Can fertility massage help you conceive?
If you’re trying to conceive (TTC), you would have explored many options to improve your chances of having a baby. You may have heard of and thought about getting a fertility massage. The question is, can a massage actually help you conceive?
What is fertility massage?
According to fertilitymassage.co.uk, Fertility Massage Therapy (FMT) is a gentle, deep, non-invasive sacral and abdominal therapy which works to improve circulation of blood, lymph and nerve flow in the abdominal region.
The techniques in fertility massage include reflexology, myofascial release and deep tissue strokes. The combination of these techniques not only improves circulation but also brings fresh blood to the ovaries and uterus. Experts claim that this type of massage can relax scar tissues, and unclog blocked fallopian tubes.
The reproductive organs aren’t the only organs to benefit from this procedure. It can also clear blockages in the liver, intestines and the stomach.
The massage aims to release emotional and physical tension. A fertility massage also focuses on loosening hard debris that had accumulated in the gut. The end result is that your abdomen is supposed to feel decongested and lighter than before.
How does fertility massage work?
Before you start your procedure, your therapist will ask questions about your reproductive health, taking care to note your medical history and the difficulties you’re facing with infertility. This is to enable them to prepare a custom massage that will work just for you. Knowing your data will also help them decide the right time in your cycle to fix your appointment. This will allow them to fashion out the perfect time to get it done so as to reverse infertility and help you get pregnant.
A certified fertility massage therapist will perform the routine by hand.
Just like regular massage, the massage therapist will rub and knead the skin and muscles around the abdomen and the pelvis.
The goal is to reduce stress, loosen muscles and remove tension. But you can expect them to go even deeper than that. A well-trained massage therapist will use massage skills that will remove adhesions in the pelvic area and readjust the uterus and improve a woman’s chances of conceiving.
Adhesions can make a woman infertile, so the massage therapist will work on specific areas especially in parts of the body with possible adhesions like the fallopian tube. To get to these internal reproductive organs, she will have to target the sacrum, pelvis, and the abdomen.
Where should you go for a fertility massage?
You should only seek the services of someone who specializes in fertility massage or someone who is licensed to practice it. Quacks and people who don’t have the training can end up making your condition worse.
Regular spas usually offer these services, but you should still check around your area to find specialists.
You need to find a therapist you can trust, as they will be handling intimate and sensitive parts of your body. Someone who doesn’t know what they are doing could actually cause more problems for you.
Can massage actually reverse infertility?
According to this paper in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, there is a link between stress and decreased blood flow to the uterus, which could further hinder endometrial and sub-endometrial blood flow. Decreased blood flow in these important reproductive organs can prevent IVF and non-IVF pregnancy.
It can also reduce the chances of carrying a fetus full-term.
There are many studies that point to the fact that massages decrease psychological stress and reduce stress hormones like catecholamine and cortisol. A regular light massage will not remove stress and stress hormones like a deep massage such as fertility massage.
To confirm the effectiveness of massage on fertility and conception, this study set out to assess the impact of massage before embryo transfer in IVF. Of the 267 female IVF patients who participated in the study, those who had undergone the massage before embryo transfer reported a higher pregnancy rate than women who did not undergo the procedure.
The study also reported reduced uterine contractions in the massage group and better circulation and blood flow around the abdominal region.
Infertility can cause a feeling of vulnerability. Thankfully, there are options like fertility massage for those who don’t mind exploring all available options.