Benefits of reflexology for infertility, conception and IVF
There are many factors that can affect fertility and conception, including high levels of alcohol, poor diet, weight, overworking, smoking, and the stress of the cycle of expectation and disappointment month after month.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is actually an ancient art, which involves the manipulation of pressure points in the hands and feet that reflect the organs and systems of the body. In reflexology for fertility, the points relate to 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.
Can reflexology boost fertility?
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.
For a lot of couples, infertility can be an emotionally exhausting, expensive, and stressful condition. 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 helping with removing toxins from the body.
Reflexology: Supporting IVF
It is an excellent 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. Regular treatment is needed because it can help to keep the person relaxed and more positive. The reflexology treatment also puts the body in prime condition to receive and fertilise the eggs.
Science supports the efficacy of reflexology for fertility - it has been investigated in an approved medical trial in the UK. The two-year clinical trial resulted in 13 women falling pregnant after having reflexology in a trial group of 26 (all with a range of fertility problems). 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 suffers 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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