What is infertility?
Infertility refers to the inability to conceive or the biological inability of an individual to contribute to conception or to a female who cannot carry a pregnancy to full term.
What are the causes of infertility?
Infertility may result from an issue with either you or your partner or a combination of factors that interfere with pregnancy.
Causes of infertility in women
There are many possible causes of infertility in women which are difficult to identify. However problems with ovulation are the most common cause of infertility in women. Causes of ovulation disorders include
- Premature ovarian failure
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Poor egg quality
- Hormone imbalance
- Overactive / underactive thyroid gland
- Some chronic conditions
Causes of infertility in men
Infertility in men is essentially due to poor semen quality. Causes of poor semen quality include
- Testicular problems (infection, cancer, etc.)
- Overheating the testicles
- Ejaculation disorders
- Thyroid disease
Risk factors known to increase the likelihood of infertility include
- Eating disorders
- Obesity, overweightness
- Exposure to some chemicals
- Mental stress
What are the symptoms of infertility?
The main symptom of infertility in a woman is not getting pregnant. Irregular or absent menstrual periods may be another symptom for woman.
Infertility Symptoms in women
Symptoms of infertility in women include
- Period disorders
- Sex drive changes
- Skin changes
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
Infertility Symptoms in men
Infertility symptoms in men include
- Changes in hair growth
- Changes in sexual desire
- Pain, lump or swelling in the testicles
- Erections and ejaculation problems
- Small, firm testicles
Fertility reflexology treatment at Serene Reflexology
Polycystic ovaries, cervical problems, adhesions (more commonly known as scar tissue), pelvic inflammatory disease, PMS, hormonal imbalances, blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, endometriosis and menstrual problems have all shown improvement from reflexology (Holt et al 2009, McCullough et al 2014 and Tiran D 2010). In order to address fertility health our registered reflexologist will work through the reflexology acupressure points specific to the client’s area(s) of health concern such as
- Lymphatic system
- Immune system
- Circulatory system
- Neurological system (stress, anxiety, depression)
- Endocrine system (hormone balance)
- Liver (toxin release, hormone balance)
- Kidneys (libido, fertility issues)
Because the chosen points address the needs of the client on a particular day reflexology treatments are different from a session to another. Tailored treatment each session helps to ensure greater outcome. Aside from oxytocin and the endorphins release responsible for intense relaxation our reflexology treatment provides a space away from the speed of modern day life and a chance to offload emotionally, physically and mentally (Tiran D 2010). To know more about our reflexology treatment have a look at http://serene-reflexology.com/treatments/reflexology/.