How Reflexology Can Help Improve Fertility
Ladies come to me with lots of concerns regarding their fertility. Some ladies have been trying to get pregnant for years, others for a few months. It could be a first time pregnancy, or 3rd pregnancy. Some ladies have been through terrible traumas, such as miscarriage or still births. Regardless of the circumstances, the inability to conceive can cause great distress. However, reflexology can help improve fertility and improve the chances of conceiving naturally.
Ladies choose to come for a free consultation to discuss all their concerns and do tend to go away feeling a lot better informed about how reflexology can help improve fertility.
What is unexplained infertility?
When parents are not able to conceive, the term ‘unexplained infertility’ is often used. This simply means that all tests have come back inconclusive as to the reasons why you are unable to fall pregnant.
When this happens it can become very distressing and frustrating. Furthermore you may be wondering what else you can do to try to improve your situation.
How can a Reflexologist help improve fertility?
Ladies choose to come for a consultation to discuss all their fertility concerns and do tend to go away feeling a lot better informed on how reflexology can help improve fertility.
Determining your cycle
When my clients visit me, I take a full case history. We discuss everything regarding your cycle, e.g. whether your cycle is regular, heavy, light, the length of your cycle. Some ladies have a regular cycle of 28 days and some only have a period every 2-3 months!
Learning to be aware of ovulation
We also discuss ovulation which usually happens mid-month. However if you have an irregular cycle this could be any time. We can determine, or find ways to start monitoring your ovulation. This may be something you have never been aware of. Some ladies know, to the minute, when they have ovulated, because they can feel it each month. Others have no idea when ovulation occurs!
Also, did you know that your ovaries take turns to ovulate? Don’t worry though if you only have one ovary, as this one will do all the hard work each month so that you do not miss out on an ovulation.
Discussing your fertility concerns
When we have gone through all the questions about previous pregnancies or procedures you have undergone we can then concentrate on any other symptoms or fertility concerns you may have.
If you are concerned about long cycles this will be addressed throughout the treatment. Consequently, by working on particular reflex points my aim is to balance your hormones so that your cycle becomes more regular and ovulation more noticeable. By logging when ovulation occurs you can use that to determine the best time to try to conceive.
Encouraging a normal luteal phase
Sometimes I find that ladies, even though they have a 28 day cycle, may not ovulate until day 18. In reality you need to be ovulating around day 11-14, no later, as this could then mean you have a short luteal phase.
What does luteal phase mean?
Luteal phase means the time from when you have ovulated to the time you begin your next cycle. The first phase (up to ovulation) is called the follicular phase, the 2nd phase (after ovulation) is the luteal phase.
The ideal luteal phase is 14 days long; this is the time after a mature egg is released. The longer the luteal phase, the more time for the egg to embed into the uterus to nourish and grow.
The luteal phase is very important for anyone trying to conceive as it gives you an indication of when your uterine lining is thick, health, and ready to support a baby. If it is short then it is explained as a luteal defect.
What happens if you have a short luteal phase?
Once an egg is released from an ovary, the cells that were supporting that egg now change function and become the ‘corpus luteum’. This produces ‘progesterone’ – the pregnancy hormone. This hormone maintains the endometrial lining so that a fertilised egg can implant and grow.
If you have a luteal defect, as explained above, then not enough progesterone is produced. This means your body cannot maintain the endometrial lining so it degenerates early bringing on a menstrual cycle.
Reflexology can help improve fertility as it can help regulate which in turn will help to encourage a normal healthy luteal phase.
How soon after starting reflexology should I expect to see changes in my cycle?
I have found that hormonal changes can happen very quickly whilst receiving reflexology.
Please take a look at Jenny or Rebecca’s stories in my ‘One I Made Earlier’ series. As a result of receiving reflexology they both went on to conceive naturally. Proof in itself that reflexology can help improve fertility!
If you re struggling with fertility issues and would like to arrange a reflexology session please contact me today. Providing reflexology throughout Yorkshire including Halifax, Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield
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