Benefits of reflexology for infertility, conception and IVF
The following are all issues that can affect fertility and conception:
- high levels of alcohol
- poor diet
- the stress of the cycle of expectation and disappointment month after month
Having regular reflexology can be especially beneficial for those suffering fertility problems. It can help hormonal imbalances, regulate the menstrual cycle and relieve the anxiety of being unable to think of anything other than having a baby.
Stress can have a negative effect on the ability to conceive, and reflexology is known to be both soothing and relaxing. It also works by improving the natural healing abilities of the body, encouraging all of the body systems to function efficiently and help with removing toxins from the body.
It is a great aid for IVF treatment too, and an experienced reflexologist will know how to do a treatment that does not interfere with the hormonal treatment during IVF. A regular treatment is needed because if the person is relaxed and more positive (and they are doing something to help the IVF work) that is all good. The reflexology treatment also puts the body in prime condition to receive and fertilise the eggs.
For a lot of couples, infertility can be an emotionally exhausting and expensive condition, but there is new hope as some women have found the answer in reflexology and this is now being investigated with an approved medical trial in the UK.
Reflexology, which is actually an ancient art, involves manipulation of pressure points in the hands and feet which reflect the organs and systems of the body and, importantly for infertility, the fallopian tubes and ovaries associated with egg production. By massaging these points in a reflexology treatment, the body can unblock energy pathways and regain its natural balance, heal itself and support the healing of issues affecting conception.
A two-year clinical trial is the result of 13 women in a trial group with a range of fertility problems falling pregnant after having reflexology. That was 50% of the group and some got pregnant very quickly and felt it was because they felt more positive and that the reflexology treatment helped their body prepare for conception. One example had been trying for four years and was pregnant within four months. The other bonus is that, unlike drugs, it does not increase multiple pregnancies.
Currently, one in seven couples suffer from infertility, and 30% of those are not producing eggs. Reflexology can be used for most of the cycle but may be most helpful between menstruation and ovulation and it would be best then in pregnancy to work with a reflexologist.
Aside from inducing intense relaxation, reflexology provides a space away from the fast track of modern day life and a chance to offload emotionally, physically and mentally. It provides an environment where the patient can be calmer and more serene and accept that they cannot control when conception will happen.
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