What is Reproflexology ?
Many couples find that trying to conceive can place an enormous strain upon their relationship, and making love can become a trial with either or both parties feeling under pressure to perform. Reproflexology is working with both partners, helping them to understand their own individual fertility indicators; by removing some of the strain it enables them to enjoy the process of ‘baby making’ again.
An inability to conceive can sometimes just be getting the timing wrong!
Reproflexology is a specialised form of reflexology during the pre-conceptual care phase, the aim is to correct any hormonal imbalances, improve physical conditions, manage stress levels, and correct any cycle irregularities.
The length of the menstrual cycle is measured from day 1 of menstruation i.e. the first day of fresh bleeding up to the day before the next bleed – a regular monthly cycle can be 23 days, 28 days or 35 days, it really doesn’t matter as long as the pattern is ‘normal’ for the female. If a female has an irregular cycle it can be an indication of fluctuating hormone levels, therefore it is important for her to monitor her blood loss, level of clotting, colour of loss and any other anomalies at each bleed. The Follicular Phase of the cycle is more likely to be irregular however the Luteal Phase should be constant and last between 10 and 16 days, what we are looking for is elevated temperatures. Whilst a female with a 28 day cycle will ovulate around day 14, a female with a 25 day cycle will ovulate around day 11, ovulation for a female with a 35 day cycle would take place around day 21. However, if the Luteal Phase is shorter than 10-16 days there may well be a progesterone deficiency which would need to be corrected.
There are three main sources of information a female can provide during the menstrual cycle that would indicate clues as to ‘when’ ovulation may take place, these are as follows:
Position of the Cervix
Oestrogen produced during the Follicular Phase of the cycle is responsible for:
Changing Position of the Cervix
Progesterone produced during the Luteal Phase of the cycle is responsible for:
Changes in Temperature
Although no definitive studies appear to have been done, there is considerable speculation that if a man has a marginal sperm count; the best position for intercourse is the traditional missionary position. This allows for deeper penetration, and will thus deposit the sperm closest to the cervix. Some clinicians also believe that if your cervical fluid is not fertile, or the sperm quality is marginal, it may be advantageous for you to remain lying down for up to half an hour in the basic position in which you had intercourse. The theory is that this will help assure the sperm time to travel up.
Trying to conceive can be an extremely lonely and difficult time as many couples feel isolated even more so if their peers already have children or are pregnant, and they may find it difficult to be in their company.
Conditions which may be helped through reproflexology
• Regulating the cycle
• Progesterone Deficiency
• Menorrhagia (heavy but regular bleeds)
• Amenorrhoea (secondary usually created by a hormonal imbalance)
• Intermenstrual bleeding (during the menstrual cycle)
• Oligomenorrhoea (infrequent bleeding)
• Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods)
• Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
• Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
• Andometriosis / Adenomyosis
• Salpingitis (infection / inflammation of the fallopian tubes)
• Vaginismus (pain on vaginal penetration, including sexual penetration)
• Cervicitis (inflammation / infection of the cervix
• Mumps (may cause a problem in men if they go on to develop Orchitis – inflammation of the testicles as this can damage sperm production – heat /inflammation in the testicles will not be helpful to sperm morphology as well as volume)
• Low Testosterone
• Varicocele (varicose vein affecting the testicle)
• Vasectomy reversal (it should be noted that it can take up to a year post-reversal for sperm production to return to normal)
• Hydrocele (a collection of fluid in the scrotum surrounding the testicles)
• Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland usually due to bacterial infection)