How to Do Uterine Massage

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If you have just given birth, are trying to conceive, or simply want to ease abdominal discomfort, uterine massage, also known as fundal massage, may be a perfect option. This practice helps to reposition the uterus and improve circulation, and may even help get the uterus back into shape after childbirth and increase fertility. Practice uterine massage at home by gently massaging the area between your navel and pubic bone. You can also book an appointment for a Maya abdominal massage, which incorporates uterine massage as part of its treatment.

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    Urinate before starting the massage. Be sure to urinate before massaging your uterus. A full bladder will press against the uterus, making it relax and bleed more extensively. Emptying your bladder will also make it easier to concentrate on the massage.[1]
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    Lie down somewhere comfortable. Choose a comfortable spot to lie down for your massage (e.g. your bed or a yoga mat). If possible, choose a quiet room with very few distractions. Lie completely flat on your back.[2]
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    Press and rub your abdomen. Hold your hand flat and use the entire length of it to press downwards on your abdomen, starting just below your navel. As you press down, rub your hand in a gentle, circular motion. Brace yourself for cramping or extra bleeding, which is likely to occur during the first few moments of the massage.[3]
    • If pain relievers have been approved by your physician, take ibuprofen before massaging your uterus to reduce the pain from cramping.
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    Seek assistance from an obstetrician, nurse, or midwife. To ensure that you perform postnatal uterine massage properly, ask your obstetrician, nurse, or midwife to demonstrate it prior to attempting it yourself. If you are concerned that the massage is not working, or that something may be wrong, contact your physician immediately. Signs of a problem could include:[4]
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Pain when urinating
    • Dizziness or fainting
    • Vaginal bleeding that gets heavier over time (instead of getting progressively lighter)

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    Time your fertility self-massage. Uterine massage should be conducted at certain points of your menstrual cycle and avoided at others. Perform your uterine self-massage during the period of pre-ovulation and ovulation, when conditions are ideal for insemination.
    • Avoid uterine massage if you are pregnant, or suspect that you might be, particularly during the first trimester.
    • During menstrual days, it's recommended to perform lighter abdominal massages.
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    Gently massage your lower abdomen. Uterine massage for fertility should be conducted in largely the same way as postnatal uterus massage, if not slightly more intense due to the lack of pain and sensitivity. Use the flat of your hand and fingers to gently press and rub your abdomen in circular motions.[5] Press gently on your abdomen, just above the pubic bone, and push upwards, gently but firmly, as if you move the uterus upwards. Repeat this motion 15 times.
    • The massage should last approximately 5 minutes.[6]
    • If you are going to do a self uterine massage during menstrual days, perform a light circular massage with your fingertips around your lower belly area.[7] This gentler massage may help with menstrual pain.[8]
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    Make the experience relaxing. To enhance your uterine massage, play tranquil music and use a calming scented oil (e.g. lavender) when massaging your abdomen. Stress can contribute to fertility problems and adversely affect your health, so any relaxation is beneficial in helping you conceive. Group your regular uterine massage together with other calming activities like yoga, light exercise, or journal-writing for additional benefits.[9]
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    Do self uterine massage for 1-3 months. For best results, give yourself regular uterine massages for a period of one to three months. Conducting the massage daily should reposition the uterus and clear any blockages preventing conception within this time frame. Regular massaging will also improve circulation, which will have benefits for your fertility and overall health.[10]
    • During menstrual days, opt for a gentler abdominal massage instead of a uterine massage.
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    Get a Maya abdominal massage. Maya abdominal massage has been used to increase fertility, improve digestion, ease menstrual cramps, and improve symptoms of menopause. Look online for massage therapists near you practicing Maya abdominal massage, which is gaining popularity. Schedule an appointment to fall between the end of your period and ovulation, as many practitioners of Maya abdominal massage will decline to conduct the massage when you are menstruating or may be pregnant.[11]
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    Consult a physician or fertility specialist. Before embarking on any fertility boosting measures, consult your doctor to ensure their safety. Your physician may give you a referral to a fertility specialist who can offer more comprehensive help in your attempts to conceive. You can also contact an organization like the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for more information about reputable fertility specialists in your area.[12]

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