Fertility and Reflexology

If you haven’t fallen pregnant within 12 months of trying, it’s a good idea to develop some understanding of your own menstrual cycle, to recognise when ovulation is naturally occurring. If you start to become more aware of your body it may help you to figure out why you may not be falling pregnant. Start charting your cycle by taking your Basal Body Temperature using a digital basal thermometer, so you can work out your ovulation day and most fertile time to conceive.

The Menstrual Cycle is broken down into four phases:

Phase 1 – Menstruation – The monthly bleed where the lining of the uterus is shed. A menstrual bleed usually lasts 3 to 7 days. To calculate your menstrual cycle length, count the number of days from day one of your period until the next bleed or period starts.

Phase 2 - The Follicular Phase - This usually lasts 10 to 16 days leading up to ovulation. The two dominant hormones in this phase are Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) produced by the pituitary gland, and Oestrogen which is produced by the ovaries. Oestrogen causes the lining of the uterus to grow. This lining starts to thicken in order to receive a fertilised egg, should you become pregnant. Oestrogen levels rise during the days before ovulation and then peak about one day before ovulation. The increase in FSH stimulates the development and maturation of ovarian follicles which contain eggs. As Oestrogen peaks during this phase there is an increase in the Lutenising Hormone (LH) causing the follicle to rupture and release an egg. The last 4 days of the Follicular Phase, plus ovulation day, are the most fertile period of time.

Phase 3 – Ovulation – There is an initial fall in Basal Body Temperature (BBT) at ovulation and then it rises by at least 0.3 degrees centigrade, and remains elevated for at least three readings. Once ovulation has occurred, in the second half of the cycle, BBT remains at a generally higher level than in the first half of the cycle. This rise in temperature is due to increased levels of Progesterone. During the time of ovulation there will also be an increase in cervical secretions which are welcoming to sperm and a change in cervical position which enables the easy passage of sperm into the woman’s body.

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Phase 4 - The Luteal Phase – This is after ovulation (when your ovaries release an egg) and before the next period starts. During this time there is an increase in the hormone Progesterone which causes the lining of the uterus to thicken to prepare for a potential pregnancy. During this time there is an increase in Basal Body Temperature which remains raised until the next menstrual bleed.

Where Does Fertility Reflexology Fit In? The pre-conceptual care phase of Fertility Reflexology aims to correct hormonal imbalances, improve the physical conditions within a woman’s body, reduce stress levels and help to correct any menstrual cycle irregularities.

Author, Jackie Garwood, Reflexologist, Chamomile Therapies, Tel. 07969044884

Editor, Helen McClorry, Babies on board Magazine.

Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Women’s Health

I specialise in women’s health and in particular stress related conditions and hormonal problems including fertility and conception, pregnancy, postnatal support and the menopause.

Treatments are bespoke and are tailored to support you physically and emotionally.

If you are interested in any of my treatments please do get in touch. Jackie: 07969 044 884 10% discount when you mention Babies on board

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