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Glasgow Reflexology, Milngavie, Glasgow
Glasgow Reflexology, Milngavie, Glasgow

Reflexology for Fertility/Preconception

Over the past twenty years, fertility problems have increased dramatically with one in six couples finding it difficult to conceive. The most common cause of infertility is ‘unexplained’, which means that following thorough investigations, doctors can find no specific or identifiable medical problem at the root. This is where taking a holistic approach with reflexology can be beneficial, combined with taking a deeper look into lifestyle factors, nutritional deficiencies and emotional elements.

Benefits of Reflexology for Infertility

  • Relaxation

  • Regulates your menstrual cycle

  • Stimulates ovulation

  • Balance hormones

  • Offers holistic support throughout fertility treatments

  • Assists with painful periods

  • Relieves symptoms of endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome

  • Lessens the worry and the stress of infertility

  • Creates an ideal environment for conception to occur

  • Holistically support you if you are going through IVF or Donor Insemination

The Data

Association of Reproductive Reflexologists undertook a data collection study of 180 cases and found that the success rate was proven to be 68% of all cases, whether the couples were undertaking IVF or natural conception.The date was then broken down into individual conditions.

Results are as follows:

The Statistics

  • 180 Cases

  • 68% Success Rate

  • 100 - Nataural Coception

  • 22 - Assisted Conception

  • Age Range - 24-46

  • Average number of reflexology treatments undertake - 11.32

Specific Conditions

  • Undiagnosed Infertility: Pregnancy - 70%

  • Endometriosis: Pregnancy - 65%

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Pregnancy - 72%

  • Amenorrhoea: Pregnancy - 91%

  • Sperm Motility Issues: Pregnancy - 100% 

  • Sperm Morphology: Pregnancy - 50%

  • Ovarian Cysts: Pregnancy - 100%

  • Progesterone deficiency: - 50%

 Many of my clients have experienced incredible results in their journey to conceive either naturally or through assisted conception with regular Fertility Reflexology sessions and or

Combined Fertility Reflexology with Reiki Healing.

Every individuals struggle has been very different. Amongst some of the successes have been woman over 40 years of age, woman who have had a history of miscarriages, secondary infertility and couples who have had several rounds of failed IVF and turned to reflexology as a last resort however went on to conceive.

 

Feedback from some of my clients

"Good afternoon Natalie. I just want to thank you for all your treatment. I am now 13 weeks pregnant and fully believe your therapy aided in this ..."

"Earlier this week I found out I am pregnant! quite a shock! We are thrilled and hoping for the best this time round ..."

"I just wanted to let you know that we decided to have our last embryo transferred at the end of January. We just tested yesterday and I am pregnant!!! I genuinely beieve you made the difference for me...."

"I’m so happy to tell you that I got a positive pregnancy test a few days ago. We are absolutely over the moon and still can’t quite believe it!
I really believe my sessions with you made all the difference and I can’t thank you enough

 "I am over the moon I'm pregnant, I stil can't quite believe it, Thank you ..."

 

"I just wanted to thank you for all your help for my little miracle"

Working together to achieve results

The initial consultation will include a full health consultation disussing your cycle, how long you have been trying to conceive, diet and lifestyle before putting together a treatment plan.

All treatments focus on calming your central nervous system in order to help reduce stress and anxiety and promote better sleep. The treatment will change and adapt each time in tune with the part of your monthly cycle you are in.

Recommended Treatment Plan for Natural Conception

  • 6 x weekly sessions initially (starting first week of cycle) changing to

  • 2 x per month, one prior to ovulation, one after ovulation until implantation

Recommended Treatment Plan for Assisted Conception

For assisted conception such as IVF the reflexology sessions are tailored individually to complement the drug protocol. It can enhance the efficiency of the drugs, reduce side effects and reduce any stress and emotional unease that you may experience.

  • 6x weekly sessions initially

  • 1x session during artificial hormone stimulation

  • 1x session in the week leading up to egg retrieval

  • 1x session just after egg retrieval

  • 1x session prior to an embryo transfer

Maternity Reflexology Milngavie Glasgow

How to increase your chances of conceiving and help prevent miscarriages

Many experts are now recommending that you should have a 3 month period before conceiving.

This is called ‘pre-conception care’ this 3 month period is just as important as the pregnancy itself.

The reason behind this time is that it takes at least 3 months for immature eggs (oocytes) to mature enough to be released during ovulation. It also takes at least 3 months for sperm cells to develop, ready to be ejaculated. This means that when you are trying to improve your fertility, you need to have a 3 month period before conceiving.

A healthy diet is crucial to a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby, many people are unaware that their diet can help to correct hormone imbalances that may affecting your ability to conceive and that certain foods and drinks are known to lower fertility. Reflexology is a particularly successful fertility boosting therapy when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

  • Diet - to optimise fertility and reduce chances of miscarriage your diet needs to include the best nutrition. For eg non-organic meat has the potential to damage egg health and quality as well as the quality of  sperm. Farm fed fish is often fed antibiotics, try to eat wild rather than farmed. Eat plenty of organic vegetables, fruit and protien sources - fish, lentils, beans, quinoa. Pesticides on fruit and vegetables are hormone disruptors and can cause problems with reproductive hormone levels. Whole grain nuts and seeds are rich in fibre and healthy fats, zinc and selenium all of which improve sperm production, motility and morphology. pumpkin seeds, sunflowers seeds, pecans, brazil nuts, walnuts and hazelnuts.

  • Reduce Toxins - give up smoking, alcohol, caffeinated tea and coffee – all of these can reduce fertility. Smoking can reduce fertility by as much as 40%. Smoking has been linked with infertility in women and can also bring early menopause. Smoking also decreases sperm count in men, making the sperm more sluggish, and increase the number of abnormal sperm. There is lots of evidence to show that caffeine, particularly in the form of coffee, decreases fertility. Drinking as little as one cup of coffee a day can half your chances of conceiving and just two cups a day increases the risk of a miscarriage. One study showed that problems with sperm: sperm count, motility and abnormalities, increase with the number of cups of coffee consumed each day. Recommendations are to try and give up gradually over a period of weeks to avoid withdrawal symptoms such as headaches.. Alcohol also has a devastating impact on sperm morphology and mortality and general health and well-being. Alcohol has a pre-conception impact upon the quality of eggs. The current guidelines from the royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on drinking alcohol during preconception period and early pregnancy that no alcohol should be consumed for woman trying to conceive and in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

  • Avoid workplace and environmental pollution - store food and drink filtered water from glass containers, avoid plastic or cling film which can contain xenoestrogens. If possible, avoid potential cosmetic toxins such as those found in some hair dyes and nail polishes. As the foetal nervous system begins to develop during the first 4 weeks of pregnancy.

  • Sleep - is vital to our health and well-being, if sleep is poor, interrupted, or erratic the body can’t undertake the important repair work that keeps it functioning at its best. Poor sleep impacts all the body’s systems including its ability to produce healthy sperm in men and thriving eggs and a fully functioning menstrual cycle in woman. In addition, poor sleep patterns promote weight gain which in turn upsets the balance of our reproductive hormones. Fat cells produce their own oestrogen leading to excess oestrogen in the body, upsetting the menstrual cycle in woman and interfering with sperm production in men. Woman who are involved in shift work may be at an increased risk of irregular menstrual cycles, endometriosis, infertility, miscarriage, low birth weight babies or pre-term delivery.

  • 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. 

 

  • Exercise - moderate amounts of exercise such as brisk walking for 20 minutes 3 times a week, yoga, swimming re important for maintaining health. Too much exercise however can negatively impact fertility. In particular, because it builds muscle and reduces body fat it can lower oestrogen.

 

  • Water - should be increased in the second half of cycle – post ovulation. For implantation to take place the endometrium requires good blood flow – and blood flow is hampered if we are dehydrated. Small amounts of water hourly is recommended to ensure constant hydration from ovulation until bleed.

  

  • Supplements - scientific research has shown that to maximise your chances of conceiving and staying pregnant eliminating nutritional deficiencies and improving sperm production and mobility you can dramatically increase your chances of getting pregnant with a good quality multivitamin and mineral.

 

  • Supplements for men that can have a negative impact on fertility - St John’s Wort, Echinacea, and Ginkgo Biloba -Can affect sperm quality and the sperm’s ability to penetrate the egg.

  • Useful blood tests - include Vitamin D levels, Vitamin B12 levels, folate and feritin levels, thyroid function, FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels and LH (luteinising hormone) levels.

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