Looking for a fertility clinic with no BMI limit?

Here’s why you could make a mistake, and the straightforward way to find an alternative to looking for a fertility clinic with no BMI limit if you’re a patient told to lose weight.

Ok so, you’re reading this because you’re looking for a fertility clinic with no BMI limit. Read on. We’re going to explain why BMI is important to a successful pregnancy and how to get around the body fat issue.

But first off, a note of warning. If you find a fertility clinic with no BMI limit, then we strongly recommend you look into just how successful their treatments are. This is because your body mass index, which essentially is how much fat you have in as a percentage of your overall body weight, is a strain on your body’s ability to carry a baby full term.

Let’s explain.Looking for an IVF clinic with no BMI limit?

You’re having fertility treatment such as IVF or IUI because for whatever medical reason your body struggles to conceive a child and carry it full term. It doesn’t matter whether this is an issue with your reproductive system, hormonal imbalances or even diabetes. The broad issue is that your body is overloaded with everything it has to cope with already and therefore can’t produce a healthy pregnancy.

You can treat this with IVF or IUI drugs, but if you don’t deal with what could be a root cause, then you’re always going to struggle after egg transfer.

Now let’s think about the effects of obesity on fertility.

Regardless of whether you’re clinically obese or just slightly overweight, this adds extra load to what your body needs to do just to get through your day. You only ever have 100% capacity. You can’t go over this. So when patients have a lifestyle, for whatever reason, that leads to weight issues, then doctors want you to get this down.

This is because if it may only take you 10% of your available energy to move around, but you need 20% because you weigh more, then your body is using 10% of the energy it could divert towards a healthy pregnancy to getting you from A to B. It’s the same issue with stress.

So, indirectly you can suffer with infertility complications due to carrying extra weight.

And this is irrespective of you having perfect eggs, being in overall good health and of a great child bearing age. If the load on your system doesn’t leave enough capacity to get pregnant, you won’t.

This is before we get down to the added risks of a positive pregnancy on people who are overweight.

So, when a private fertility clinic says they don’t have a BMI limit, so we’re skeptical. There’s a reason the NHS is strict. Their experience and their research has shown them there is an increased risk of failure or loss. And as they only have so much budget to allocate, a doctor will focus their resource to women who have a greater chance of success.

What’s the solution if you’re struggling to lose those extra few pounds?

We offer a non-surgical, non-invasive RF therapy treatment at Essential Feeling in Gidea Park. RF stands for radio frequency. The machine we use was developed by four physicists in tandem with the University of Manchester and is now used by the NHS and other professional bodies.

Studies show that when diet and exercise alone won’t shift that stubborn extra weight, our machine will. And what’s better is that you’re being treated by fertility specialists.

We’re not a general beautician who is just looking for an aesthetic result. For sure you’ll get that, but our primary aim is to work with your reproductive cycle so that everything from your ovulation with good size eggs to embryos are as strong as possible. This will be the entire concept of your treatment. To affect your reprod health. Ideally without you needing to pump yourself full of medicine and take sperm from a test tube.

We’re not here to throw you on the scales, get you weighed and then humiliate you like you may feel in any other clinics. We respect you as a woman and are here to improve your body mass index to achieve your aim of having babies.

Maybe once your BMI is under control and your body has less to cope with in terms of daily living that you actually no longer need to find an IVF clinic; BMI limit or otherwise.

We say this because when your body isn’t using as much energy to support general running daily, you may naturally develop larger, stronger eggs and your overall reproduction health, including menstrual cycle, may naturally improve.

To book your appointment for prenatal instant inch loss intervention, use our online booking system now.

Losing weight after fertility drugs

Losing weight after fertility drugs can be tough for women. Especially if you need to go in for more treatment and you need to get your BMI below 35 or 29 depending on the parameters of the IVF infertility clinic.

Does IVF cause weight gain?

It is not IVF itself that leads to weight gain, but the medications that your doctor prescribes to prepare your body forEmbryo being fertilised during IVF fertility treatment IVF. To prepare for an IVF cycle, you’ll take several hormones, usually in injectable form.

These drugs suppress your natural cycle, induce ovulation, and can help your body produce multiple eggs, depending on your treatment plan. Hormones are the chemical messengers of the body. You send information from one area of the body to another. This means that changing a person’s hormones can change a lot in the way their body processes things, including things that have nothing to do with fertility.

Many people experience side effects of IVF, including weight gain. Weight gain during fertility treatments can occur for a variety of reasons. First, IVF can slow down your metabolism or otherwise affect the way your body treats energy and consumes energy, this can lead to weight gain. Second, IVF can cause food cravings, which ultimately leads to the fact that you eat unusually fatty or sugary foods, this can also lead to weight gain. It is important to remember that this weight gain is usually minimal, a maximum of five to ten pounds. For most women, the benefit is even less: only one or two pounds.

They relate most of IVF weight gain to water retention, so you may notice that your weight fluctuates more during an IVF cycle. As soon as you stop using IVF drugs, the weight should decrease easily.

IVF injections and weight gain: how much weight can I gain during an IVF cycle?

If you have ever taken hormonal contraceptives, your reaction to these medications may give you a good understanding of what you can expect from IVF. IVF, such as hormonal contraception, uses hormones.

Although it can subtly change metabolism and the way your body reacts to food, IVF cannot produce calories and fat if it doesn’t exist. So IVF alone does not lead to the fact that you gain significant amounts of weight. Most women notice that their weight fluctuates somewhat more while taking IVF medications. A smaller group changes due to water retention.

This weight usually decreases after you have received your period or when you become pregnant after you have the baby. A smaller group notes a more significant weight gain, which remains even after the departure of IVF drugs. Here, weight gain is usually not over five to ten pounds. More than that is unlikely to be due solely to IVF drugs.

Excessive weight gain, especially a quick weight gain, almost always shows another problem. Therefore, if you notice a sudden weight gain or a change in your appearance overnight, call your provider immediately.

Is it safe to lose weight when trying to get pregnant?

We live in a culture obsessed with weight. If you are already feeling anxious and frustrated with infertility, weight gain is probably the last thing you want to deal with.

Weight and infertility interact in interesting ways. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can cause weight gain by triggering insulin resistance. IVF is a key treatment for PCOS. Research also shows that weight loss can improve the effectiveness of IVF and other PCOS treatments.

Even if you don’t have PCOS, your chances of getting pregnant will decrease if you are overweight. Being overweight or obesity can also increase the risk of pregnancy complications and making it difficult to conceive initially. Therefore, there are excellent reasons to worry about weight gain. It is usually safe to lose weight for getting pregnant, and only if you are currently overweight.

Avoid crash diets.

If you have a normal weight, losing weight can complicate pregnancy. They adopt a healthy and balanced diet. Avoid shock diets, fasting and very low-calorie diets. Weight loss should be slow and constant, not immediately. Stay physically active. During pregnancy, exploding physical activity can be dangerous. So start slowly, gradually building on your successes. Get a doctor’s permission.

Talk to a provider before starting a weight loss plan, especially if you are trying to get pregnant and struggling with your ovaries and general reproductive health. We can help with this. Karen is a qualified nutritionist specialising in fertility. She can also advise on healthy exercise such as particular styles of yoga.

Once you are pregnant, restrictive nutrition will steal nutrition away from your developing baby. It is OK to reduce binge eating or overeating or unhealthy snacks, but you should not try to lose weight during pregnancy.

Instead, talk to your doctor about a healthy meal schedule for pregnancy and your ideal weight gain during pregnancy. Proper protein intake is especially important for a developing baby. Therefore, make sure that your diet is rich in lean meat, nuts, legumes, eggs, dairy products and other foods rich in protein. Your goal should be to extract your calories from foods that are very nutritious. So get rid of high-calorie, low-nutrition foods such as white bread, sugary snacks, and processed foods like French fries.

You’re in luck though because here is a simple answer.

We can give you a healthy lymphatic drainage massage that will help you lose the water retention whilst increasing your immune system. You’ll lose the pounds without the need to crash diet or exercise. You can have this pre, during or post pregnancy.

If your weight gain is more fat based than water retention, then we’ll use our state-of-the-art RF therapy machine to help your body break down fat cells more effectively. We do this by applying a gentle heat to the skin which permeates to the fatty tissues which allows your body to excrete it. We can use this pre or post birth.

Why is it important to lose weight after taking fertility medication?

Your BMI matters in your ability to conceive. But, this medicine messes with your hormone levels, will often stop your natural menstruation and what it can’t do to an ovary isn’t worth talking about. Your sex drive is already stagnant following the restrictions that struggling to conceive puts on a couple. I mean it’s no fun for anyone having to make love to your husband on demand.

Layer over the feeling of being obese (even if you aren’t) and finding your way back to each other can be an ordeal. And our RF therapy (not if you are pregnant) or manual lymphatic drainage massage (throughout pregnancy) can be a viable option with fast benefits for you to get back in touch with your body again.

The other very important factor here is that you may have had a failed IVF cycle and you’re still treating your fertility with clinical intervention. If your weight has increased because of the fertility drugs you’ve been on, reducing this back to a BMI of between 19 and 29 will improve your chances of a successful IVF outcome and healthy pregnancy.

Book in for your consultation now. We will deduct the cost of the session from any treatment you end up booking in with us.

Solution to quick weight loss before IVF

If you’re looking for a quick weight loss before IVF then you have a fast (and easy) solution here. But first, let’s quickly discuss why crash diets are not the answer.

Poor nutrition doesn’t fuel your body enough to support fertility in women. Think about how anorexic people suffer with losing their menstrual cycles. In order to sustain a healthy pregnancy, your body needs to be in tip-top condition, see this article for a full explanation.

Therefore, fertility clinics and doctors insist patients fall under a clinically obese BMI of 29 for the NHS and 35 for some private hospitals. When your body fat percentage is over this, it compromises your health which increases your infertility chances or puts you at a greater risk of miscarriage.

This often results in excessive exercise or a diet where you’re just eating enough food to get through the day. Whilst these may get your fat index down if done correctly, it isn’t the best way to support your body’s ability to create a healthy baby.

Here’s the issue with crash diets on fertility.

When you eat, you’re putting energy into your body. This energy fuels all areas of our body, including our reproductive care. The right foods make sure we have enough resource to make quality eggs to fertilise when they are met by sperm.

So when you’re not eating correctly and you avoid calories, your uterus may not develop thickly enough, and even though you may shed the pounds, you may not be helping yourself get in optimal shape to be pregnant.

How to achieve quick weight loss before IVF.contouring body radio frequency abdomen

Seven to eight weeks before you go for your BMI test at the clinic or hospital, start RF therapy treatment with us. Our state-of-the-art machine will essentially speed up the way you burn away fat. The result? You lose weight. And BMI. We’ll help you combine this with a healthy eating program and the correct regular physical exercise such as yoga to facilitate maximum success.

What’s better is that where crash diets are only effective in the short term — we all know we end up slapping that weight right back on again, right? But the RF treatment for quick weight loss before IVF takes your body fat percent right back to a new benchmark.

What these treatments mean is that once you have had your bundle of baby joy, the weight you have gained will have been from a lower starting point. I guess what we’re saying is, where you may have really struggled with post pregnancy obesity before, you’ll find fewer complications with being overweight after this RF therapy treatment.

I still don’t understand how slimming down helps me give birth. Isn’t that what the medications are for?

They tailor the drugs they give you to improve fertility to your individual needs. But they are not wonder drugs. They will rebalance any hormones that are out of whack which will prepare your body for pregnancy in the best way it can be.

Lifestyle

But, if your normal lifestyle, whether that be from too much sugar, not enough fitness, high stress rates and so on are such that a healthy embryo won’t develop and such you can’t conceive, there’s not much that medical practitioners can do. Medication can only get you so far. But it’s down to you to get yourself the best possible starting point.

So what is RF therapy treatment?

Developed my four physicists in association with the University of Manchester, the kit we use is top of the range. WePromax lipo machine used by Essential Feeling Romford, Essex for fat reduction, BMI, skin tightening RF therapy utilise not just one, but three different technologies to target whatever range of issues are your concern. This means you get the best results not only for your IVF but also post birth. This is not surgery, it is a totally non-invasive experience that you are undergoing to avoid crash dieting.

We use sound waves to affect the permeability of your fat cells. And it’s this that allows your body to dispose of this excess fat through improved metabolisation and reduces your BMI for a quick win before fertility treatment. By starting this treatment 7 or 8 weeks before your hormone in vitro medicine appointment it means our clients bodies have the best chance to react to the drugs the fertility clinics prescribe.

Is it safe?

Yes, it is. We’re literally just applying a gentle heat to your skin through the radiofrequency. We then use a gentle vacuum massage which will increase your blood circulation. This encourages the fatty deposits to then drain away into your lymphatic system, which is the part of the body that is like the skip that removes junk from our systems.

I’ve been told not to take hot baths, so will this heat therapy affect egg development or ovulation?

The time this treatment takes is minimal and the likelihood of us going over your ovaries is even more limited. The effects of you being overweight will have much more effect on your ability to be a mother and have a family.

What will happen after my treatment?

The areas that we’ve worked in may be pink for a little while post session, but it won’t last long and it shouldn’t be sore. You can resume your normal activities straight away, although obviously when we’re talking about fertility, you’d be best to follow what we recommend on nutrition and prenatal exercising.

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Massage therapies v’s beauty school massage.

It's amazing how often people visit us for the first time who have had a massage before and leave with a parting comment like 'I didn't realise this is what proper massage therapies were.'

The issue is that these clients have been to therapists who have received different training from ITEC qualified massage therapists.

Let's be clear, we're not knocking they type of massage that they learn at beauty college, we're just saying there is a difference that's all. And the difference is because all we, as professional massage therapists specialise in is healing your body through physical touch, whereas the focus for beauticians is more varied.

So if you go to a salon for a massage, your therapist will often use the same strokes in the same pattern. Your massage is purely for relaxation and so the format will usually be the same from one client to the next. In this instance there is no need for practitioners to mix up techniques during your treatment. They're not there to deal with muscle pain or sports therapy in treatments. As a result they'll usually use Swedish massages with a light pressure which don't work deep tissue or focus on health beyond relaxation.

There is a lot to be said for that to be fair and linked to releasing mental tension and even a little anxiety, beauticians are more likely to add aromatherapy/ essential oils or hot stone work on your muscles.

The cost of these massage therapies is usually less, often considerably less, than we would charge for a massage at Essential Feeling. This isn't because we are ripping you off, it's simply because we have a much greater level of expertise in how the body will respond to the different types and styles of pressure to achieve your desired treatment outcome.

Similarities between the two styles of massage therapies

Both can be relaxing, although deep tissue massage isn't always so until after the treatment ends. However, generally, both are done on a massage couch or table.

General benefits of massage

Increases blood flow (circulation) and thus oxygen around your body

Reduces mental stress by giving you some much needed you time to relax

Can improve muscular discomfort

May improve or give relief from pregnancy associated aches and conditions

A traditional complementary therapy based on rhythmic movements

Great gifts for friends and relatives including couples

Can promote improved sleep and reduce symptoms of insomnia

What is the point of your advanced massage techniques if I can get all the above for less money?

We've broken down some of our most popular massage therapies below so you can see the effects each can have on various ailments.

Deep tissue/ sports massage

Deep pressure often including kneading of tight muscles breaks down injury sights and promotes self healing. It's often useful where you have physical injuries that clinical physio just can't touch. You may experience some soreness after your session but this is only minor and temporary compared to the longer term results.

Swedish massage

Sure, we've said that beauticians learn this, but on top of their knowledge we have expertise in how the muscles lie under the surface of the skin. This means we can elevate the service we provide by using specific strokes and patterns in an active and firm way to ease pain in muscles and joints. We go over and above using effleurage to gently add healing outcomes to your unique massage.

Pregnancy massage

Prenatal care is important for both mother and baby. An easy and happy pregnancy means a much happier new born. During this massage you will lay on your side and your qualified pregnancy massage therapist will work you from behind whilst you're comfortably propped up on pillows and cushions.

Fertility massage

We've seen how massage can improve blood flow, lymph flow and oxygen distribution above. Here we take this one step further to provide maximum nutrients to the all important area of your abdomen and ultimately uterus. We may also add in some myofascial release as described below to ease away any scar tissue which may impede fertility.

Lymphatic drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage, or MLD as it is often known is designed to treat swelling. Often this is post-operative, including liposuction and we are affiliated with London's Harley Body Clinic to improve their patient's conditions post surgery. This is one of the lightest massage therapies practised as it is used to work the lymphatic system (vessels nodes and ducts) to drain fluid, rather than break down muscle fibres.

Myofascial release

Effective on scar tissue, your practitioner will use controlled pressure applied in a slow stretching motion to soften and ease the sticky layers of fascia. This is particularly effective when you have had surgery and want to avoid the raised bump associated with scarring.

Reflexology

Often known as a foot massage, reflexology is so much more. We use acupressure on your feet to restore homeostasis, or balance in your system and organs. It's a great way to have a general once over. It's also possible to work with specific chronic conditions such as anxiety, depression or fertility to trigger your body's natural healing response.

Indian head massage

Working your head, neck and shoulders, this is a fully clothed massage technique that eases emotional strain whilst dealing with the associated physical responses. This can be great if you suffer from regular migraines, osteoarthritis of your jaw or psychological strains. The practice goes beyond what you see being given upright on a chair in a shopping centre.

Reiki

Whilst not strictly bodywork, reiki is something we offer at Essential Feeling and so we though we should include it here under massage therapies. You may book a session alone, but to be honest, whichever one of our massage therapies you choose, you'll more than likely get a bit of energy healing thrown in for free. It's just what we do.

Mobilisation techniques

Essentially this is Thai massage which seeks to improve mobility performance through a number of assisted stretches. However, we don't advertise this because we get way too many calls from people expecting mobilisation of a different part of their body to the joints we're used to working whilst you remain fully clothed! The massage technique should not be undervalued though as a result of its bad rep. It can be an amazing way to see improvements in knots. The flowing movements complement a traditional massage helping you to have a fully rounded end result.

Essential Feeling are based in Gidea Park, Romford, Essex. We are open 7 days a week for appointments which you can book online and attend between the hours of 7am and 10pm. You'll enjoy free off street parking right outside our professional treatment rooms

Reflexology

The number one question I’m asked is, ‘what is reflexology?’ So here is my personal perspective. As a practitioner there are certain things we can and can not claim, legally and to be within the confines of professional conduct. You’ll read that elsewhere on this site, but here; well, this is my take on the ins and outs of reflexology. As a person.

When I first trained to be a reflexologist, I remember people asking me, ‘Oh, isn’t that feet. How can you touch someone’s foot?’ The truth. It never even entered my head. I was so caught up in being able to learn the ancient art of healing someone from pressure points that it never even occurred to me that I would have to deal with all kinds of ugly feet.

And ten or so years on, I still never think about it. Because I’m so fascinated with the ability to improve people’s health and pain with a therapy that is focussed on a different area of their body to where they are experiencing their issues.

Simply put…

Reflexology is the complementary therapy which uses a zone format to trigger reactions in different areas of our client’s bodies. This treatment is so much more than a foot massage as many people think of it. We have reflex points that we use our hands and fingers on to improve the functioning of specific organs. This includes the brain, and in particular stress anxiety and sleep disorders.

What medical conditions can reflexologists who have had training help with?

If you speak to any doctor with modern thinking they’ll tell you that stress leads to approximately 90% of all disease. For sure this may well be indirectly, but if you track it back, the figure lands up somewhere in this region.

Research studies have shown that practitioners can legally claim that they can help with the symptoms of stress. But in reality, what I have experienced is benefits far beyond this one condition. Perhaps it’s because we don’t think about stress as being an underlying condition which almost encourages other diseases to manifest, but regardless, the effects of reflexology on any number of conditions including fertility and cancer can mean it is a practice that stretches further than the hour of the session.

So what body parts can you help with reflexology?

Foot map showing some of the main reflexology points in different coloursPretty much any body part. When I’m running my finger on the underside of your sole during a reflexology treatment, I can feel if an organ or system is out of balance. For instance, if I am working on your right foot, I may feel some crunching, or popping under the surface of your skin when I put pressure on. This may mean that your liver is out of balance. It does not mean that you have liver failure, liver damage or any other such disease. It may mean that it’s a good idea to get it checked out by a medical practitioner if this goes on over a few sessions, but we do not diagnose. We can simply tell that your liver is struggling.

Working this back the other way with a health history is really helpful. So a client will come to us and say that they have an issue with fertility for instance. Often this can be an inexplicable reason, other times it will be because of a diagnosed condition such as endometriosis or PCOS.

I will then focus my attention to specific areas, say the reproductive area and then track back throughout the body system where else I think is out of balance. Using my training and years of specialist experience in fertility, I’ll then work with the client to see what we think they can change in their lifestyle to have a positive effect on their chances of conception.

It’s not unusual in an example such as the above to feel some imbalance around the ankle areas. These are the reproductive reflex zones. But, if the client is under a ton of stress, this can affect their relaxation and nervous system. There’s more on this here. It’s likely I’ll find something also out of balance around their toes.

Reflexology never fails to astound me on how it can affect and improve a health condition seemingly unrelated to the feet.

Doesn’t a reflexology session cover an entire body?

Yes it does. When I mention I’ll focus on an area, it means that I know this is why the client is coming and it gives me a starting point for which internal organs I need to zone in on and track back. But, I will always work your entire body during a session. We’ve seen too many times how one health condition can be affected by body health in a seemingly unrelated area.

Is reflexology a medical treatment or a complementary treatment?

Absolutely it is complementary. Doctors can prescribe and you can take traditional medication whilst receiving the complementary benefits of reflexology, either alongside or separate to whatever conventional treatment your doctor sees fit to give you for any condition.

Can reflexology be used to relieve pain?

I have studied and therefore have professional training in a particular branch of reflexology which uses nerve reflex points to reduce pain. This could be something as common as period pain (and/ or premenstrual syndrome), down to neuropathy or ongoing pain management. Using targeted acupressure in these instances is amazing. It shocks me every time. And I’ve been doing this for years now.

But here’s the thing. You come in, relax in a reclining chair and give me your feet. I press a few areas and can tell which part of your nervous system is struggling. And that’s when we get to work on using nerve reflexology to ease discomfort. We do not diagnose or classify symptoms associated with an issue. That’s down to your GP.

This is where we have issues. Because there generally isn’t the funding to show beyond anecdotal evidence that the energy flow client’s enjoy when they receive reflexology is useful in relieving chemical imbalances that lead to many diseases. We need significant current discussions to develop into clinical studies if this alternative therapy.

Certificate of Karen Botha the qualified reflexologist at Essential Feeling in RomfordHow do you qualify to be a reflexologist?

My certification is of a standard high enough for me to be a part of the AOR which is the Association of Reflexologist’s. So, for me, the efficacy of my training was far more advanced than some other courses which people can do. For instance, there is a one day course that I know of some local practitioners doing.

My education spanned months with hours of teaching on practical skills being developed alongside anatomy and physiology content. For instance, I learned not just about the human body, but also about chronic diseases such as diabetes. I learned how the pancreas can be fundamental if you’d like to avoid eye disease. And the integrative nature of how all the systems in our body link to create overall health, or illness. So the consultation process is so invaluable when you come for a session with us. It helps form the basis of your treatment, because we understand so much about the different conditions of our body — and how to use reflexes to ease the issues you are undergoing.

At the end of my training I sat an exam which gave me a level three therapists qualification which means I can practise in the UK and abroad.

Karen is the lead reflexologist at Essential Feeling who are based in Gidea Park, Romford, Essex. You may book your session online today.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis

Everything you need to know about endometriosis in women of reproductive age, including causes of endometriosis and common symptoms.

About 10% of all premenopausal women in the UK are diagnosed with endometriosis, a complex disorder of the female reproductive system, and they do not diagnose many others (the average diagnostic time is 7.5 years).

This condition can scar the daily lives of these women, influencing not only their monthly cycle, but on their entire being; from the ability of the immune system to control inflammation and infection to the effectiveness with which the body can produce and use energy. Eventually this can influence their mind and trust as women.

I know this from being both a professional working with women experiencing the paralysing effects of endometriosis and as an endometriosis patient.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a complex disorder of the female reproductive system in which cells, similar to those in the mucous membrane of the uterus, are found in other parts of the body.

During the monthly female cycle, fluctuation in hormones stimulates these cells to grow, then break down and bleed as they would in the mucous membrane of the uterus, resulting in inflammation, pain and scar tissue formation.

Symptoms of endometriosis include:

*Painful, heavy or irregular periods

*Agony during or after sexual intercourse

*Painful bowel movements

*Discomfort during ovulation

*Fatigue and foul mood

Symptoms of endometriosis may vary in intensity for each woman and the “severity” of endometriosis does not match necessarily to the amount of pain we experience. Some women may not have any mild symptoms or symptoms that appear to be “normal” menstrual pain. This does not mean that the endometrial lining of the womb has not ended up externally to the inside of your uterus. And it does not mean that this will not then cause issues with your fertility and your ability to get pregnant.

The approach of Natural Medicine I and the many women I have seen over the years testify to the restorative power that diet and natural supplements can bring to both the recovery and day-to-day management of endometriosis.

In fact, research published in Fertility & Sterility has shown that nutritional therapy through diet and supplements is more effective in relieving pain and improving quality of life than post-operative medical hormonal therapy.

Personally, I have used reflexology with impressive effect to manage the symptoms and side effects of endometriosis in women of reproductive age — including myself.

Five important changes in diet and lifestyle to help control your endometriosis.

Food colour: Research shows that women who ate green vegetables 13 or more times a week (about twice a day) were 70% less likely to have endometriosis.

A study published earlier this year concluded that foods rich in carotenoids (especially citrus fruits) also positively affect the symptoms of endometriosis.

Use smoothies, juices or soups to nourish deep. Bend your gut: Beneficial bacteria in the gut can reduce the production of beta-glucuronidase, an enzyme that redoes estrogen in the gut and can contribute to its dominance. Add natural and organic yogurt into your daily diet either by yourself or use it to make dressings and sauces.

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kefir are excellent sources of beneficial bacteria or take a probiotic supplement (min. 10 billion CFU).

Fats are essential: essential fats found in nuts, seeds, and fatty fish can reduce inflammation associated with endometriosis. Using essential fatty acids is blocked by processed oils and margarines, and white flour, sugar, excessive and monounsaturated animal fats, alcohol, poor nutrition and stress. Keeping them to a minimum is vital to reduce inflammation.

Consider gluten: More recently, research that classified endometriosis as an autoimmune condition has shown a better response among those on a gluten-free diet; 75% of participants found a significant decrease in symptoms by following a gluten-free diet for 12 months.

Be aware of what you put on your body: bleached tampons and sanitary napkins are a controversial area in the endometriosis debate. Tampons use bleached paper products containing dioxins, which have a detrimental effect on the hormonal system. Chemicals, such as parabens and phthalates, present in their toiletries and cosmetics have also been linked to the development of endometriosis.

How does reflexology help endometriosis?

During your reflexology session, we will use several protocols to help to balance your hormones, calm your over stimulated immune system, and ease the effects of endometriosis. The result being that we look to improve your fertility.

Some protocols we will use as part of your weekly treatment include:

• Endocrine sedation

• Reproductive sedation

• Uterus sedation

• Fallopian tube sweep

• Pelvic hold

• Solar plexus

• Sedation of any other affected areas: bladder, vagina, rectum, and so on

To book in for your reflexology treatment to help to re-balance and minimise the effects of endometriosis in women of reproductive age, then please follow this link to book online.

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Reflexology gift vouchers are the perfect gift of health and wellness.

If you’re looking to buy a treatment voucher for your loved one for Christmas or some other special occasion, then stop. You’ve found them the perfect gift of wellness. Buy electronic gift cards for reflexology treatments today and help the recipient find themselves again.

So much more than a foot massage.

When you buy reflexology gift vouchers, we’ll be working pressure points on your loved one’s feet. For sure, we’ll be using techniques that may seem a lot like massage, but reflexology isn’t a beauty treatment. We target pressure points to ease blockages in the body which when released, allow your body to operate at its most effective.

This means that we can help with any number of issues ranging from fertility to cancer care.

How does reflexology work?

Stress has a huge knock on effect of our body’s ability to effectively fight disease and stay in a healthy state. By alleviating the amount of stress that our body needs to cope with via reflexology gift vouchers, it has more energy for maintaining and improving general wellness. This is known as homeostasis.

Find out more about how reflexology works.

Are these electronic gift cards?

Yes they are. All our digital gift cards are available to purchase online through our authorised payment provider, Square. This ensures your healthy gift voucher cardsecurity and the absolute best service in terms of speed of delivery making them fantastic for last-minute gift ideas that allow your loved one to relax.

I can buy deals such as Groupon online, why would I spend more with you?

We are a local owner operator. When you purchase gift cards online with us, you’re not only supporting your local community, you’re also buying a quality massage or reflexology. Here’s the thing. In order to be able to offer discounts on sites such as Groupon, holistic therapists are prepared to not only cut the cost of their sessions by approx 50% but then they give a huge chunk of that amount over to the provider.

We were approached years ago about working with Groupon and it worked out that for every £62 session, we would come out with just over £10. This means you need to churn out a lot of sessions to break even on what we need to pay our bills. And this is tiring work. We don’t believe someone who is overworked and underpaid can effectively provide the gift of health nor the gift of wellness.

Fresh therapists with a vested interest in your loved one’s care.

We limit the amount of massage and reflexology treatments that we do in any one day to ensure that we always treat every client to the best of our ability. And to their unique needs. We tailor our massage and reflexology sessions to what they need to take away from their session. We never follow a pre-determined routine. You may be buying electronic gift cards from us, but you are certainly never buying generic products of a shelf.

At Essential Feeling we excel in providing the peace of rest and relaxation. Our excellence is born through maintaining our prices so that we have the energy to resolve the issues your loved one needs our help with during the hour that they are with us for.

You are not buying the recipient a standard treatment gift voucher, our reflexology gift vouchers and massage gift certificates are a period of time for your loved one to forget the heady details of real life and unload.

Who will be the reflexologist?

gift card shop order online massage reflexologyKaren will be your experienced reflexologist. She has been working full time in reflexology for the best part of ten years now and is experienced in helping clients with a range of wellbeing needs.

So if you have purchased reflexology gift vouchers from Essential Feeling, your loved one will have a reflexology treatment that is so much more than a convenient and easy to buy digital gift card. You’re buying them the gift of health.

 

Buy your reflexology gift vouchers online now.

The best reflexology post COVID lockdown in Romford.

Post COVID lockdown finding the best reflexology isn’t as easy as it once was. It’s not just the reflexologist and their training that you need to check out. But also their safety practises to make sure that your entire health is being taken care of whilst you’re having your reflexology treatment. Settling down for a relaxing foot massage with no other considerations is now a thing of the past.

That’s why we’ve got you covered at Essential Feeling in Gidea Park, Romford. Karen your MAR reflexologist will work your feet whilst ensuring your health is being taken care of.

We’re taking into account all the COVID health practises advised by the Association of Reflexologist’s which we’ve listed below. And then we have installed some additional safety precautions to maintain a healthy environment for but you as our client and us.

We have installed a unique simultaneous air conditioning unit which has groundbreaking virus filter technology in Client receiving best refleoxlogy in Gidea Park, Romfordboth our massage and reflexology therapy rooms.

Besides this, for the reflexology, we now also have a large perspex shield. This folds out once you are seated comfortably so that both it protects you and your therapist not only by the mask which is now a legal requirement but also by this shield.

Why do we take extra precautions during your reflexology therapy?

We all want to be safe. You’ll notice from our current online reviews that we take your reflexology treatment seriously. And we’re good at it, we hope we’re the best. But we want to do more. We want you to know that when you come to us that our holistic approach to your wellbeing aren’t just empty words.

And second, reflexology is a transference of energy. If we’re uptight and dealing with stress, that’s not the right situation for you to get the best out of your session. And we strive to give the best reflexology treatments in the area, so every technique we can use to relax your body and your mind just enhances your treatment outcomes.

Giving the best reflexology is about more than thumb walking and pressure points. It’s about ensuring that you’re enjoying your time to the max.

Want to know a little more about reflexology?

Some people confuse reflexology with a foot massage. Both work on the feet and use a relaxing massage motion which eases tension and eeks out tightness.

However, besides this, reflexology uses targeted pressure techniques to help your intrinsic relaxation resulting in stress reduction. As doctors now say that 80% of all health issues they see in the GP surgery are stress related, then this practice has many benefits over and above a person being chilled out.

We can aid sleep by working your big toe, ease hay-fever by working all the toes, and reduce migraines by working a distinct part of your big toe.

We read your feet, for instance, hard and cracked skin around your heel could be a sign of hormone imbalance, or pain in your back. Hard skin on the ball of your foot could mean that you have issues with your chest, or that you’re carrying some emotional heartache.

We use these techniques and combine them with using the correct reflex to give you the most healing outcome for your personal experience. Sometimes, it can be over one step, we’re using building blocks to support your ongoing health improvement. Other times, you will only need one session and will leave feeling like you’ve received the right level of support for you to walk out on air.

Having the best reflexology is more than a physical therapy. We’re not just pressing randomly to relieve pressure. Our practitioner uses hands and thumbs to keep you relaxed and comfortable but also to help your body cope with specific disorders, including nervous conditions, calming your overactive brain and improving your circulation and lymph flow.

What is the theory of reflexology?

Reflexology began almost simultaneously in the West and Chinese medicine. The theory of both are similar because it uses the effects of gentle pressure whilst your reflexologist focuses their attention on different organs and systems that need help in functioning optimally. This brings about a state known in the medical profession as homeostasis.
Association of reflexology recommendations post COVID government lockdown:

*Additional cleaning measures to include disinfecting any areas that clients touch.
*Airing out the treatment room between clients and not using our waiting room.
*Scheduling clients so that there is no crossover within the therapy rooms
*Using sheets over the reclining chair in which you’ll relax and even sleep during your reflexology treatment
* Hand gels (which we’ve always used)
This is besides the cleaning regimes that we’ve always had in place.

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Progesterone hypersensitivity and how it affects fertility, miscarriage and early menopause.

What is progesterone hypersensitivity?

progesterone hypersensitivity skin rash example
This is a mild example of what you might expect

Progesterone hypersensitivity is a challenging disease also known as autoimmune progesterone dermatitis. Heterogeneous skin eruptions characterise the condition which start out feeling like you’re getting a burn.

Your symptoms can be multiforme and range from slight to extreme. Extreme side effects to progesterone can cause

your skin to feel like it’s burning, coming up in lesions and blisters.

Less severe outcomes in women may be hives or a skin rash.

These rashes may happen cyclically during the second part (luteal phase) of your menstrual cycle, post ovulation, because they link it to the rise in your progesterone hormone levels, but this isn’t a fail-safe diagnostic tool.

The phases of fertility and successful conception

What does progesterone do for fertility?

Progesterone does a bunch of stuff in our female body, but when we talk about pregnancy, it creates a thick and warm environment in our womb for our embryo to embed.

It is therefore a key fertility hormone.

Six hormones that are key to pregnancy and avoiding early miscarraige

How does progesterone hypersensitivity affect fertility and miscarriage?

During the stages of your early pregnancy it is imperative to maintain your levels of progesterone because it helps to prepare your uterus for the baby to implant by thickening the lining of your womb.

After about 9 weeks, the placenta takes over this role. But, it’s easy to see why ladies who suffer with the unfortunate but highly rare condition of progesterone hypersensitivity, are more likely to suffer an early miscarriage.

Without this thick bed lining our uterus, it’s difficult for the embryo to nestle in with enough stability to see it through the developments that take place during the first trimester of your pregnancy. It’s difficult for women to control their response to the hormone.

Therefore, if you don’t have enough progesterone, you have an increased chance of early miscarriage.

Progesterone hypersensitivity can happen during a normal pregnancy and also, as we see below, when you’re having fertility treatment.

I’m having IVF, can I avoid this situation?

If you’re a patient of any fertility treatment including IVF and ICSI, then you’ll take progesterone on the same day that your eggs are collected. This is to stimulate a nice, thick lining to your womb.

Some side effect of the progesterone pessary (suppository) or less common, an injection which fertility clinics prescribe their patients are:

*Insomnia

*Dizziness and/ or tiredness/ nausea

*Mood swings

*Bloating, often accompanied by cramps

As with all hyperstimulated hormonal balancing techniques, there are a ton of potential side effects besides the above. We’ve listed these below this article** for the sake of being diligent. But your fertility clinic should run through these with you. So, please don’t panic, these severe side effects are incredibly rare.

However, today, we’re picking out one of these rare forms of reactions, progesterone hypersensitivity, which results in the reddening of your skin.

Can I get tested to see if I’m likely to suffer with progesterone hypersensitivity?

First off, we’re talking about a rare disease here. But, if you like the idea of getting a standard dermatology allergy test to determine a pre-existing sensitivity, then they are available.

*If you suffer with some common side effects in the latter part of your cycle, then this could be a principled reason to get tested.

*Or, if you’ve been on progesterone only contraceptives such as an oral tablet or implant and had a poor reaction.

This report will determine whether you have a natural predisposition to reacting negatively to the hormone.

This works by putting a negligible amount of progesterone into your skin and testing your results. If you test positive then you can speak to your doctor or fertility specialist about their view on how sensitive you will be during a pregnancy. Particularly if you’re having months of fertility treatment.

How will I be treated for progesterone hypersensitivity?

Legally we need to spell out that we’re not doctors. We’re giving you a run down of the options we’ve heard of, but your medical specialist will treat you in accordance for what is right for your specific symptoms.

Very often your clinical practitioners will give you steroids to reduce the swelling either by cream or injections.

Is there another way to get the same fertility results without using progesterone?

It’s difficult because our body is so attuned to give us what we need, that each hormone has its own role to play.

When you suffer with a progesterone hypersensitivity reaction, depending on the severity of it, your doctor may stop adding this into your treatment plan. An old way that doctors used to help offset this hole in your plan is to add in HCG.

Read about your cycle and hormone balance throughout.

HCG is another hormone produced by your body. The role of this is to stimulate your corpus luteum.

The corpus luteum is the case of the egg, which once you ovulate dies off. This stimulates a surge in progesterone levels. So, by increasing your HCG, doctors are trying to stimulate your body to produce more progesterone. It hasn’t shown significant results from what we’ve read, but your doctors will know more because they will also have a specific view of your personal situation.

Is there anything else that may help?

Sometimes, after your miscarriage, your symptoms will continue for a period. These symptoms don’t last just a few days and then rectifies after you stop taking the drugs.

There is a possible option which you may want to look at in time. The symptoms don’t go immediately into remission. But, once they have, doctors can look at exposing you to insignificant amounts of progesterone over a prolonged period.

Desensitisation therapy works a little like any other allergy where the theory is that when you have exposure to a paltry amount of something, your body learns to build its tolerance. But this takes time.

We haven’t heard of any other medicine that works against this diagnosis.

We may have another solution.

Medical rectification to this disorder may be limited, but you need not be at a complete loss. We have seen repeatedly at Essential Feeling how powerful reflexology can balance hormones.

Fertility preparation

If we do this prior to you having treatment such as IVF or ICSI, the theory is that your body is more balanced. An autoimmune condition happens when your body misreads the signals and thinks its being attacked. It then does everything it can to rid your system of these invaders.

One way it does this is through your skin. So when you’re sick you’re always told to drink a lot of water, because this is the easiest way for your body to rid itself of toxins. And it avoids these painful inflammations, which is the panic mode used when all else fails. when you’re sick, you’re always told to drink a lot of water, because this is the easiest way for your body to rid itself of toxins. And it avoids these painful inflammations, which is the panic mode used when all else fails.

So, when we add, in this case, a heightened level of progesterone, quickly and unexpectedly, if your body starts out off balance, it tips over the eradication scale faster.

Explanation of progesterone and how hypersensitivity can affect fertility and early miscarraige

I’m not sure I’m explaining this well.

Think about it like this.

You are stressed at work; you have a bunch of emails, the phone rings whilst you’re trying to answer them and your boss calls you in to talk about the state of a massive project you’re working on.

Now, think about that same meeting with your boss where beforehand you know it’s coming, you have spent the night before preparing and you have made some great notes.

Which meeting will mean you get to present yourself and your knowledge in the best light?

This is how the body works.

So, if we let your immune system feel relaxed and at ease, then it’s less likely to spiral out of control, looking to fight fires where they don’t exist.

We can use this to help speed up your recovery after you’ve experienced a symptom such as an eczematous eruption.

Post outbreak/ allergic reaction

The above example relies on you knowing because you’ve already been diagnosed that you have a tendency to react to progesterone. But what happens if you only find out when you’ve already had that reaction. Or an early miscarriage?

This is when we use reflexology to calm the inflammation that results from progesterone hypersensitivity. We aim to balance your progesterone back with your oestrogen through using reflex points on your feet to release that internal stress we described above. This means your body isn’t fighting itself so much with the outcome being that your symptoms decrease.

We have also shown reflexology treatments at Essential Feeling an elsewhere reduce inflammation. If we can do this for you, then we can not only speed up the time it takes for your body to rebalance, but we can also ease the path to your recovery by reducing pain and swelling.

Check out our YouTube video on hay fever. You can see how swelling because of an allergic reaction to pollen goes down in minutes. Without the use of any drugs such as anti histamine,

To book in for reflexology to help balance your hormones and ease inflammation, you can use our online booking system.

** More rare forms of reaction to progesterone stimulation

  • Signs of an allergic reaction including anaphylaxis, anaphylactic shock
  • Pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs or anywhere on your skin
  • Chest pain or pressure, a sudden cough or wheezing. Rapid breathing.
  • Vision problems that appear often with a nasty headache
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Pain or burning when you pee
  • Depression symptoms
  • A lump in your breast
  • Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Fast onset of numbness or weakness
  • Other issues with speech, balance, numbness

How can I stop my insomnia?

Definition of insomnia

Before we answer, ‘how can I stop my insomnia?’

Insomnia is a sleep disorder. If you suffer with insomnia, it is difficult to fall asleep, to stay asleep, or both.

When you have insomnia you won’t wake feeling refreshed after a night’s sleep. This is tricky because it has a ton of knock-on effects because of the resultant fatigue.

Of all sleep disorders, insomnia is the most common. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) notes that one-third of adults report symptoms. But, what’s more worrying, is that there are between 6 to 10 percent of us who have symptoms of insomnia which are severe enough for us to get a diagnosis of ‘insomnia disorder’.

The clinical diagnosis of this disorder is when you have trouble falling asleep. And staying asleep.

  • Sleep difficulties for at least three nights a week. This must last a minimum of three months.
  • Sleep difficulties create a major distress or functional difficulties in your life.

Let’s investigate these types of insomnia in more detail.

Insomnia causes

There are many causes of insomnia. And it links them to your particular type of sleeplessness.

You may suffer with short-term insomnia. This is an acute condition often created by a spike in stress from e.g. an upsetting or traumatic event. It can even come from changes to your sleep habits if e.g. you’re travelling a lot with work.

Chronic insomnia is a more continued issue. It lasts for at least three months. This is usually secondary to another problem, for example:

  • A medical condition which causes e.g. pain which keeps you awake. Many of our clients with lower back pain or sciatica suffer with this.
  • Psychological issues also play a part. If you have anxiety or depression, they wake up at night when the world is lacking distraction.
  • Substance use including cocaine and alcohol stimulate us and prevent sleep

Risk factors for a reduced ability to sleep

Some people are more naturally pre-disposed to not being able to sleep well than others, although it may occur at any age. Insomnia is more likely to affect females than males.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)Trusted Source, other health concerns increase your chances of suffering with sleep disruption.

  • top levels of stress
  • emotional disorders, such as depression or distress related to a life event
  • lower income leads to stress
  • travelling to different time zones and changing shift patterns
  • Sedentary lifestyle means your joints may cause you pain. Obesity and cardiovascular disease.
  • hormonal shifts such as menopause.

Insomnia symptoms

You’ll know if you’re experiencing insomnia because you’ll report one of these three symptoms.

  • waking up too early
  • not feeling refreshed when you wake
  • Trouble falling asleep. Or staying asleep.

These symptoms of insomnia then lead to other symptoms, including:

  • fatigue
  • mood changes
  • irritability and difficulty concentrating

Treating insomnia

You can get pharmaceutical drugs to help you sleep, but there are also nonpharmaceutical treatments for insomnia. Always speak to your doctor about what treatments are appropriate for you.

A combination of techniques may work best to cure your insomnia. It depends on your personal circumstances. For instance, if your issues are stress, anxiety or depression, then your focus may well be different to someone suffering because of pain from arthritis.

Sleep hygiene

We’ve adopted behaviours that interfere with sleep and cause us to lie awake at night.

Some sleep hygiene routines which may help cure your inability to sleep could be:

  • avoid caffeinated beverages within a few hours of bedtime
  • Give exercise near bedtime a wide berth. Whilst exercise is good, it’s also a stimulant so pick your time.
  • minimise the time spent on your bed when you’re not intending to sleep also helps to train your mind that bed is only for sleeping

Home remedies to help stop disturbed sleep

Lifestyle changes, or home remedies are often effective at curing insomnia.

Warm milk and herbal tea such as chamomile are well known natural sleep aids.

Meditation

Meditation is one of our personal favourites which we use within our reflexology sleep aid and massage for insomnia. We love it because not only does it work, but it’s a natural and drug-free method for treating insomnia.

Meditation is so effective that the Mayo Clinic says that meditation also helps symptoms of conditions that may contribute to insomnia.

  • stress and anxiety
  • depression
  • digestive problems and pain

Melatonin

The body naturally produces the hormone melatonin during the sleep cycle. People often take melatonin supplements, hoping to improve their sleep. However, this is also produced naturally by the body during a massage. Hence why the massage for insomnia is such a brilliant choice for many people.

Melatonin for sleep

Insomnia and pregnancy

Just like when women head into menopause their sleep cycles can go haywire because of hormones, the same is relevant during pregnancy when insomnia is common. Especially in your first and third trimesters.

It may not be that you can’t sleep per se, more that fluctuating hormones cause you to feel nauseous which prevents sleep. As done the increased need to pee and being generally uncomfortable.

Depending on why you can’t sleep will determine which holistic therapy is best. Reflexology can help with balancing hormones, calming emotional stress and cutting out nausea. Massage helps with being uncomfortable, including cramps.

If you’re looking to change more lifestyle elements that help stop insomnia:

  • keeping active during your pregnancy stops you seizing up
  • maintaining a healthy diet improves constipation, and gut issues
  • it might sound odd as you’re in the loo so much already, but staying well-hydrated stops you from swelling up, improving your comfort
  • maintaining a consistent sleep schedule
  • practising relaxation techniques such as meditation and holistic therapies during the day as we’ve described above

We would always advise that you make any lifestyle changes such as increased exercise with your doctor first though as everyone’s starting point and body are different and it’s important to do only what is safe for your personal circumstances.

Types of insomnia

Distinct ways to characterise insomnia are below. Please note that some of these types of insomnia overlap.

Causes of disturbed sleep

Your inability to sleep can have either  a primary or secondary cause

Primary insomnia is when another condition does not cause your insomnia. Your issues such as stress, work, bereavement cause these changes in your sleep patterns.

Secondary insomnia (often classed as comorbid insomnia) is the opposite. An underlying health condition or lifestyle habit, such as depression or anxiety, are playing with your mind at bed time.

Duration of insomnia

Short-term (acute) types of insomnia include situational insomnia and episodic insomnia. We know. It’s getting technical! Let’s explain.

Situational insomnia (acute) and lasts only for days, sometimes up to a few weeks. But, episodic insomnia lasts for one to three months, so it goes on for longer.

Layered on top of this, there is chronic (long lasting) forms.

These include persistent insomnia and recurrent insomnia.

Persistent insomnia lasts for at least three months.

Recurrent insomnia doesn’t continue for as long. But you will have at least two episodes of insomnia (episodic insomnia) over one year.

Symptoms of insomnia

We’ve discussed symptoms of insomnia in more detail on different pages, so check them out.

These include insomnia and depression and anxiety.

Hopefully we’ve answered your questions, ‘How can I stop my insomnia?’ To book in for one of our insomnia sessions, please read the pages as detailed above under the headings to establish which holistic therapy will best help your personal conditions. To get in touch, text us on 07757 946023.

Endometriosis

You’ve just had your endometriosis diagnosis and finally, you have a reason. Something to hang your hat on for all the painful periods and gut wrenching sex.

But what is endometriosis?

Hormones cause endometriosis.

We have tissue which is sticky so that when we are trying for a baby, the egg can implant. Endometriosis happens when this sticky lining goes wayward and gets outside our womb. Because it is so sticky it causes no end of trouble as it passes on its journey around our pelvic girdle, sticking bits and pieces of organs together in places they were never meant to sitck!

This causes our pain and inflammation.

You’ll notice I’m talking about the ‘we’ here. That’s because I have Endometriosis too. I had one operation which had me off work for six weeks. And then they still didn’t get all the pesky tissue, so I was on strong hormone injections for months after that. They type that they give to women with breast cancer with a needle the size of a baby’s arm. Not fun.

When it was time for another op, I called a halt to the surgery. There must be a better way, I thought.

And there is.

Where are the common places the endometrial lining sticks to?

*Ovaries and fallopian tubes
*Exterior of your uterus
*Your bowel
*Mine got itself to my kidneys!

Endometriosis pain

Endometriosis ovary pain is common around the time of our period. This is because this tissue breaks down as our hormones change during our menstrual cycle. Hence why we get more pain around the time of our period.
Over time the effects of this build and we get long-term painful adhesions or scar tissue.

Endometriosis symptoms

Signs and symptoms of endometriosis include pain just before, during, or after menstruation. This is the most common endometriosis symptom.

The level of this pain can be different from woman to woman. Many find it debilitating.

There are some key times when we experience more pain:

*During or after sex
*During bowel movements or urination

Another endometriosis symptom is ongoing lower back pain, or in the pelvis.

At the other extreme, many women with endometriosis have mild or no symptoms. They only find out when they try to conceive and struggle. It depends on where that sticky lining attaches itself to. If it’s not pulling anything that causes pain then you won’t experience any symptoms. Where you feel pain will give you a sign of where the growths are internally.

Read more about surprising causes of lower back pain.

What are the first signs of endometriosis?

It’s often tricky to tell the difference between cramps and endometriosis. As a general rule, if your cramps continue for 2 days after your period has ended, then this is one of the first signs of endometriosis.

However, cramps can also be a sign of fibroids. These are non-cancerous growths around the uterine area. The difference between fibroids and endometriosis is that pain from the former is any time of the month.

And don’t rule out how this can affect teens. When their periods start, if it throws them backwards for a few days, this can be a sign of the condition.

Likewise, regular pain during sex can be another indicator.

Endometriosis and infertility

As we’ve said, some ladies only find out they have endometriosis when they struggle with fertility. Around one third of women with the disease have trouble getting pregnant.

The issue here may be because of scarring, but no-one is sure. We see the disease pass down through families so there is a role of heredity where your risk increases if your mother had endometriosis.

There’s also another theory that it’s down to the flow of menstrual blood. Some say that blood flows back through our fallopian tubes and into our pelvic cavity instead of out of our body.

The reason people class endometriosis as an autoimmune disorder is because it’s a faulty immune system that cannot get rid of these misplaced cells. However, one theory which works against the autoimmune theory is that we’ve had abdominal cells since we were embryos. If these keep their ability to become endometrial cells, then this is just pure genetics rather than a disease.

Who is at risk?

There are several classes that put you more at risk, including:
*Women in our 30s and 40s
*no previous children
*lengthy periods, lasting over 7 days
*cycles which last less than 28 days
*started our periods before we were 12
*mother with the same endometrial symptoms

Severe endometriosis treatment

It’s possible for many women to continue their daily lives without medical intervention. They may need to take some anti-inflammatory drugs at certain times of the month, but other than that they go on with their business unaffected.
It’s only when they want a baby that things get tricky.

The standard medical treatment for severe endometriosis is to go in for a laparoscopy which is an operation which lasts a brief period. During this a small incision is inserted in your belly button, and they inflate you. And then the surgeon will remove as much of the sticky lining as they can. You then have a brief window of fertility when your reproductive areas are free of the ‘gunk’ and so able to work freely without being tangled up.

Surgical procedures sound like a life line, but they have recovery time and trust me, that’s longer than you expect.

How does reflexology help?

I don’t know. That’s the issue with reflexology there isn’t enough formal research out there. But, speaking from personal experience on both sides of the counter, it works. As I write this, we’re in the middle of COVID-19. My clients are texting me, going crazy with their symptoms flaring up and mine are doing the same. When we feel like this, it doesn’t matter what reflexology does to treat endometriosis, it’s enough to know that it does. And we’re happy for the relief it provides.

What I do know is that when you come in for a reflexology therapy for endometriosis, I’m working to balance your hormones. By doing this, everything in your abdominal area functions better. It’s getting the right messages from your brain, so by treating the source, we treat the problems.

This is the same concept as your doctor giving you birth control pills to balance out your production of oestrogen and progestin. Another way that doctors manage endometriosis symptoms is through mimicking menopause.

Neither are a splendid solution if you’re looking to get pregnant!

And so reflexology treatments are helpful. On top of that I layer in work to reduce inflammation which is great for pain reduction.

If you would like to add in an optional fertility massage then we an also help to un-stick some areas. This is something I have and although it is uncomfortable during the session, afterwards the effects are immediate.

For some ladies this means that their symptoms stabilise, and their pain diminishes. This also means that when they go for IVF of ICSI, they are better placed to have a few cycles because their issues are not reproducing as fast, giving them a greater window to try for pregnancy.

Other’s symptoms quell which improves their natural fertility and their quality of life as their pain is no longer a factor.

You can use the online booking system or you can text us on 07757 946023.

Can reflexology help with fertility?

When you start out asking ‘can reflexology help with fertility?’ it’s important to understand one thing. We don’t always understand! And that’s OK because, did you know that the traditional medical field don’t always understand why medicine works? They just know from the testing procedure that it does.

I know. We were shocked too!

Complementary therapies such as reflexology and massage can offer you benefits if you’re trying to conceive though. As long as you’re coming to a fertility trained therapist — like we are at Essential Feeling, Gidea Park.

Not all reflexologists and massage therapists know how to adapt treatments to your specific conditions, your cycle and your IVF journey if you’re on one.

At Essential Feeling in Gidea Park, Romford, Essex, we often focus on the woman, just because they are the more open to coming for this kind of complementary therapy. It’s you as the female who is going through the assisted reproductive technologies, who has had the miscarriage or is checking every month for a positive pregnancy test.

But the male client is important to the fertility process. They often sit on the outside looking in. So, we help with lifestyle factors that may affect your fertility path.

The role of your fertility reflexology therapistKaren the MAR reflexologist specialising in Fertility at Essential Feeling Gidea park, Romford giving reflexology on foot

Our role as your fertility practitioner is serious. We’ve undergone several advanced training courses in fertility reflexology, but we have also enhanced our learning with a continuous cycle of other training materials. You will often find us at home, reading recent articles, have a stash of books we are always adding to on the fertility subject.

And we’ve also trained in nutrition and counselling.

The overall effect is that we have a plethora of resource upon which to draw, before we start with the role our years of experience plays in understanding not only the main issues of infertility but how these fit into your lifestyle.

We’re able to work with you throughout your early pregnancy in your first trimester. And we understand the risk of miscarriage. We’re not about to give you false hope, we’ve been around the block too many times for that. But we will always be honest with you. And clear about our role. And yours.

If you need us to communicate with your other healthcare professionals, then that’s also great.

Factors reducing fertility

There are different quotes out there, but anything from a quarter to a third of couples struggle to conceive. Even without specific fertility issues, in our modern stressful lives it can take two years to conceive.

The reasons affecting your fertility will be different to the person we meet after you. But here are a few of the common factors that may reduce fertility:

*Nutrition: this may not be in line with what is good for improving your fertility even if you have a ‘healthy’ food consumption.

*Alcohol and drug use: read our post on this for full information.

*Environmental toxins: We’ve written about what are toxins and they’re useful to understand.

*Age: There’s no getting away from it. Your age matters. Once you reach 35 the quality of your eggs diminishes and between 40 and 41, your eggs are in danger of being so poor quality that natural fertility is affected. Even IVF may struggle at this point. Men also have issues after the age of 40, so it’s not all on the female!

*Weight: if your BMI is too high or too low, it will negatively affect your hormonal balance.

This is before we start with conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis for women and low sperm count for men. You can see why this is a minefield!

Now, to the marvellous stuff!

Potential benefits of fertility massage and reflexology.

We’ve said elsewhere on this site about the lack of medical research on fertility improving after reflexology. But there are plenty of case studies, and we also have years of working with fertility clients.

Supporting natural fertility

In order for successful conception to occur:

  • Balanced hormone levels, so the egg develops
  • As a woman you must ovulate so your egg is releases. Some menstrual cycles are anovulatory (we release no egg). Hormone levels affect this.
  • It’s important to have sex at the right time in your cycle.
  • A male’s sperm need to be healthy and have a good count.
  • The lining of your uterus needs to be perfect to induce implantation of the egg in its wall
  • After all of this, hormone levels still need to be at the right balance to support your foetal and placental development.

Note: The stress of trouble conceiving can cause hormonal imbalance. This negatively affects your chance of a successful pregnancy.

We have seen repeatedly how effective reflexology is at reducing stress. It’s also great at balancing hormone levels. Combining the two techniques into one reflexology for fertility session are wonderful.

Effects of stress on fertility

We cannot underestimate the effects of stress when talking about fertility. Whether this be natural or supported with a process such as IVF or ICSI. The whole concept of wanting a child and to form a family and it being out of your control is stressful. Deal with the stress and the rest often follows. Even with health issues such as endometriosis, because it’s hormone imbalance that creates this issue and by balancing out stress, we balance out these hormonal messages which trigger infertility disease.

So answering your question, can reflexology help with fertility? we are happy to say yes. 

What causes infertility — including cocaine use and infertility?

This heading, what causes infertility including cocaine use and infertility, is long for a reason. Many of my fertility clients are comfortable talking about alcohol, because they have read a lot online about this affecting their ability to conceive. However, many people don’t even think about how drug use, which in the modern world is predominantly cocaine, can affect their ability to have a child.

So, I had to make the title long to cover off what people may search for in google and then add the cocaine in at the end. Because this is an important topic and without the message getting out there, men and women will continue to take drugs that effects sperm quality and the ability to conceive.

Here we go.

First off, in the bid to cover off everything about what causes infertility and how cocaine use can affect fertility, we need to look at the chemical effects that happen in our body when we have exposure to drugs, including cocaine.

How does cocaine affect the chemical (hormone) balance of our brain?

Dopamine is one chemical our body produces to make us feel good. Cocaine attaches and then binds around this molecule like a sheath. This means that it blocks the body from removing dopamine which then accumulates. This increase of dopamine is what causes the heightened response in our body and subsequent actions.

All this produces waste which your body would normally have gotten rid of naturally and now has to deal with. This leads to an increase stress load which is one of the major factors in modern day infertility.

Cocaine use and female infertility

Drugs affect the female reproductive system. And what’s scary considering that women are the ones who carry the child is that women are more vulnerable to the longer-term effects of drugs. This is because women are physiologically different in weight and hormone balance. This means that the way a female breaks down the excess toxins left over from drug use essentially isn’t as effective. This is what leads to the longer term damage to their reproductive system.

For example:

Cocaine will affect menstrual cycles. Periods may be heavier or lighter and you’ll invariably experience increased cramping. Obviously, as this is a change in your hormonal balance, we can directly see a link between fertility and cocaine use, but here are some details.

If your periods are light, your body isn’t cleansing out the old blood in your womb. As this is what your body nestles into, it’s not a secure basis for implantation. Think about having blown plaster on a wall and then just plastering over it. The wall will still be weak underneath.

When you have heavier than normal periods, you’re being more aggressive at cleansing. Not great when you’re trying to conceive.

In terms of cramping, one thing I regularly tell my fertility reflexology clients is that they need to keep their abdomen area as soft as possible. No crunches or other ab work. This is so the egg has a wonderfully soft place to implant. Cramping works against this.

Cocaine can also harm your reproductive system. Here are some examples:

*cocaine may damage your fallopian tubes leading to ovulation issues.

*the effects of cocaine on our hormonal balance and thus ovulation for months

*if you are lucky enough to get pregnant through all of this, then your chances of suffering with recurrent pregnancy losses is greater.

Sexually transmitted disease

STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and infections can affect your fertility in the longer term. Using drugs, including alcohol in this is that you are more likely to put yourself in danger of contracting one of these when you are under the influence because the chemical changes to our brain mean that we are more of a risk taker. As a side note, these can also lead to cancer later on down the line too. For sure there’s a fertility risk if you e.g. need a hysterectomy, but cancer in itself is best avoided we think!

What’s the research on cocaine use and infertility?

One study that I’ve just found quickly on the internet conclusively found that drugs and alcohol are related to infertility in women. And the higher the use, including alcohol, leads to a higher percentage of fertility problems. This study also showed that tobacco products lead to a delay in conception.

Sexual arousal

On the flip side to taking risks, drugs over time can also lead to a reduction in our libido. Women’s vaginal lubrication can be reduced, as is the ability to reach an orgasm. Fertility aside, I think we could all do without that little complication!

Cocaine use and male infertility

STDs also affect men in the same way as they do women leading to their sperm being damaged. You can do ‘it’ at the right time every month, but without those little swimmers getting to where they need to be in enough quantity and of the right quality to break through the follicle’s membrane, you will not get pregnant naturally.

Hormone levels change

Specifically looking at fertility in men linked to cocaine use (note we’re not talking abuse) their hormone levels change in the same way women are affected. This slows down sperm movement, which as we’ve discussed above, leads to infertility. Or issues in getting pregnant in the very least.

Cocaine disrupts how the male body creates sperm (spermatogenesis). This affects reproduction. If a man has had long-term cocaine use, then our sperm count will be lowered because we can’t produce as much because of the damage. But also, those that are already in production have a poorer mobility. It also leads to a deformity in them leading to a higher abnormality count.

In addition, research has shown that men’s fertility health is further affected by damages to the microscopic ultrastructure of the testicles. This leads to irreversible fertility issues.

Quick sidestep

On this note, let’s take a quick sidestep to steroids which increase testosterone in our bloodstream. This conns our brain into thinking we have enough and so it doesn’t produce as much naturally. This leads to poor sperm quality and thus infertility. It’s the same effect with excessive muscle building exercise. And these effects can be medium to long term.

Sexual arousal and physical affects

Drugs also affected sexual arousal. Over time, men may suffer with a lack of sexual arousal, and the knock on physical effects of that. And don’t be fooled by the short-term spike in sexual arousal. Everything needs to balance out. And this spike is only short-lived. Cocaine can lead to erectile dysfunction and delayed orgasm. Neither are great for enhancing your conception chances.

Continued affects on your child even after birth

In the same way females are still affected by cocaine use after pregnancy, the same applies to men. If you get pregnant despite your drug use, then research shows that your child will be more likely to miscarry because of defective sperm, and even at full term, your child will be smaller with a lower birth rate.

What causes infertility?

Don’t forget, when you use cocaine and other recreational drugs, you’re piling all of these negative effects on top of the common causes for infertility such as

  • The age of the woman
  • General issues that affect the male sperm count and quality
  • Irregular periods, ovulation issues and tubal disease
  • Factors such as endometriosis, PCOS and fibroids (among others)
  • The anatomical matching between a particular male and female reproductive systems.

In conclusion

When we’re looking at what causes infertility, cocaine use and infertility are inextricably linked. There is no way around this. So if you’re trying to get pregnant and it’s not happening, then it may be worth looking into your consumption of illegal or damaging substances such as cocaine.

If you’d like to book an appointment with us for fertility reflexology so we can help to cleanse your system and work with you on a path to improving the effects of drug use, then book online.

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Reflexology vs acupuncture

Many people have heard of acupuncture. But, they’re still asking what’s the difference between reflexology vs acupuncture?

Both modalities have their origins in traditional Chinese medicine and although both are similar in the sense they alternative therapies, or as we like to refer to them, complementary therapies. Both modalities balance your entire body (holistic) through releasing energy flow, there are some intrinsic differences between reflexology vs acupuncture.

Acupuncture uses needles to puncture the surface of the skin
Acupuncture uses needles
The key difference for me is that acupuncture uses needles to pierce, or puncture, the skin.
Karen the MAR reflexologist specialising in Fertility at Essential Feeling Gidea park, Romford giving reflexology on foot
Reflexology uses pressure points to relax and balance at once

Your reflexologist will use a combination of differing pressures (acupressure) on the surface of your skin using a kind of massage which is done within ‘reflex zones’ specifically on ‘reflex points’. Each of these relate to other parts of the body which are not usually reached with a normal massage.

There are no needles involved in reflexology, it is totally non-invasive and very often your practitioner only use a gentle pressure combined with healing energy to improve your health. It also has a wonderfully relaxing effect.

Many clients who have tried acupuncture and then moved to reflexology because they didn’t like it, say that the benefits of reflexology is that is so much more relaxing.

Similarities between reflexology and acupuncture.

Both treatments work with the sympathetic nervous system to calm it down, so in theory clients should fall asleep just as they do in reflexology. However, there is something about having needles sticking out of them during the process that makes them tense and hinders their ability to relax.

Reflexology is like time out.

Thankfully, this doesn’t happen with reflexology which is like a wellness time out, whereas when they’ve had a therapy involving needles, clients describe it as being more like a doctor’s appointment.

While reflexology uses reflexes (pressure points) in the hands and feet the location of which largely resemble the shape of the human body, acupuncture has a more haphazard approach in that the meridians channel all over your body.

So, while reflexology works on the entire body using many pressure points within one area, mainly the feet (although there is foot and hand reflexology) acupuncture uses meridians spread throughout your torso and from foot up to the top of your head.

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Hopefully that has explained a little of what you were interested in finding out about acupuncture and reflexology. Just one more thing to note, reflexology is safe throughout pregnancy as long as you are attending sessions at a clinic with a trained pregnancy reflexologist as we are at Essential Feeling. If you’d like to ask specific questions, please email us at admin@essentialfeeling.co.uk. Or you can book online now.

Effects of stress on health

Imagine sitting in traffic and you’re late for an important meeting, or for picking the kids up from school. How stressed does that make you feel? These are the effects of stress on health.

The fact that it makes you feel anything means that stress has an emotional effect on your health. Anything which affects our body, either positively or negatively and whether that be mental or physical, has a serious longer term impact on our health.

So, by default, the way you react is the short term impact of stress on your health.

 

Symptoms of stress

Subtle changes over time

Underneath all that panic there’s a subtle change going on to how your body processes all this stressful information. Your physical body is adapting to your increased mental pressure and turning stress into a more negative, chronic problem. You’re sweating to cool down on the off chance you may need to run, because back in the old caveman days, when we’re under stress we needed to run. Our bodies haven’t got over that yet, and so that’s also why our heart rate increases because we may need the extra blood and oxygen to make that run for it.

So, this is the long term affect the stress of repeatedly being stuck in a traffic jam can have. Day after day that sustained peaks in stress takes its toll on our heart and our health, because our system is overworking meaning it doesn’t now have enough energy left to keep us properly healthy.

Big changes and by then it’s often too late

Compound that little health issue with additional mental stresses that we all take for granted as being part of a busy life (picking up the kids, preparing food, holding down a job etc), and you’re now starting to see how easily stress can built up and the impact it very quickly takes on our health.

By utilising our energy to deal with stress, we’re taking from the available resource that we would use to function normally. This is when our body then starts to not have enough resource left to fix itself properly. So, we might get headaches from tension, our fight or flight response doesn’t know when to shut off so we don’t sleep at night and often times we are depressed.

Compound effects of stress

And so the story continues to compound as our body is now not only dealing with stress and a base level of anxiety, but also the triggers.

We’re busy so we forget to drink enough. And because our body needs water to filter out toxins, the situation worsens further. The whole thing turns into a self fulfilling prophecy.

Fertility and stress

Infertility and hormones reflexology and massage

The first physical thing to suffer usually is our fertility because this isn’t critical to keeping us alive. So, our sex drive will drop, we’ll miss periods and men will suffer symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

Over time, the problems of stress on health are unimaginable as cells don’t have the resource or the necessary sleep time to reproduce effectively. Malformed cell over the longer term become disease.

Our clients scoff at us when we tell them that stress is the root of all evil, and while that may be a tad on the dramatic side, hopefully you can now see how there are valid points to be made about reducing the impact stress has on our health. And if we can’t, then at least managing the effects it has on our body.

Reflexology is a great way to improve our immune system and reduce the way our mind overworks, thus reducing stress levels. A bit of self care goes a long way when we’re trying to combat the way stressors which make us jump to conclusions about events that are not actually as harmful as we perceive. Within a few reflexology sessions you’ll be able to see life from a more understanding perspective. Once you do this, stress disorders that you’ve been living with usually start to clear up on their own as your fight or flight reactions dull in line with the more relaxed approach you’ve now adopted to life.

You can find out more about reflexology and how it can improve your health, here.

How to increase the odds of getting pregnant

Want to know how to increase the odds of getting pregnant? I watch women every day of the week who are spending thousands, literally thousands of pounds at a time on IVF and other similar treatments to improve their fertility and thus chances of a successful conception.

And I’ve helped these ladies. Not just with their body, because although physical balance and a healthy lifestyle is important when you’re looking to increase your odds of getting pregnant, our wellbeing is made up of our mind and our body. We are physical and emotional beings. In the quest to improve our likelihood of getting pregnant, many women throw money at the problem and forget that they are human. And this affects our chances of getting and staying pregnant.
When I first started helping ladies to get pregnant, I would repeatedly ask myself “What’s the difference?” between those who are successful with their fertility and IVF journey and those who hinder their own chance of becoming pregnant.

The answer is the same every time.
Our mentality.

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So, here’s how to increase the odds of getting pregnant.

We have nurtured the mentality of those who cannot enjoy pregnancy in order to move forward with a unique approach. We have consciously abandoned the statistics, the odds and the past so that we can have the present and the future we want.

I work with the ladies who are 42 years old and can’t find a scrap of miracle “evidence”. And we work to create that feeling of positive optimism. That anything is possible if we at least have some tools. Our body is wonderful at listening and providing what we want, we’ve all heard about the people who beat the odds with strength of character alone when they’re diagnosed with terminal illnesses. They’re not willing to give up. So why should we? But we need to do it in the right way. And this is the key that will unlock your door to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

It is important that we are all willing to accept our situation now. This is the starting point, the place where we take stock and accept where we are moving forward from as we move towards the iron will of someone who wants to increase the likelihood and chances of conceiving.

But, we can not strangle our body’s free will with the force of our need to improve our odds of conception. This is a finely balanced wheel we are turning and our journey is slow and methodical. Well, it appears it we can work together for a year before we see our odds of conceiving improve. But, when we get there, we arrive at our destination a changed person. The lessons we learn on this journey to increase the odds of getting pregnant will help us for the rest of our lives.

By releasing unwavering confidence, certainty and undisguised joy in our lives, we find our missing link.

You do not have to be perfect in almost constant happiness within your home life. You just need to be on board and work with me.
It simply boils down to your answer to this question:
Will you live on the odds or challenge them?

Take a second to think about this.
Will the “traditional wisdom” trap you and others (including so-called “experts”) think you might be on this journey?
What if rejection which is limited to probabilities gives you the freedom to own what you want?

If you want to succeed on this journey to improve your chance of getting pregnant, you must have their mentality.
My ladies don’t know what’s strange. They understand how your mentality increases the chances of pregnancy. They refuse to let past or present circumstances determine their future, and therefore:
* They become mothers — decide you’ll be one of them.
* Change your mentality, change your results.
Are you interested? Here’s an exercise to take this to the next level…

Will you live with the odds being stacked against you, or will you disobey them?
On this trip, you can easily say the right words, batten down the hatches with that steely determination. But to really fly free of negative odds, you must believe in your heart. It’s not enough to tell yourself. And this is where I can help. If you are prepared to believe that you can improve your odds with a full heart, I will get you to a state where you ignore the odds. Because there is always an exception.

When was the last time you decided from your heart, not some calculations that made you feel the illusion of control?

I’ll work with you using reflexology for fertility to balance your body. At the same time your mind will calm. We will use a variety of techniques to help your mental clarity relax and therefore over a sustained period improve your chances of conception. And you know what, you’ll probably never use an ovulation stick again. The day of ovulation is important still, but you’ll learn with me that it’s not the most important thing. Your likelihood of becoming pregnant will improve as you learn ways to increase your fertility by ignoring it.

How many times have you been told, ‘relax, it will happen’? I’ll get you there with easy steps to boost your fertility. We’re not going to run around every health food shop in the town trying to get weird roots that boost your chances of conceiving. We’re going to give you things you can do to increase your conception chances that are fun. That will bring joy into your lives. As a couple. And all the while, I’ll be working your feet with reflexology techniques that have been shown to increase your physical fertility and therefore may boost your odds when trying to conceive.

Guarantees

I won’t guarantee that you’ll be pregnant within a certain period. But, what I will do is give you everything I know. I will work with you and your personal fertility journey and if you commit to come and see me regularly within a year, we’ll have figured out the best way to increase the odds of pregnancy and you’ll be able to get pregnant faster.

I get asked if it has to take a year. Not at all. I’m just trying to set realistic expectations. There’s no point embarking on this journey and then losing the momentous half way through. Be prepared for the long haul and then if your chances of becoming pregnant improve faster that’s great. I have had many women over the ten years that I have been doing this who get pregnant within a few short months. But, prepare for a longer time and you won’t be disappointed.

So, to increase your chances of conceiving and successfully carrying your child full term, drop me a text on 07757 946023 and let’s work out what’s the best course to improve your fertility and increase the likelihood of becoming pregnant.

Ovulation calculator

Your internal and free ovulation calculator

First, though, some background, what is conception?

Fertilisation happens when an egg from a female and the sperm from a male meet. This combined force is what produces an embryo.  Conception is when that embryo implants in the lining of your uterus. This is how couples can be fertile, having sex at the right time, but still struggling to conceive.

Ovulation calculator

Throughout the female menstrual cycle which lasts roughly a month. Day one is when you start your period with bright red bleeding. Everyone’s cycle is slightly different. This is because we have different hormones that release at different levels.

This provides unique chemical combinations in our body that stimulates different hormonal activities. Some women find it useful to keep a calendar tracking things such as temperature to see which week and day they are likely to ovulate. The problem with this is that this quickly adds to an obsession around periods and conceiving a baby.

This adds to stress which we’ll cover below.

At the point of ovulation, we are looking for a peak in LH (Lutenising hormone) and Oestrogen.  Just after this, progesterone rises.

Hormone cycle chart showing ovulation calculator, rise in oestrogen and progesterone

These hormones produce different effects in our body.  At Essential Feeling, we then work with you to make sure you have all of the tools to spot your bodies inbuilt ovulation calculator by reading the signs that your body gives you.

In fertility reflexology we talk about balancing hormones. This means we concentrate on balancing your body as much as possible so your hormones peak and trough as required to conception to take place.

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Determining the day of ovulation from your internal ovulation calculator

Watching out for secretions of mucus from your cervix can be the most accurate way of establishing your own ovulation calculator.  Once it is prevalent, it goes through a process that you should try and monitor.

1. Scant, sticky and pasty

2. White, sticky, gluey and elastic

3. Cloudy, stretchy, more abundant and also wetter

4. Clear, stretchy, profuse and slippery

cervical mucus discharge ovulation calculator

By tracking this (see videos below too), you’ll be able to make use of your own built in internal ovulation calculator which will give you the clearest sign of what is going on in your body.

The last stage, stage 4, when your mucus is clear, stretch, profuse and slippery is when you are ovulating.  If you’re not getting the above maybe you’re not ovulating.  If this is the case we have lots of experience of bringing about more regular ovulation with fertility reflexology.

However, remember, that you need to look out for all the stages in your ovulation calculator so you’re ready.  Sperm lasts for up to 7 days in your fallopian tube depending on it’s quality.  Therefore, you need to be building up sexual intercourse during the stages so that you have the maximum amount of living sperm ready to fertilise your egg.

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Your natural ovulation calculator will tell you when it’s time to work on things.  You need not go mad, and particularly remember, there is no benefit to having sexual intercourse more than once a day as at this rate the sperm can’t reproduce enough.

Trust your natural ovulation calculator and you can take it easier, thus reducing stress and again aiding your chances of getting pregnant.

However, it’s important to note that an ovulation calculator is not the be all and end all.

NICE guidelines state the following and it’s worth bearing this in mind:

“People who are concerned about their fertility should be informed that sexual intercourse every 2 to 3 days optimises the chance of pregnancy.  Timing intercourse to coincide with ovulation causes stress and is not recommended”.

I’m using the ovulation calculator technique above and I’m still not getting pregnant?

This can happen for many reasons; the ovulation calculator is one tool amidst many things that need to coincide to make pregnancy happen.  The thing is though, without getting this bit right, it won’t happen and we can work on the rest with fertility reflexology for men and for women, nutrition advice, dealing with stress and many other lifestyle factors.

 

 

Getting pregnant

 When a man’s sperm meets the woman’s egg you’re in the process of getting pregnant.  However, this sperm has to actually fertilise the egg for a successful pregnancy which it does by breaking through the membrane of the egg.  To do this, the sperm and egg need to meet at the right time and the sperm needs to be of the right shape to get in through the wall of the female’s egg.  

Getting pregnant is not as easy as we’d like to think.  

This can be a complicated process based on so many lifestyle factors and whilst the figures say that 80% to 90% of people that are trying to get pregnant do so successfully within 1 year, this firstly is still a long time to wait and secondly, there’s still 10% minimum that are still trying to get pregnant after that first long year.

At Essential Feeling we’re specialists in the art of getting pregnant and we can help make this process as easy as possible for you.

What is the menstrual cycle?

The menstrual cycle starts at day 1 on the first day of the ladies period.  Before her next period, she will usually ovulate although it lengthens the whole process of getting pregnant further when you learn that we don’t always ovulate every month.  However, assuming you are ovulating, you will do so roughly around day 12 to 14 based on your cycle being 28 days.  This is the basics of an ovulation calculator, read more here. However, we need to factor in the idiosyncrasies of your particular cycle if we’re going to be as accurate as possible.

This point of ovulation is where the ladies egg is released and therefore available for the male sperm to try and get inside and so this is why so many ladies become so obsessed with the menstrual cycle when they’re trying to get pregnant.  If the sperm and egg are not in the same place at the same time then there is no chance of getting pregnant.

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Woman hoping to improve natural fertility after checking pregnancy testWhy are hormones important when getting pregnant?

Hormones are the control centre for pretty much everything our bodies do including getting pregnant.  

So they will tell your body that you need to ovulate this month. They will tell the male sperm how it should grow and ensure it’s robust enough to reach the egg. And to stay alive for long enough to meet it.

Once there, the sperm needs to be the right shape to have the necessary equipment to break through its membrane.

Hormones are important when getting pregnant

Both male and female hormones

To do this, both male and female hormones need to be as balanced as possible. By balancing your hormones we ensure your body is operating to maximum effectiveness giving you the maximum chance of getting pregnant.

Tips for getting pregnant based on balancing hormones naturally

How to use your natural ovulation calculator

Progesterone hypersensitivity and what to do

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How can Essential Feeling help me with getting pregnant?

We work with specialist fertility reflexology techniques to make sure that your body and particularly your endocrine system (hormonal system) is working optimally.  We can combine that with fertility massage to make sure that any of the areas that may be physically causing problems with getting pregnant are given direct work to keep toxins out of the way and muscles and nerve messages free.

It is important for men to be balanced and in good shape as well.  Read information here on male infertility and how we can help.

Nutrition is important

We then combine this with our experience in nutrition as we’re qualified nutritionists.  Specific foods eaten at certain times of the month will help you with getting pregnant. And then keeping that pregnancy going forward.

We work with your lifestyle choices and advise on what changes you can make within what is possible for you.  This can be dramatic or small changes, we look to make the most effect without causing any stress.

Don’t underestimate stress

And finally on the note of stress, we massively help you with dealing with all stress, this can be general lifestyle related or very often the stress related to getting pregnant.  Trained in counselling we’ll make sure you have the skills you need to carry on a full life. Going through the often traumatic and secluded experience of getting pregnant doesn’t have to be isolating. Not with us.

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Tips for getting pregnant

Our clients often ask us for some tips for getting pregnant.  This is easy as there are so many.  TheFertility reflexology, Romford, Gidea Park, Essex problem is, choosing the right ones for you.  

As there are so many tips for getting pregnant, its nigh on impossible to live a stress free life if you’re implementing everything.  At Essential Feeling, we’ll combine giving you the best advice for your lifestyle with fertility reflexology and counselling and our experience shows not only success in getting pregnant, but also way more balanced and happy clients.

In the interim though, below are some tips for getting pregnant.  These tips for getting pregnant concentrate on balancing hormones which is important for both men and women.  

There are so many tips for getting pregnant linked to other parts of your health that we thought rather than overload you this hormone based guide would be a good start.

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Tips for getting pregnant – food and drink

Minimise Caffeine – 2 cups per day and not within 4 hours of bedtime

Cut out all fat that has been engineered (Omega 6)

  e.g.  margarine

  Vegetable oil

  Soy bean oil (soy is generally poor for fertility)

Replace with non-modified fats (Omega 3)

  e.g. Coconut oil

  Olive oil (don’t cook at high heat with this)

  Fish preferably oily fish e.g. salmon

Avoid toxins

   e.g.  cooking food in microwave covered in film, instead, use oven and cover with foil or better still a lid

  Cook in glass or non-coated pans, no non stick/ Teflon.  Cast iron, e.g. Le Creuset can also be unhelpful

  Try to use organic foods where possible

  Drink filtered water and only use a plastic bottle a maximum of 3 times

Supplements – Maca boost hormone production and libido

Balance Liptins

 No simple starches, refined foods, sugards

  e.g.  white bread, rice, pasta etc, all the things we hear about regularly

Consume proteins and healthy fats 1st thing after walking e.g. smoked, salmon, avocado, eggs

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Tips for getting pregnant – General

Avoid toxins

e.g.  chemical pesticides/ cleaners

Improve air quality with plants

Drink filtered water

In bed by 10pm

Your body needs sleep to balance hormones.  Use guided meditation if struggling to sleep – YouTube has some good ones

Magnesium aids sleep, you can buy supplements

Light cardio exercise e.g. yoga in the evening.  Too much cardio can cause overproduction of some hormones, so stick to gentle cardio only for the purpose of getting pregnant.

Weights in short bursts are excellent

e.g. Kettlebells, Deadlifts, Squats and lunges

5 – 7 reps of a weight that really pushes you.  Watch your form, a personal training session just as a 1 off is invaluable to make sure you don’t cause yourself some damage by doing things in the wrong way.

Get outside during the day to improve your intake of Vitamin D from the sun.  20 mins is ideal.

Try to space meals 4 hours apart and 4 hours before bed to give your liver a break.  This includes calorific drinks, water and herbal teas are fine.

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We know there are a lot of tips for getting pregnant there and like we say that are just a taster for balancing hormones which is just one factor in getting pregnant.  

The trick with looking at tips for getting pregnant is to make sure that you work with the ones that are relevant to your situation and will fit in to your lifestyle with the minimum amount of stress.  It’s also about combining everything in to a lifestyle change, not a fad that creates stress.  

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Don’t feel overloaded by all of these tips for getting pregnant, we can help you massively in choosing how and which to implement based on your particular circumstances.

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Please note, the tips for getting pregnant that we have given above are as a guide only.  You must check with your doctor that any suggestions are right for you and your circumstances.