Reflexology for fertility issues
The term infertility is used when conception has not occurred after 12 months of trying for a baby. You may have had tests which show that there is nothing wrong with either you or your partner and have been diagnosed with "unexplained" infertility. Or you may have a child already but are finding it much more difficult to fall pregnant this time - known as "secondary" infertility. Perhaps you have a known medical condition such as PCOS, a blocked fallopian tube or scar tissue from Pelvic Inflammatory Disease which may be affecting your chances of conception.
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Causes of infertility
The ability to conceive is dependant on many factors but is more likely to happen if you and your partner are in good health. The effects of modern life can have a significant impact on health and therefore on fertility too. Do you recognise the following patterns of behaviour in yourself or your partner?
- high levels of work-related stress
- regular high alcohol intake
- "binge" drinking to "let your hair down" or forget about your problem
- erratic eating patterns
- poor diet and/or 'convenience' foods
- being over-weight
- being under-weight
- excessive working hours
- work-related travel (especially long-haul)
- too much or not enough exercise
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Stress and infertility
The anxiety over fertility issues can add significantly to the stress you are under and you may have become trapped in a cycle of expectation and disappointment every month. You may feel isolated and unable to talk about your problem and feel particularly upset when you find out that friends, family members or work colleagues have become pregnant and think that it may never happen for you.
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Perhaps there is a way that you can enhance your fertility and improve your chances? I believe that regular relaxation in reflexology sessions and some sensible lifestyle choices have played a big part in the positive outcomes I have seen.
Hormonal imbalance and infertility
Reflexology seems to have a very positive effect on balancing hormone levels and feedback from those attending for regular treatment sessions has shown:
- regulation of the menstrual cycle
- a return of the menstrual cycle (for those with amenorrhoea)
- less bloating, irritability and other PMS symptoms
- less discomfort for those with dysmenorrhoea (a symptom of Endometriosis)
- a more condensed menstrual flow
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Information and support for PCOS
How can reflexology enhance fertility?
Reflexology works in a subtle way on a physical and emotional level and is especially beneficial for those experiencing fertility issues. Perhaps you are feeling anxious and on edge a lot of the time and feel unable to think about anything else but having a baby. The calming and soothing effects of reflexology may help relieve this stress and tension and could be a crucial first step in "letting go". I believe you need to allow time to clear emotional blockages and address any lifestyle issues which could also be adding to the problem. Reflexology treatments may also help by:
Please note that it is important that all aspects of your lifestyle are explored at your initial appointment and plenty of time is allowed to talk this through so that a treatment plan can be devised.
Perhaps you are going through fertility investigations right now or are about to embark upon an assisted conception programme like IVF. Many couples describe this as 'an emotional roller coaster' but reflexology can help you to stay calm and positive through the ups and downs of treatment and support you along each stage of your journey.
Reflexology can be particularly beneficial in the time leading up to egg collection and embryo transfer. Treatment sessions will encourage relaxation and alleviate anxiety, leading to a reduction in stress hormones - which may improve your chances of success.
If you would like to have a confidential no obligation chat about how reflexology may be able to enhance your fertility, please call me on 07794 893625.