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Fertility center adds holistic support to increase pregnancy chances

FARMINGTON – When a woman is trying to get pregnant — and it’s not happening — stress becomes a way of life. “They feel alone and they feel th...

FARMINGTON - When a woman is trying to get pregnant — and it's not happening — stress becomes a way of life.

"They feel alone and they feel that there maybe isn't anyone else going through this," says Carissa Spada, a former fertility patient who now teaches yoga at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, an affiliate of UCONN School of Medicine.

But, Spada believes that a class can create camaraderie and ease anxiety, improving a woman's chances of getting pregnant: "Yoga really has a lot of benefits from increasing flexibility, increasing strength, but the number one piece that relates to fertility is reducing stress." The exercise is one new component to the largest fertility clinic in the state that recently added a holistic initiative to treat every facet of a patient's journey.

Click here for the entire column from The Hartford Courant.