Guest blog by Liyana Perry, a writer at spa-hotels.ie.
Many women suffer from infertility problems, various types of treatments are often attempted in order to improve the chances of conception, one of these is the use of massage. Massages can be used as a standalone treatment in the aim of reducing stress and anxiety, or alongside other treatments, such as IVF treatment. Unfortunately, there is no direct scientific evidence that massages increase fertility, however, they are known to reduce stress and anxiety which in turn may lead to increased fertility, making it a suitable option to try. This article contains 6 reasons as to why massages are seen as one of many treatments to infertility problems within women. Here’s 6.
- Promotes hormonal balance
- Massage helps to break up scar tissue
- Helps to reduce stress & stress hormones
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Increases circulation to the uterus & cervix
- Improves endocrine system communication
Promotes hormonal balance
Massages are proven to help reduce stress and anxiety. Women who suffer from infertility can often further become stressed and anxious about the process, this does not help with conception. It is recommended that infertile women experience frequent massages in an attempt to maintain and regulate their hormone balance. This is done by as little as a 10-minute massage, creating positive energy, relaxation and the reduction of anxiety. Returning hormones to normal levels is proven to increase your chances of conception.
Besides stress and anxiety, there may be problems. These include thyroid problems, pituitary-gland problems and adrenal gland problems, all of which are important to maintaining regular fertility levels. It is important to watch out for signs such as increased weight, reduction in weight, un-common mood changes, changes in appetite, fatigue or hair loss. If you notice any of these symptoms visit a GP to be safe, chances are it won’t be anything serious, however, may increase your chances of being fertile whilst protecting your health.
Massage helps to break up scar tissue
Scar tissue is known to increase the inconsistency of your period, minimal menstrual flow and cause the development of cysts within the ovaries, resulting in pelvic pain and reduced chances of conception. Using massage to break up scar tissue assists the fallopian tubes in becoming clear, this will be further discussed below. Frequent massages will ensure scar tissue remains under control, removing cysts, preventing pelvic pain and general comfort as well as promoting healthy fallopian tubes and promotion of the egg travelling to the uterus.
Helps to reduce stress and stress hormones
Dealing with frequent stress in modern life is a common issue for women around the globe. However, when we are most relaxed we enter a parasympathetic state, this is ideal for conception. Whilst stressed and anxious we are in the sympathetic state, else known as fight or flight, preventing reproduction and encouraging your body to freeze, flee or fight back the ongoing stress. If you commonly find yourself stressed or anxious, the process of frequent massages will help promote the parasympathetic state, encouraging reproduction and digestion, this is according to research from spa-hotels.ie.
The sympathetic system (fight, flee and freeze) is used to face extreme stresses such as escaping danger from a wild animal, promoting natural instincts for survival. Whilst constantly in a state of stress the body increases blood flow and release of hormones to protect you from the situation. Often, daily stresses can become intertwined with this, with your body identified your daily stress as a dangerous situation, resulting in maintaining the sympathetic stage for long periods of time. This may result in loss of sleep, appetite and constant distribution. Taking the time aside to relax will prevent the body from entering this state, lowering the rate, reducing the blood flow to unnecessary areas and promoting the healthy production of the female body, increasing the chances of conception.
Blocked fallopian tubes
Blocked fallopian tubes affect up to as many as 40% of women who struggle with infertility. An abdominal massage can assist in breaking up these adhesions to allow the fallopian tubes to function correctly, therefore, increasing the chances of conception.
Increases circulation to the uterus & cervix
Using the power of touch to increase circulation to the uterus and cervix is a common method. This also softens the tissues and promotes lymphatic flow, in-turn affecting your chances of conception as this increases the stimulation as the process known as ‘ovulation’, providing a greater chance of getting pregnant.
Improves endocrine system communication
The endocrine system is in control of your hormones. Receiving regular massages (minimum of 10-minute sessions) will promote and improve your endocrine system communication, assisting with the movement of chemicals towards your ovaries, increasing your chances of increased fertility. Massages will also increase your mood (this can especially be important dealing with infertility) due to chemical releases during the process, as well as ensuring you remain healthy and as positive as you can be during the process.
A final thought
Massages can be a powerful tool to promote conception and increase fertility. A surprisingly large portion of women suffer from infertility problems within their life, however, can often be fixed with simple and cheap treatment, such as the power of touch, a massage. Not only do they improve relaxation and reduce anxiety from daily stresses, but they also help regulate normal hormone balance, break-down adhesion without scar tissue removing cysts, promote healthy fallopian tubes and improve the endocrine system communication, essential for the movement of the egg throughout the body.
Liyana Perry is a writer at spa-hotels.ie, she has a passion for writing blogs about natural health and spirituality. She enjoys long walks with a breeze and finding ways to make dessert healthy.