So you are dreaming of having a baby and you have tried everything to improve your fertility, from changing your diet to drinking special herbal teas to lying down after sex to trying different positions and so much more. However, have you tried getting a massage?
According to a study of 1,392 women who struggled with infertility, which was published in the journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, fertility massage showed a 60 percent success rate in opening at least one of the fallopian tubes. Also, it had a 57 percent rate of pregnancy for women whose tubes were opened by the treatment1.
Do you think that fertility massage might be for you? It could be worth a try if you are looking for a way to improve your fertility, as it offers a number of positive effects. Let’s take a look into fertility massage, how it works and why it might be effective.
How Does Fertility Massage Therapy Help?
Fertility massage is a series of massage techniques that are used to help support reproductive health, fertility and the menstrual cycle. It can be a very effective and low cost way to naturally boost your body’s fertility and make yourself more likely to conceive a baby. So how does massage therapy for fertility work and what does it do within your body?
This type of massage benefits the body and the reproductive system by encouraging circulation, decreasing stress, increasing immune system health and so much more. Also, fertility massage can have a number of other benefits including repositioning a tilted uterus, promoting hormone balance, breaking up scar tissue, encouraging fresh blood flow to the uterus and improving endocrine system communication2.
Also, it will increase circulation to the cervix and uterus and encourage the liver to get rid of any excess hormones that it might be holding onto. The more it increases the blood flow to the liver, the more it encourages the liver to do this. Many people these days have a sedentary lifestyle that involves sitting down for long periods of time, which causes poor circulation and other issues.
The other advantage of fertility massage is it will promote hormonal balance by strengthening the hormonal feedback loop and helping the body to get rid of stagnant blood and tissues. These are just a few of the many reasons why using massage to help you with your fertility issues can be very beneficial.
In cases of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the massage movements can help to break down the cyst and reduce the symptoms of this condition. It will also stimulate blood flow to the area to help speed up recovery. However, you should never be directly massaging an ovary that has an ovarian cyst, as this can be dangerous especially if the cyst is quite large.
Also, sometimes women produce a mucous within their uterus that is very thick and viscous, which will stick and lodge within the fallopian tubes. These fallopian tubes at the uterine end are very narrow and the mucus can sometimes cause a blockage. The fertility massage can help to soften up the mucous, clear the passage and dislodge it – solving this problem3.
The massage will also help you to relax. Stress is a major factor in fertility and being tense and stressed out will reduce your chances of conceiving a baby. If a massage can help you to relax, it will improve your ability to conceive.
This type of fertility massage isn’t just used to treat problems with conceiving. It is also recommended for a wide variety of issues, including uterine fibroids, infertility due to stress, poor egg health, hormonal imbalance, poor circulation, ovarian cysts, lack of menstrual cycle, painful menstruation and much more.
What to Expect?
In a typical fertility massage, the therapist will use their hands to gently massage the organs of the pelvis and the abdomen. If they feel that there are organs or tissues that will not move in a certain direction, they will stretch them in that direction gently so that the tissues and adhesions can deform and give way.
The deep massage like therapy can be administered in multiple sessions over several days and usually it takes up to 20 hours total. Sometimes the massage can feel a little bit intense, like a pressure or a pushing sensation. Many patients have described it as feeling similar to physical therapy.
It is also possible to do the massage yourself, by following instructions or watching videos to learn how. However, it is not always as easy to get the correct positioning of the hands or to apply as much pressure when you are massaging your own body, so many women choose to go to a professional to make sure it is being done right. Of course, you can also combine the two and have visits to a professional therapist as well as giving yourself fertility massages at home.
It is important to remember that if you are pregnant or think you might be, you should avoid doing a fertility massage because it might harm the fetus and increase your risk of a miscarriage. Also, avoid doing this type of massage while you are menstruating, because it tends to affect blood flow and this might increase the flow and cause pain or discomfort. The best time of the month for this type of massage is the period of time after the menstrual phase until the ovulation phase (from day 6 to day 14).
Also, fertility massage might be affected by other health issues, so it is advised to ask your doctor before you give it a try. If fertility massage is a good match for you, it can be a wonderful, natural way to stimulate your reproductive organs, improve your fertility health and increase your chances of conceiving a baby – as well as improving your general health and well-being. Talk to your doctor to find out if this type of treatment is right for you.
- Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Ten-year Retrospective Study on the Efficacy of a Manual Phyiscal Therapy to Treat Female Infertility. http://alternative-therapies.com/openaccess/ATHM_23_3_Rice.pdf (Accessed April 2016) ↩
- Natural Fertility Info. How to Use Self Fertility Massage™ to Boost Your Chances of Conception. http://natural-fertility-info.com/fertility-massage (Accessed April 2016) ↩
- Fox News Health. Can Massage Therapy Treat Infertility. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/05/01/can-massage-therapy-treat-infertility.html (Accessed April 2016) ↩