Many people are aware of massage’s benefits for pregnant women, but few realize how valuable massage therapy can be to a woman undergoing fertility treatment.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a complex series of procedures used to help with fertility or prevent genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child. During IVF, mature eggs are collected (retrieved) from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. Then the fertilized egg (embryo) or eggs (embryos) are transferred to a uterus.
When performed before embryo transfer, massage therapy increased IVF pregnancy rates in every age group, with an overall pregnancy rate of 56%, which is 1.5 times the norm in the United States, according to a recent study by author and gynecologist Richard King, MD.
Receiving a massage during fertility treatment may seem to be extravagant, but it can make a big difference in a woman’s chance of conceiving. Massage therapy should be used in all fertility clinics because it:
– can increase circulation to the fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus
– reduce inflammation and release adhesions that might be impeding conception
– ease emotional tension and induce relaxation
– calm stress-related conditions by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest)
– benefit the endocrine and hormone systems for women with hormone-related problems
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