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Massage And IVF

Massage therapy has been explored in the context of in vitro fertilization (IVF), and there is evidence suggesting potential benefits. Let’s delve into this topic:

  1. Effectiveness of Massage Therapy in IVF:

  • A 2015 study investigated the impact of a specific type of massage therapy called andullation therapy on IVF outcomes. Andullation therapy involves deep relaxation through oscillating vibrations.

  • In this study, patients undergoing blastocyst transfer during IVF cryo-cycles received a 30-minute deep relaxation massage using an oscillating device before embryo transfer.

  • The results showed that the group receiving massage therapy had significantly higher:

  • Pregnancy rates (PRs): 58.9% vs. 41.7%

  • Ongoing pregnancies (oPRs): 53.6% vs. 33.2%

  • Birth rates (BRs): 32.0% vs. 20.3%

  1. Mechanisms and Benefits:

  1. Surprising Findings:

In summary, while massage therapy is not a substitute for medical treatments, it appears to be a safe and potentially beneficial adjunct to IVF. Always consult with your healthcare provider before incorporating any complementary therapies during fertility treatments4.

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