Spas Join The Fight To Conceive
By Nancy Da Silva
The Infertility Awareness Network of Canada states that one in six couples struggles with the inability to conceive. One of the ways couples are combating this difficulty is by turning to spas with fertility programs specifically catered to them.
Tired of hormone injections and endless medical invasive tests in sterile, impersonal environments, couples are drawn to the relaxed, comforting atmosphere that spas offer.
Rooms are set up in the practice of feng shui, soft music is played and calming surroundings are just the thing couples need to help ease the stress of conceiving, thus enabling them to do so. These relaxed settings are also conducive to romance which allows couples to reconnect not only sexually but emotionally. The belief is that a physical dysfunction may not be the only thing to blame in many cases of infertility.
While Western medicine is still the front runner in the battle against infertility, millions of dollars and tests with abysmal results leave frustrated couples turning to more unconventional, drug free therapies. Holistic practices drifting in from the East are now offering a surprisingly steady, growing success rate and spas are adopting these practices in their establishments.
Many spas are now catering to couples who want to have children by offering programs such as fertility yoga, acupuncture and massages (particularly uterine/abdominal massages that help women whose fertility may be due to a tipped or unaligned uterus, a surprisingly common problem) designed to help these wanna-be parents on their journey.
In a study published in the journal of Fertility and Sterility, twice as many pregnancies occurred in cases where acupuncture was used to relax the uterus than in those who did not undergo the procedure.
Some spas are even introducing hypnosis into their fertility based programs, citing that by countering the worry (negative hypnosis) with their positive, encouraging hypnosis, they can open up the mind with constructive energy. This is thought to allow the body to open up as well, setting up an accepting, open environment for conception to take place. Holistic practitioners are also introducing herbs such as red clover and raspberry leaf that are believed to have properties that will help conception take place. For men, they offer Panax ginseng, Tribulus and Astralagus, all thought to increase testosterone and sperm count. But while the use of herbal supplements to treat infertility is an ancient practice, it is unregulated by the United States so caution should be used before embarking on herbal treatments.
According to the National Institute Of Medicinal Health, women that took part in mind-body support groups had a higher rate of pregnancies than those who did not. These types of groups are thought to help lower Cortisol, the stress hormone that is thought to contribute to low sex drive and irregular periods, seriously impeding a woman’s ability to get pregnant.
A few of the many fertility based programs spas now offer include: