For some couples, the journey to becoming pregnant isn't as straightforward as they first believed.
Often, when a woman contacts me to enquire about Reflexology and what it can do to help her conceive, she has arrived way down the line, and on advice, research or recommendation.
Success stories offer hope and Reflexology a possible solution, particularly for women that have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility or with reproductive issues such as PCOS or Endometriosis that limit the window of opportunity for getting pregnant.
So how can Reflexology help fertility? As an experienced fertility Reflexologist we would work together to encourage the body to operate in the way it should naturally behave. Pinpointing specific locations on the feet and applying special techniques will help to balance hormones, particularly those glands that directly affect and trigger the working of the reproductive system - the Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Thyroid and of course the Ovaries and Uterus.
Furthermore, medical experts confirm that there is substantial evidence linking infertility and stress. When trying to get pregnant, dealing with daily stresses; jobs and family life, combined with identifying the right time for ovulation and lovemaking, on top of coping with months of trying to fall pregnant, takes its toll on our systems. An excess of stress triggers emotional and physical problems; and in reproductive terms, menstrual disorders for women and impotence in men. Encouragingly, when a husband or partner is treated with Reflexology too, the chances of conception are undoubtedly boosted.
When having regular Reflexology, couples report feeling more in control of the process of conception, their well being improves, they feel much better in themselves, more positive and able to cope with the challenges of conception and life in general.
It's a cliche, but as with all things in life, there are no guarantees of success. But I've met and treated many couples with the desire and a positive attitude to Reflexology and for many of them, combining regular treatments with improvements in health and lifestyle have given them the result they were hoping for.
It's very easy to feel overwhelmed with options to assist in becoming pregnant, there's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Reflexology can be used as a complementary treatment to those wanting a natural way to conceive, but conversely, those women having fertility treatments such as Clomid or even IVF can benefit from the calm and relaxing, non invasive approach, Reflexology treatments will give, putting their body in the best possible condition health-wise, for potential conception.