Background to this fertility research study
The client in this fertility research was 26 years old, had 2 children & wanted another baby. She was slightly underweight had little energy, did not drink alcohol & was trying to stop smoking.
The client presented with a menstrual cycle of 19 days, having not ovulated for 4 months. She was anaemic due to menorrhagia & dysmenorrhoea, a severe 8 day bleed with constant severe cramping pain. Her menstrual cycle until 4 months previously was 24 days with a 6 day normal bleed.
Medical investigations had found nothing physically wrong and she had been offered a hysterectomy if things did not improve. She was taking Agnes Castes on days 1 – 14 as she’d been told this may help.
A course of reflexology was agreed for this fertility research study; one reflexology session per week over two menstrual cycles followed by 2 reflexology sessions per month. This was intended to lengthen the client’s menstrual cycle to encourage ovulation with a view to becoming pregnant.
The reflexology treatment protocol used in this fertility research
By her 3rd week of reflexology treatment, the client had started her period; however, she had no severe stomach cramps.
By reflexology session 4 the client had decided to stop taking Agnes Castes to see what effect it will have.
During her next period which started on day 26, it lasted for 6 days, it was less heavy & she only had stomach cramps on day one. Although still feeling tired, the client was now no longer anaemic.
On reflexology session 10 the client had her next period, this started on day 27, lasted for 6 days with no pain; normal flow for the first 3 days & then very light.
In her next reflexology session, 12 weeks in to her treatment she detected ovulation on day 13. She had done 2 positive pregnancy tests, had fatigue and felt a ‘cramping’ in her belly – a sensation experienced with her last pregnancy. She had morning sickness, aching breasts, lack of appetite & was eating fish, something she usually hates.
Outcome of the fertility research study
This fertility research study proved that after reflexology session 12 the client felt she had successfully reached her goal of pregnancy. She carried full term & gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
Fertility research paper written by Christine Richards in June 2010 edition of Association of Reflexologists magazine Understanding why reflexology may help you get pregnant.
Causes of imbalances in your body
There are a number of typical problems which can cause imbalances in the body. These imbalances can then disrupt fertility. Before we discuss how reflexology can help fertility, it is important to understand some of the more common problems:
*Stress related problems such as excessive worrying, or pressure at home or work. This doesn’t necessarily have to mean you are worrying about getting pregnant as any stress can severely disrupt your body’s ability to function properly. This can be just as important for men as well as women who are trying to conceive.
*PMS (pre menstrual syndrome) in a similar way to stress negatively affecting the body’s ability to operate from a balanced base, symptoms of PMS including being over tense, mood swings and various physical symptoms can really have an effect on your fertility levels.
*Problems with your menstrual cycle such as irregular or heavy periods or simply not ovulating make it very difficult for your body to be able to function as intended as it is dealing with more than it is often able at the sensitive time of trying to conceive.
*Adhesions (scar tissue) such as following surgery or combined with menstrual problems.
*Hormonal imbalances of oestrogen/progesterone will mean that the wall of your uterus is not building up as your body anticipates and therefore not providing the correct bedding for your egg.
*Poly cystic ovaries is a complex condition by which small cysts form on the ovaries form due to a hormone imbalance.
*Cervical problems a hormone imbalance may cause a thick cervical mucus that blocks your partners sperm as they travel along your reproductive tract.
*Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes tubes which have narrowed or are blocked as a result of scarring from infection, endometriosis, or an ectopic pregnancy may sometimes prevent fertilisation in the uterus.
*Endometriosis whereby sections of your uterine lining move through your fallopian tubes to other parts of your pelvic cavity. These fragments can bleed and cause pain during menstruation.
*Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of the female reproductive tract. e.g. cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries can all become inflamed.
The role of reflexology
Reflexology is very successful at relaxing the body and allowing it to re-
Does this work for men as well as women?
Yes. The fundamental problems associated with the body being imbalanced are the same for men as they are for women. It is these imbalances that somewhere along the line create difficulties in conceiving and reflexology is therefore just as effective on a male as it is on a female.