When a couple find it difficult to make a baby, it’s called infertility. There can be lots of different reasons. Some causes, like stress or hormone imbalances, can affect both men and women. Here I’m just going to talk about female infertility; medical problems that are found in women. I’ll tell you about some of the possible reasons you might find it difficult to get pregnant or make it through a pregnancy without losing the baby. To find out about conventional treatments (surgery, hormone therapy or drugs) you should ask your doctor. But if you’d also like to know about complementary therapies for female infertility, read on.
How Complementary Therapies May Help
In the following sections I describe some of the most common reasons why women are unable to become pregnant. And I recommend the best complementary therapies for female infertility of that type. Homeopathy and reflexology can be particularly useful in conditions that involve an imbalance in your hormones. Reiki can often help to ease pain and reduce stress, giving your body the chance to heal.
1. You’re Not OvulatingThe most common reason why women can’t get pregnant is because they’re not producing any eggs. In other words, they’re not ovulating. (Human eggs are called “ova”.) Studies suggest that about half of women who can’t get pregnant have this problem. So how can you tell if you’re not ovulating? Think about how often you have periods. If your monthly cycle is shorter than 21 days, longer than 35 days, changes a lot from month to month, or you don’t have periods at all, it’s a sign that you have problems with producing eggs. You might want to check by using ovulation test strips. You can buy these from most chemists and you use them in a similar way to a pregnancy test strip. If you’re not ovulating it’s most likely that your hormone levels are out of balance. The imbalance could be related to:
- premature ovarian failure (also known as POI, or primary ovarian inefficiency) which is a basically an early menopause
- polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- problems with your glands, such as your thyroid or hypothalamus
Reflexology and Homeopathy to Help with OvulationReflexology may help to encourage your body to produce eggs. Your reflexologist can stimulate ovulation by working on trigger points for the ovaries and for glands that produce the hormones you need to ovulate regularly. If you’re not menstruating (and therefore not ovulating) homeopathy can help to restart your cycle. If you are menstruating, but are having periods too often or not often enough, there are homeopathic remedies that can help to create a healthy, regular cycle. For cases of premature ovarian failure, look at the remedies described in my post about the menopause.
In endometriosis some of the cells that should have formed part of the uterus start to grow in another part of the body. These cells would normally be found in the inner lining of the uterus walls. In most cases of endometriosis the rogue cells grow in places near the uterus, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries or bladder, although in rarer cases they can be found elsewhere. If you have endometriosis you can suffer a range of symptoms, including heavy periods, bleeding between periods, pain and infertility.
Homeopathy and Reiki for Endometriosis
Homeopathy can be useful in the treatment of endometriosis as it can ease the symptoms and may help prevent the spread of rogue cells. Homeopathic remedies can relieve cramping pains, reduce heavy periods and balance your hormones to help you become pregnant. Many women also find that Reiki healing can ease pain and improve their general well-being.
3. Cervical Mucus
You might have noticed that, when you’re not having a period, you have a slight discharge (usually whitish or clear) from your vagina. Part of this fluid is produced by your cervix and is called cervical mucus. When you are ovulating, the cervical mucus becomes thinner and less sticky. This makes it easier for sperm to swim up through the cervix and into your uterus. But in some women the mucus stays quite thick, even when they ovulate, so their partner’s sperm struggle to make their way into the womb. Some women may not produce enough mucus to moisten the route through the cervix, so that the sperm can’t reach the eggs.
Homeopathy for Problems with Cervical Mucus
Homeopathy can work well for problems with mucus membranes, including those in the cervix. If your mucus is too thick, remedies like Pulsatilla or Kali mur may help to make the mucus thinner. If you have too much mucus, or too little, homeopathy can help to control the amount of mucus that you make.
4. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Women who have PCOS have a higher than normal level of male hormones and a lower amount of female hormones, which prevents them from producing eggs. Symptoms include irregular or total absence of periods, weight gain, development of ovarian cysts and an increase in facial or body hair. It’s common for PCOS to run in families, suggesting that there is some genetic link to the problem.
Homeopathy and Reflexology for PCOS
Homeopathy can help with symptoms such as excess hair and weight gain. It can also balance your male and female hormone levels, restarting ovulation and your menstrual cycle. There are various homeopathic remedies which can help. These include Apis, Lachesis, Oopherinum, Pulsatilla and Sepia, as well as several others. As always, the choice of remedy depends on your exact symptoms. Reflexology can also help with PCOS. By working on reflexes for the ovaries and other parts of your body that control hormones, reflexology can help to bring your hormones into balance and encourage ovulation.
5. Benign Growths and Structural Problems
Many women develop benign (non-cancerous) growths in their uterus or ovaries. Perhaps the most common growths are fibroids in the uterus. In fact, it’s thought that around 80% of women will have fibroids by the time they reach 50 years of age. Younger women may not even suspect they have fibroids because they believe their symptoms (such as pain and heavy bleeding) are just part of a the menstrual cycle. Polyps are another common and benign growth in the uterus which can make it harder for any fertilised eggs to implant and develop in the womb. Cysts in the ovaries are also very common. Some possible causes of ovarian cysts are an imbalance in your hormones, an infection or endometriosis.
Homeopathy and Reflexology for Benign Growths
Most benign growths in the uterus or ovaries are linked in some way to a hormonal imbalance. Both homeopathy and reflexology can help to regulate your hormone production and bring your hormones back into balance. If the growth is caused by an infection, you can use homeopathy, together with any antibiotics provided by your doctor, to fight the infection and prevent further growths.
Homeopathy and Reiki Before and After Surgery
With some structural problems, such as when the uterus is an unusual shape, there may be no effective alternatives to surgery. However, you can help to reduce bruising and often speed up recovery times by using homeopathy and Reiki. It’s always useful to take Arnica 30C for a week before and after any operation; this can help the body cope with the trauma of surgery and reduce the amount of bruising caused by the operation. Staphysagria 30C is an excellent remedy to help you recover from any surgery on ovaries, uterus or fallopian tubes. Reiki healing can help to prepare you mentally and physically for surgery, and relieve pain after your operation.