IVF Pregnancy Rates Go Up After Massage

July 26, 2019 by Jordan Nunziato

IVF Pregnancy Rates Go Up After Massage

Many people are aware of massage’s benefits for pregnant women, but few realize how valuable massage therapy can be to a woman undergoing fertility treatment. 

 

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a complex series of procedures used to help with fertility or prevent genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child. During IVF, mature eggs are collected (retrieved) from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. Then the fertilized egg (embryo) or eggs (embryos) are transferred to a uterus.

 

When performed before embryo transfer, massage therapy increased IVF pregnancy rates in every age group, with an overall pregnancy rate of 56%, which is 1.5 times the norm in the United States, according to a recent study by author and gynecologist Richard King, MD.

 

Receiving a massage during fertility treatment may seem to be extravagant, but it can make a big difference in a woman’s chance of conceiving. Massage therapy should be used in all fertility clinics because it:

 

 - can increase circulation to the fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus

 

 - reduce inflammation and release adhesions that might be impeding conception

 

 - ease emotional tension and induce relaxation

 

 - calm stress-related conditions by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest)

 

 - benefit the endocrine and hormone systems for women with hormone-related problems

 

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