Is stress getting in the way of your fertility?

Stress is a complex condition which affects almost all parts of the body in some way. There is also some evidence to suggest that it may affect fertility. Cortisol (a hormone released in response to stress) can cause the release of an inhibiting hormone that reduces the production of follicle stimulating hormone and leutinising 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.

Stress is an issue for both sexes, so it is equally important that both partners employ some method of reducing their stress levels - this can include reflexology.

There is no evidence that reflexology interferes with medical treatments and if stress is reduced and wellbeing increased, then medical procedures will be easier.

If you are trying to conceive, reflexology can help support and your partner both physically and emotionally - whether you have just started trying to conceive or have been trying for a while.

Having reflexology will provide you with relaxation and stress reduction; this in itself can be beneficial for conception.