Can reflexology help me to get pregnant?

The BabyCentre editorial team

Our panel of health writers.

Some mums who've tried reflexology are convinced that it made a real difference to their health and wellbeing and helped them to conceive.

Despite this, there's no research to show that having reflexology can help you to get pregnant, or have any effect on your fertility.

Reflexology is based on the belief that specific areas in your feet and hands (called reflex points) link to your organs and to other parts of your body. Putting pressure on these reflex points is said to stimulate or restore the flow of energy within your body. This, it's claimed, ensures you are in the best possible health to become pregnant.

Reflexologists say they can help with ovulation and menstrual cycle problems, as well as rebalancing hormones.

During a session the reflexologist will touch your feet, and sometimes your hands. Some reflexologists also work on areas on your face and ears. Your therapist will massage reflex points, using gentle pressure from her fingers and thumbs.

According to reflexology, different areas on your hands and feet are also linked to specific parts of your body, such as your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and womb (uterus). For example, areas on the top of each wrist connect to the ovaries and fallopian tubes. A similar area in men is linked to the testicles.

Reflexology is usually relaxing and calming. Research shows that it may lower your blood pressure and heart rate, relieve tiredness and help you to sleep better. There is also evidence that reflexology can have a positive effect on your quality of life and reduce stress and anxiety.

This could be helpful when you’re trying to get pregnant, as stress and anxiety may make it harder to conceive.

Women usually have several reflexology sessions over a number of weeks. The aim is not only to help you relax and reduce stress, but also to regulate your periods and ovulation.

Reflexology is a complementary therapy. This means it complements conventional medicine and could work alongside any medical treatments you’re having. If you're having fertility treatment, you may wish to try reflexology alongside this.

Choose a reflexologist who is well trained, qualified and insured. There is no law that says reflexologists have to be registered or follow any particular training.

However, you can find a list of registered reflexologists at the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Ask your reflexologist about her experience and whether she has treated anyone trying to get pregnant before.
Last reviewed: August 2016


This article was written using the following sources:

CNHC. nd. Reflexology. Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. [Accessed August 2016]

Embonga N, Soha Y, Minga, L et al. 2015 Revisiting reflexology: concept, evidence, current practice, and practitioner training. Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine 5(4):197-206

House of Lords. 2000. Science and technology, sixth report. Complementary and alternative medicine. [Accessed August 2016]

Jones J, Thomson P, Irvine K et al. 2013. Is there a specific hemodynamic effect in reflexology? A systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 19(40):319-328

Lee J, Han M, Chung Y et al. 2011. Effects of foot reflexology on fatigue, sleep and pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Korean Acad Nurs 41(6):821-833

McCullough J, Liddle S, Sinclair M et al. 2014. The physiological and biochemical outcomes associated with a reflexology treatment: a systematic review. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine . Art 502123, 1-16

Hernandez-Rey AE, Lucidi RS. 2015. Anovulation: pathophysiology. Medscape. [Accessed August 2016]

Penny Brohn/NHS. 2016. Reflexology. [Accessed August 2016]


Track your baby’s development

Join now to receive free weekly newsletters tracking your baby’s development and yours throughout your pregnancy.
Trying to conceive?


Log in or sign up to post a comment!
Pls. can CS delay another conception.
Join BabyCentre
Sign up to receive free emails and track your baby's development.

Our site uses cookies to store information on your computer.
We want to make your experience easy and help you quickly find information that matters to you. By using our site, we assume that you consent to our use of these cookies. To learn more about our cookies, including how to opt out, please review our .

Getting pregnant
Life as a parent
Meet other mums!
In your Birth Club, you can meet other mums and mums-to-be whose due date, or baby's birth date, is the same as yours. It's the perfect place to share advice, support and friendship with others who know what you're going through, because they are too!