Ways to monitor restore and enhance your reproductive health:
- Pelvic Floor Therapy
First and foremost, pelvic floor issues do not seem to have direct effect on male or female fertility. That said, pelvic floor issues cause difficulties in sexual function making intercourse unpleasant and even painful. As such, baby dancing aside, pelvic floor examination and therapy could be a great way to re-ignite your motor for the sake of life and intimacy enjoyment.
Even though Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) does not affect fertility directly, it can be associated with other conditions which do commonly impact fertility such as Polycystic Ovarial Syndrom or endometriosis. Please note that PFD refers to a collection of conditions and symptoms relating to the muscles of the pelvic floor which might have wide range of different causes. Also, PFD can affect both men and women, although it is more common among women.
- Abdominal Massage Therapy
There numerous types of abdominal massages available on the market. Their main objective is to address misalignment in the reproductive and digestive organs of both men and women in order to restore the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi. Once you get curious and open to the idea of abdominal massage, your research will guide you to the most appropriate abdominal massage technique and practitioner. My research guided me to Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Therapy which is what I will focus on now.
Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy are the holistic approach to wellness founded on the ancient Maya techniques of abdominal massage. Essentially this therapy assumes techniques of external massage that gently guide organs into their optimal position to support health and wellness. By means of Arvigo Therapy, women are able to address displaced and prolapsed uterus; pelvic congestion and pain; fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis; abnormal, irregular or painful menses or ovulation; fertility changes; pre-natal and post-partum care. As for men, they are able to address prostate swelling and inflammation; alleviate varicose veins and fertility changes. Arvigo Therapy also facilitates health of Castro-intestinal and urinary systems. Please note that herbs and nutrition enhance / complete the course of the therapy.
Please note that your organ dysfunction is part of the spinal misalignment or subluxation complex. Arvigo Therapy will evaluate and promote structural alignment of the spine with attention to sacrum, lumbar and thoracic spine in order to correct organ fixation or malposition alongside the spine subfixation and all associated abnormal neurological reflexes. In other words, healthy and properly aligned spine is integral part of overall human health. With that in mind, please do consider monthly visits to the chiropractor. You could also do what I used to do and plan to resume doing in order to level my hips and spine – back exercise as designed by Dr. Toshiki Fukutsudzi. In time I will make a separate post about this exercise since there is definitely more to it than the video mentions.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Once you take care of structural features and ensure proper positioning / alignment of organs in your body, TCM could be of great value. TCM is very focused on flow of chi and blood so it is important that all structural blocks are cleared. Once that is done, energetic and soft tissue work will give you is best result.
According to Chinese medicine, in order to properly treat a disease, you need to understand what each particular case is rules by. In men, the doctor will strive to regulate the chi. In women, the doctor will regulate the blood because the blood is seen as the root of women. The female body, its health, sickness and treatments are deeply influenced by the idea that blood, as energetic basis, flows around the body, is discharged during the menstruation, feeds the unborn child and transforms into breast milk. Given the importance of blood, menstrual cycle is seen as the core of women’s reproductive health. As such, monitoring of the menstrual cycle is a simple, non – invasive and very accurate diagnostic tool to understand a woman’s fertility status. That said, doctors recognize three broad categories of illness that directly impare woman’s ability to conceive: menstrual irregularity, pathological vaginal flows and internal accumulations thus broadening the key foundations of reproductive health to the kidney, blood and uterus.
TCM is able to help women to regulate hormone levels and menstrual cycle; increase uterine blood flow in order to increase thickness of uterine lining; improve ovarian function; reduce stress. TCM is also able to help men to address issues associated with sperm count and motility. Overall, TCM can be a great way to restore and enhance their reproductive health, restore hormonal balance and much more. Chinese herbs, reflexology and acupuncture are all non-invasive means to achieve reproductive health. Acupuncture specifically has gained popularity in Western countries for its convenience, great therapeutic effects and lack of side effects.
Charting is invaluable tool in monitoring women’s reproductive health. It will give women and their health practitioners very clear and time sensitive information. “Take Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler is an invaluable book and an amazing way to be introduced to menstrual cycle charting.
– Soaking feet in hot water
As long as I remember my grandmother, I remember her preaching that I should keep my feet always warm. I used o brush her words aside until Dutch scientists from University of Groningen concluded that the odds of women achieving a climax are increased by 30% when their feet are kept warm. This is also consistent with the TCM perspective that all the meridians of the body that pass through uterus go down to the feet. If woman’s uterus is cold, she will experience numerous health concerns adversely affecting her reproductive health and ability to conceive. By soaking feet in warm (40- 42C) water for 10 – 20 minutes a day, women are able to stimulate active points in their feet (TCM), increase blood flow to the pelvic organs, balance hormones , draw toxins out of the body through sweat, promote relaxation and good sleep, boost their libido and overall immune system.
– V – Steam (“out – there” option recently popularized by Gwyneth Paltrow)
V – steam is an ancient health practice where a woman would allow the warmth of herbal steam to penetrate the exterior of her vagina. Following the Gwyneth Paltrow’s article on Goop, V- steam got popularized as an alternative health practice for women seeking to balance hormones and restore reproductive health. That said, this alternative is very controversial and there is no scientific evidence to back it up.
– Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera contains natural medicinal properties that enhance men’s fertility (improve sperm count and motility) and protect men from radiation – induced reproductive problems.
The testes are one of radiosensitive organs because of cell renewal system. Ionizing radiation was found to produce marked effect on testes in terms of lethality and impaired spermatogenesis. Extract from the leaves of Aloe Vera improved the sperm count and rectified the damage caused to the tissue.
4 No’s as related to pregnancy achievement:
|Not too early||Woman should allow 3 years after the start of her period in order for her body to fully adapt to the change and her hormones to stabilize|
|Not to frequent||There should be a minimum of 2.5 years gap between the times of delivery in order for a woman to restore her health and blood volume|
|Not too many||Women should have no more than 5 children. Having more kids compromises women’s health thus negatively affecting future children’s’ development|
|Not too late||Pregnant women over the age of 35 have been termed as being advanced maternal age (AMA) or older mothers due to the risks involved for the mother and the baby.
“Elderly Primagravida” – women of 35+ years of age who achieved their first pregnancy
“Elderly Multigravida” – pregnant women of 35+ years of age who already have kids
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