It will be the ultimate, luxurious relaxing experience.
As a fertility specialist I always though there was a gap in the field for patient’s wellbeing. I used to treat patients that underwent fertility procedures and asked me if there was a range of products dedicated to anxiety, stress-management and to help them prepare for the procedure, during the procedure and even after the procedure was performed. I decided to look for alternatives and none of them seemed to work well with the intention we had, which was offering the patient relaxation and wellbeing.
There is no need to buy expensive products with claims of increasing the chances of success, or to undergo stressful therapies for getting miraculous results.
The patient’s needs are specific and vary with each step of their fertility procedure. It is different a patient who is just coming to the clinic for consultation than one already being prepared for a procedure, and one that finished the procedure. The anxiety levels are different and their needs also are.
When patients come to the clinic they seem to have many questions waiting for the right answers. If they do not get the answers they wish, their anxiety and stress levels rocket. And 99% of patients feel the same way.
There are several interesting articles published online and serious magazines regarding this topic. Web MD says: “While doctors may not know the exact links between stress and fertility, a series of studies shows the impact is hard to ignore”. Also Human Reproduction’s magazine has good articles like this one: The impact of lifestyle factors on reproductive performance in the general population and those undergoing infertility treatment. It’s conclusion is: “Physiological stress may reduce female reproductive performance in various ways. Given that infertility and assisted reproductive techniques treatments are associated with stress, determination of whether stress contributes to or is a consequence of infertility and assisted reproductive techniques is problematic”. Also “decreased conception was associated with women who reported being most stressed”. In the journal Fertility and Sterility there is an interesting article: Infertility-related stress in men and women predicts treatment outcome 1 year later; it’s conclusions: “ Fertility problem stress was associated with a poorer treatment outcome in women and men”.
According to Web MD “body massage therapy may hold a key to reduce infertility stress”. This is also supported by an article in the Journal of Neuroscience: Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy. There is also an interesting article about this in integrativehealcare.org: Massage therapy aids fertility treatments.
Being a fertility patient myself, I decided to test this technique of relaxation when I had my last fertility treatment (I’ve had several and reported poor outcomes). I designed my own oils and creams and had professional massages with my products several weeks before the fertility treatment, during and even after. I also combined this with a good nutrition and exercise. The results were astonishing.
Some patients decided to test my home made organic products and they showed a difference in their outcome. I chose patients who reported being anxious and stressed during their first attempt. This way I could compare the results before and after. There was a definitive improvement. Of course I am not claiming these products will definitely give you success in your fertility treatment, but you will feel more relaxed and calm for sure.
As requested by patients and infertility specialist colleagues I will launch Fertility Spa. The brand will have a range of natural based products dedicated to every specific needs prior, during and after the fertility procedure.
The products will contain Arnica, Lavender, Chamomile, Roses, Cinnamon, and Peppermint, with Argan, Olive, Coconut and essential oils. Every product will perform a role in every each step of the procedure.
The products will be available soon. I am intending to make them available for everyone out there in need of relaxation and stress-reducing tension. I am sure they will enhance your wellbeing and the results will improve. Your body will feel calmer and balanced, and will definitely be grateful for the feeling.
The products can also be used for non-fertility patients, as they will be very natural and contribute with several problems. Their properties will be described for each.
Stay tuned to participate in the brand opening!
Bibliography (in order of appearance):
1. Web MD: www.webMd.com
2. The impact of lifestyle factors on reproductive performance in the general population and those undergoing infertility treatment. Human Reproduction. Volume 3, issue 3.
3. Infertility-related stress in men and women predicts treatment outcome 1 year later. Fertility and Sterility, 2005, Jun; 83(6).
4. Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy. Int. Journal of Neuroscience, 2005 Oct; 115 (10).