Fertility reflexology and women’s health
Subfertility affects 1 in 5 couples in the UK. For many fertilities related problems, no cause is identified, even following complete investigation.
Having reflexology can help support you both emotionally and physically whilst trying to conceive. Specialist fertility reflexology may help with fertility problems by balancing hormone production necessary for conception to occur, balancing all systems of the body, which includes regulating periods and promoting ovulation. For males it can also help increase sperm quantity and quality.
Fertility problems can be highly stressful. Studies have shown that continuous high levels of stress cause a prolonged release of cortisol the stress hormone. Over time this can inhibit the production of fertility hormones. Reflexology known for its relaxation inducing qualities can allow the body to be in optimum health nurturing the right environment for conception to occur.
Following a thorough consultation to explore factors surrounding your infertility. The recommended treatment plan is six treatments weekly initially until ovulation timing is known, then 1 to 2 treatments prior to ovulation and 1 to 2 treatments prior to menstruation. Along with guidance on diet, lifestyle and managing stress. It is advisable to undergo routine fertility tests with your GP prior to treatment.
It is recommended men receive weekly reflexology for around 8 to 12 weeks to promote and encourage healthy sperm.
For assisted conception such as IUI, IVF, ICSI the reflexology is individually tailored to complement the drug protocol. Reducing side effects and managing stress. It is best to start reflexology around 3 months before the intervention to help regulate the menstrual cycle and balance hormones. Treatments will need to be weekly or at the very least one treatment before drugs and fertility intervention commences.
As well as improving fertility, reflexology can be beneficial to with the following reproductive issues and conditions.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Perimenopausal symptoms
- Irregular and painful periods
- Ovarian cysts
Consultation and treatment
Initial consultations are for 90 minutes to allow time to thoroughly explore your fertility journey, look at lifestyle and to understand any test results. Subsequent treatments are around 60 minutes allowing time for your treatment and to discuss any changes.
A fertility care package can be offered which will be discussed at the consultation. I offer a 15-minute free telephone consultation if you prefer to discuss beforehand.