Friday, March 18, 2011

Aromatherapy and Infertility

For many women infertility is a devastating condition.  After all, isn't having children a natural right?  Women in this situation look for answers in both traditional medicine and alternative therapies.  Sometimes women abandon hope altogether as treatment is expensive, frustrating and very uncomfortable.  Adoption remains an alternative but it too can be expensive, frustrating and uncomfortable. 

As a certified aromatherapist, master degreed educator and a woman who battled infertility and won! (I adopted two children!), I believe that aromatherapy cannot assist in helping a woman conceive.  In fact I would argue that the use of aromatherapy during the time of month when a woman is undergoing treatment could be counter productive.  The reason I say this is because if a woman tries to conceive and fail, she may blame it on the rose, lavender or clary sage all estrogenic oils she might have been give to inhale, soak in or apply. 

Infertility caused by hormonal imbalance should be addressed by a professional.  Time is of essence when it comes to treatment, so I think that it is not a good idea to use essential oils to shrink fibroids.   With that said, I think there is a place for aromatherapy for the couple or woman relying on assistance. 

It is important to avoid many drugs and herbal remedies when trying to conceive, so anyone considering the use of essential oils should consult with their physician. But the weeks prior to beginning hormones, it might be nice to diffuse essential oils of rose and sweet orange in your home to help relax and bring down tension levels.  Infertility treatment is stressful as it is, this is an excellent way to lower anxiety. 

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