Joanne Davies Reflexology
According to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) 84% of couples will conceive within 1 year if they do not use contraception and have regular sexual intercourse. Of those who do not conceive in the first year, about half will do so in the second year (cumulative pregnancy rate 92%). People who have not conceived after 1 year of regular unprotected sex would be offered further clinical investigations including semen analysis and/or assessment of ovulation.
For approximately 25% of couples who have investigations there will be no obvious reason why they cannot conceive (idiopathic infertility). In either case, stress levels in both partners are likely to be high. The Association of Reflexologists explain the evidence to suggest that stress may affect fertility. “Cortisol, the hormone released in response to stress can cause the release of an inhibiting hormone that reduces the production of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinising hormone. Both of these hormones are integral to the release of the egg and the implantation of embryo after fertilisation. In other words, feeling stressed may be detrimental to the chances of achieving a successful pregnancy”.
Reflexology can help support you both physically and emotionally, providing you with relaxation and stress reduction.