Love Response®
“Circle & Bloom offers empowering mind-body programs. Their guided visualizations can help patients not only manage infertility, but many other health issues to find happiness and wellness.”