According the NHS around 1 in 7 couples may have difficulty conceiving. This is approximately 3.5 million people in the UK. Even though the process can at times feel lonely, you are not alone. In fact, it is now widely reported that fertility is decreasing more rapidly than ever before. With issues arising in males and females such the age of parents, our lifestyles, diet and general health.
We already know that women are waiting longer to have children. In 2016, 54% of all live births in England and Wales were to mothers aged 30 and over. We also know that lifestyle has a significant impact on our chances of conceiving. It’s not just our diet and exercise regime, but alarmingly it is things we don’t always think of or can’t escape. Radiation from mobile phones, pesticides used on foods, chemicals in shampoo. We are surrounded by elements that disrupt our body’s ecology, for some resulting in effects on the reproductive system in men and women.
If you have been trying to conceive without success always see a doctor. There are many reasons why you may not be falling pregnant and you must be aware of yours before deciding on a course of action.
There are a number of medical options available in the UK on the NHS and found privately including medicine, surgery or assisted conception (IVF/ IUI).
There are also multiple holistic therapies that offer assistance, advice and guidance on widely used practices such as:
All of these therapies have something in common. They work to relax your body and mind to help achieve a balance enabling them to connect. Relaxation is key.
Relaxing during one of these therapies provides more healing benefit than simply relaxing in front of the TV. They teach you to cut external noise to allow the mind to focus on the body which reduces stress and provides a sense of peace and wellbeing. This can have a significant impact on your chances of conception.
"It's becoming more and more important, in terms of what studies we do, to focus our efforts on the physiological effects of stress and how they may play a role in conception," says Margareta D. Pisarska, MD, co-director of Center for Reproductive Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and editor-in-chief of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine News.
A 2001 study from Harvard University Medical School reports that for women struggling to conceive, relaxation techniques more than doubles the chances of successfully becoming pregnant.
Each of the listed therapies has its own additional benefits. Reflexology, for example, can help balance hormones which can help to regulate menstrual cycles. A reflexologist is able to work on each bodily system e.g. reproductive, digestive, endocrine etc via reflex points in the feet. To increase chances of conception a reflexologist will work on specific points such as the uterus, fallopian tubes, brain, ovaries to increase circulation to these areas. Reflexology is a holistic therapy therefore a trained reflexologist will discuss other factors with you such as lifestyle and previous medical conditions to help you reach your goal.
As with all holistic therapies it is essential you get the right practitioner. They should be fully qualified to treat pre conception and pregnancy and be able to offer accurate and sensible advice. They should certainly recommend seeking medical advice. You should also feel a connection with the therapist. Your journey to pregnancy is highly personal and you must feel comfortable talking and sharing your feelings with whoever you see.