For many couples, the stress and anxiety associated with failing to conceive can be overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. There can be many reasons couples experience difficulties in trying to conceive. Many, after years of trying have still not been able to achieve their dream of becoming parents. Factors that may be involved (to name only a few) are:
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Irregular bleeding or menstrual irregularities (Oligomenorrhoea), which may result in infrequent ovulation, and sometimes the absence of menstrual cycle (amenorrhoea).
- Hormonal imbalances.
- Improving egg and sperm quality.
- Low Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) – Ovarian reserve/egg count.
- Insufficient number of spermatozoa in the semen, (Ogliospermia), increased abnormal morphology (size and shape of sperm), and reduced sperm motility (the ability for the sperm to move and swim).
Optimising your health and wellness prior to conceiving a child is intrinsic for both parents. Factors such as poor eating habits, inadequate nutrition, stress, smoking, and excessive consumption of alcohol can impact on the body’s hormonal balance and cause decreased fertility in both women and men. Moderation in diet and lifestyle may need to be addressed to support a healthy body prior to conception. As if those problems previously mentioned were not enough some pregnancies do not take place because of other issues such as; blocked fallopian tubes, blood clotting factors, antibody problems, imbalance in the body’s ph levels (acid/alkaline levels), or because the lining of the womb is not conducive to the embryo sticking. Brenda has been working with pre conception issues since graduating (and achieving the top student award) as a Reflexologist in 1996. She continually conducts her own reflexology based research from her clinic in Mulgrave and has helped literally hundreds and hundreds of couples achieve their dream of becoming parents through specifically tailored treatments. Many conceived naturally after years of trying, some of which conceived naturally whilst waiting for their next IVF cycle to start. Many of Brenda’s preconception clients turned to reflexology as a last resort, and are often aged in their late 30’s to late 40’s. On occasions, Brenda is involved in shared-care programmes with other medical practitioners, which greatly benefits the client. Reflexology is rapidly finding acceptance in hospitals and clinics around the world, both as an independent therapy and as a support to other forms of health care.