Improve Blood Flow to Pelvic Organs

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FEMORAL MASSAGE

 

It’s quick, simple and easy. This exercise for the femoral artery can strengthen your reproductive system, bringing more blood flow and cell nourishment to the uterus and ovaries. The optimal time to begin is the follicular phase – after your period (all bleeding has stopped) and up to ovulation. Having the assistance of a partner to perform the exercise might be better than doing it yourself.

1. Begin by laying face up on a flat surface.

2. Bend the right knee. At the crease where the thigh meets the lower abdomen (panty line), palpate to find the femoral artery pulse. The femoral artery comes from the iliac artery, and the iliac artery has branches that supply blood flow to the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovary. After you find the femoral artery, unbend the leg so it is straight.

3. Press firmly on the pulse with your fingertips, heel of the hand, or the forearm. This will restrict the flow of blood in the artery. Hold the pressure for 30 to 45 seconds. The blood is now backing up and increasing the pressure in the iliac arteries, forcing more blood into the pelvic arteries and flooding the pelvic organs with more blood.

4. Release the pressure and let the blood flow normally. When the hold is released, you should feel a sensation of warmth rushing down your leg as the blood supply returns to the lower extremity.

5. Repeat on the opposite side. Perform this femoral massage sequence three times in a row, twice a day, up to ovulation (or the day before embryo transfer) – and not beyond.

NOTE: Do not perform this exercise if you are or might be pregnant. If you have high blood pressure, heart disease or circulatory problems including aneurisms, varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis, or a history of strokes or detached retinas, do not practice these techniques. If you have diabetes or similar disorder affecting the circulation but can perform normal exercise and daily routines, practice on one side at a time.

References:
Lewis, Dr. Randine, The Fertile Soul, Little, Brown and Company