One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from women who are TTC is "Can Fertility Massage help with IVF?"
I am happy to say that the answer is, "Absolutely!"
In fact, IVF specialists recommend beginning massage, acupuncture, or fertility supportive wellness at least 90 days before your first transfer.
This is for a few reasons:
1) Increased Circulation. Fertility wellness treatments such as massage will help increase circulation to your abdomen and pelvis. This will help with proper function of organs in those regions, including your digestive organs and reproductive organs. Proper circulation helps your body heal, grow, change, and repair.
2) Reducing Inflammation. Inflammation not only causes pain, but can disrupt your menstrual cycle, affect ovulation, and slow digestion. By stimulating lymph nodes and moving lymphatic fluid with massage, you body will be able to filter out inflammation more effectively.
3) Improving Digestion. By freeing restrictions around the intestines and stomach, massage helps improve digestive flow, helping your body to properly absorb and utilize important nutrients.
4) Balancing Hormones (and Relieving Stress!). Proper hormone function is incredibly important when it comes to reproductive health but constant stress can overtax and exhaust your endocrine system. Massage naturally eases your "fight or flight" stress response, allowing your endocrine system to rest and function properly.
Fertility Massage can be started almost any time during your IVF journey, but if you start treatment long before your first transfer you will ensure that your body is in prime condition for successful implantation. IVF can be time consuming, mentally taxing, and expensive. We want your first transfer to be the only transfer you need!
Remember, the key to reproductive health is overall health. A body that feels safe, healthy, and is functioning properly will be more likely to support bringing new life in to the world.
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