body and mind creates a healthy environment for a successful conception. It has been recently reported that in the case of IVF treatments having participated in a mind/body programme can increase success by up to 30%
Harmony therapies offers a programme combining reflexology and hypnosis for couples with fertility issues – if you wish to speak to me about this please contact me on 07900 352324.
It is important that you manage your stress levels, as stress is a great factor in preventing successful pregnancy. The problem is that when your body is stressed it produces more adrenaline and cortisol which can upset the balance of the hormones necessary to help an egg implant safely into the womb, or reduce the production of sperm.
Smoking can lead to narrowing of the arteries, and that includes those producing and nurturing sperm, this can lead to poor sperm motility or low sperm count. Smoking puts additional stress onto the body which also upsets the hormonal balance of the reproductive systems.
It is important to eat regular, healthy whole foods (not processed, fast foods). Avoiding too much caffeine, high energy drinks, or alcohol is also to be advised in order to reduce any additional stress on the body. Your body is constantly trying to find a healthy balance, and if it is working to remove toxins introduced through chemically enhanced foods/drinks then its energies are depleted in other areas. It is also advantageous to have a healthy BMI so managing your weight is important.
Ensuring that you have a good BMI is essential if you are planning a baby as being overweight has been shown to reduce fertility further.
Strangely enough people who have tried to conceive for 2 years or more, and are considered to be undiagnosed infertile (i.e. there are no physical reasons for them to be unable to conceive) may simply not be having enough sex, or not having sex at the right time.
Ideally you should aim to have sex 2-3 times a week, spread over the most fertile time - which is in the middle of the menstrual cycle, when you are ovulating. This time is the most advantageous for enabling sperm to survive long enough to travel and fertilise your egg.
It may be worth getting checked for any STD’s which can go unrecognised for years, or arrange to have a check for any medical issues such as fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis or ovarian cysts, or even poor sperm motility – sperm counts have been reported as having decreased significantly. Changes to diet or lifestyle may help in this case.
Please contact Cherie for more information on the Harmony Therapies Fertility Plan on 07900 352324