Treatment Plan for Conception
The number of sessions will depend on your own personal health circumstances however you should generally have regular weekly Reflexology sessions during the 1st + 2nd cycle. Then 2 Reflexology sessions - 1 prior to ovulation and 1 after ovulation.
Reflexology and IVF - Assisted Reproduction – Donor Insemination.
Reflexology works in conjunction with your Assisted Reproduction Treatment Cycle and a recommended treatment plan will be discussed at your appointment however below are the stages during IVF when you can have a Reflexology treatment.
As many as one in three couples experience fertility problems, and of these, one in six will seek medical help with conception. Trying to conceive can cause emotional highs and lows that may easily lead to stress, anxiety and even depression; resulting in very unhelpful mental and physical environment for conception.
Preconception reflexology treatments support both women and men for all aspects of preconception. who wish to take a natural approach to conception or are about to undergo assisted fertility treatment (IUI, IVF ICSI).
Reflexology works in a subtle way on a physical and emotional level and is a natural, non-invasive treatment that can help relax the mind and body, creating more favourable conditions for conception and can be comfortably undertaken alongside medical treatment.
Preconception Reflexology can assist with many different conditions such as:
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Heavy or Long Periods
Lack of Periods
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.
A Fertility Reflexology treatment is about achieving equilibrium and harmony to the mind and body and will help you to achieve a state of deep relaxation, switching off thoughts about getting pregnant. A Fertility Reflexology treatment targets specific reflex points which correspond with various systems, organs and endocrine glands that are involved with reproduction and conception and can help to:
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.
Relieve symptoms of Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
6 Months of Reflexology are recommended with weekly treatments initially for 6 weeks.
Then treatments every 2 weeks for a couple of months moving to monthly treatments.
Treatments between menstruation and just prior to ovulation.
Relaxation Reflexology during artificial hormone stimulation.
In the week leading up to egg retrieval
After egg retrieval and just prior to embryo transfer.
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