Maya Abdominal Massage and IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization)
Maya abdominal massage is an external massage of the abdomen that is said to release tension in the muscles and connective tissue of the uterus, ovaries, Fallopian tubes and bladder. Some proponents claim the massage can also be used to break up adhesions and scar tissue, improve the function of the digestive and reproductive organs, and provide emotional benefits.
Maya abdominal massage is sometimes used as part of fertility treatment. A small number of studies suggest that the massage may improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, and reduce stress. However, there is no evidence that the massage increases the chances of conceiving.
IVF (in-vitro fertilization) is a medical procedure in which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body. IVF is a type of assisted reproductive technology (ART).
During IVF, healthy eggs are removed from a woman’s ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. Then the fertilized egg (embryo) or eggs are implanted in the woman’s uterus.
Possible risks of IVF include:
- Multiple births. IVF increases the risk of twins and triplets. Having twins or triplets also increases the risk of premature birth and low birth weight.
- Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). OHSS can occur when the ovaries are stimulated too much during fertility treatment. It can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, and weight gain. In severe cases, it can lead to trouble breathing, kidney problems, and blood clots.
- Ectopic pregnancy. This happens when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in a Fallopian tube. Ectopic pregnancies can cause serious health problems, including infertility.
- Miscarriage. Miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks. IVF does not appear to increase the risk of miscarriage.
You and your doctor will decide whether the possible benefits of IVF are worth the risks.