Trying to conceive can cause emotional highs and lows that can easily lead to stress, anxiety and even depression, leading to unfavourable mental and physical environments for conception.
Using protocols supporting your natural fertility or assisted fertility journey a Preconception Reflexology treatment targets specific reflex points which correspond with various systems, organs and endocrine glands that are involved with reproduction and conception, effective in treating problematic cycles, alleviating stress, calming the hormonal system and encouraging the cycle to regularise. Treatments can encourage natural conception and supports diagnosed unexplained fertility issues. The techniques can be specifically adapted to work through each stage of your menstrual cycle encouraging your body to re-balance and regain its natural rhythm and flow:
Regulate your Menstrual Cycle.
Stimulate Ovulation Associated with the Reproductive System.
Balance Hormones by working the Endocrine System.
Remove Toxins by working on the Liver and Small Intestine Reflexes.
Holistically support you if you are going through IVF or Donor Insemination.
Assist with Painful Periods - Dysmenorrhoea.
Help with symptoms of Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
Even in the absence of fertility conditions, the stress and anxiety attached to trying to conceive can be overwhelming which is an important factor that is often overlooked with fertility; the impact stress has on our body.
Stress is a complex condition which affects almost all parts of the body in some way:
Cortisol; a hormone released in response to stress, can cause the release of an inhibiting hormone that reduces the production of Follicle Stimulating Hormone and Luteinizing Hormone. Both these hormones are integral to the release of the egg and the implantation of embryo after fertilisation. Stress can be detrimental to the chances of a successful pregnancy as stress of modern life can be long-lasting and shut down our reproductive system for a long time.
Stress is an issue for both sexes, so it is equally important that both partners undertake some method of reducing their stress levels.
The Importance of Medical Advice
Anyone considering pregnancy needs to understand the importance of healthy eating and how excess stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and even sugar can have a negative impact on the body. The NHS gives very comprehensive advice which I thoroughly recommend anyone trying to conceive take a read via the following link: http://nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby
Please also be aware that approximately 1 in 7 couples may have difficulty conceiving within the first year of trying. In such instances, I always recommend couples seek professional advice from their GP as simple tests can be offered to help understand individual hormone function. For further details please see the NHS website at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/infertility
6 Months of Reflexology are recommended with weekly treatments initially for 6 weeks. Followed with fortnightly treatments for a couple of months then monthly treatments.
Treatments between menstruation and just prior to ovulation, during artificial hormone stimulation.
The week leading up to egg retrieval and after egg retrieval and just prior to embryo transfer.
Treatment Plan for Conception
The number of treatments will depend on your own personal health circumstances however the initial treatment should include weekly treatments throughout one entire cycle ensuring that your mentrual cycle has become regulated.
Followed by a maintanance programme until successful implantation.
Reflexology and IVF - Assisted Reproduction – Donor Insemination.
Reflexology works in conjunction with your Assisted Reproduction Treatment Cycle below are the recommended stages during your IVF treatment when you can have Reflexology.