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Complementary therapy and fertility

Reflexology, together with other complementary therapies can offer many benefits when trying to conceive.

Starting a family is an exciting new chapter in a couple's life, but for many couples this is a difficult time, stress levels can rise putting pressure on each individual and on the partnership. A quarter of couples planning a baby have difficulty conceiving. When there are no fertility problems it can commonly take up to three years to conceive, whilst other couples become pregnant much quicker. The factors affecting fertility differ from couple to couple but there are some potential commonalities that may reduce fertility.

  • Poor nutrition. 
  • Alcohol and drug use.
  • Smoking.
  • Age
  • Weight.
  • Stress.
  • Hormonal conditions.

Potential benefits of reflexology

Reflexology may help to reduce stress and anxiety, helping to promote an optimum environment in the body for conception. Constant high levels of stress alter the bodies hormonal levels which can be detrimental to both male and female fertility. Choosing to enjoy therapies that promote relaxation can allow hormones to re-balance. There is evidence, for example, that body work such as reflexology can reduce cortisol levels which indicates a physiological reduction in stress. A  research study also concluded that regular reflexology assisted women with pre menstrual syndrome who had been trying to conceive for over two years. 

By taking time to relax and listen to their bodies many women can become more in tune with their cycle. This can be key to helping couples boost their chances of conceiving. For successful conception timing is crucial and knowing when ovulation occurs is vital.

The time with their therapist can also provide a safe space to consider lifestyle choices such as diet and alcohol. For some couples choosing to work towards a calmer more relaxed lifestyle can remove the pressure of trying to conceive.

Some couples may be referred for fertility investigations and treatment. Having an ongoing relationship with their complementary therapist can help improve their coping strategies at a challenging time. It may be necessary to stop treatments during some phases of assisted reproduction and the therapist would work with consent from the medical team.  

Choosing a complementary therapist

Practitioners must have adequate training to understand the main issues related to fertility. As there is always a possibility of pregnancy when trying to conceive it is also important that the therapist is trained in maternity treatments. At Breathe Holistic Therapy our therapist, Joanne Marie, has trained in both maternity massage and reflexology. Learning skills from qualified midwives ensures thorough professional training with safety and knowledge at the forefront. 

Therapists must never give false hope, complementary therapy supports conception but can not offer any guarantees. If a treatment appears to make extreme claims related to fertility it is important to retain realistic expectations as holistic treatments can not claim to heal fertility problems. 

 For more information please do not hesitate to call 07531121199 or e-mail with any questions.

Reflexology and complementary therapy is never a replacement for medical care, if you are concerned about your fertility or general health please contact your general practitioner.

Posted on August 21, 2014 and filed under maternity.