Application of Behavioral Medicine Techniques to the Treatment of Infertility

  • Alice D. Domar
  • Herbert Benson


One of the early scientific understandings of how the mind and body interact was achieved by Walter Cannon at Harvard Medical School. By injecting cats with catecholamines from an extract of their adrenal glands he found a consistent arousal of the sympathetic nervous system: increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, increased metabolism, and 300 to 400% increase in muscle blood flow. He reasoned that this prepared the animals for running or for fighting—hence the name “fight-or-flight” response. It is also called the “emergency response.”


Negative Thought Infertile Woman Relaxation Response Conception Rate Muscle Blood Flow 
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  • Alice D. Domar
  • Herbert Benson

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