You are here:

Infertility/Fertility/Foot Massage Interference with Implantation?



We had our egg transfer this morning, and my wife, who is a very anxious person, convinced me that going to get a foot massage would help her get out of the house for a few minutes, but not be too strenuous.

Needless to say, this has of course made me quite anxious.  The massage was a 30 minute massage at an Asian foot massage center nearby (Chicago).  It's what it sounds like - 30 minutes on your back with someone rubbing your feet and ankles with a decent amount of pressure.  There's not much jostling around, but you aren't perfectly still while they pick your legs up and down.

Am I doing what I usually do and overreacting, or if this round doesn't work, should I maybe avoid this next time?

Thank you.

Hello Adam from the U.S. (Illinois),

The foot massage would have absolutely no impact on the outcome.  Studies have shown that normal activity, including light exercise, do not have an impact.  Despite this, most IVF centers will recommend that patients engage in light activity only for 3-5 days (the implantation period) for peace of mind.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program

Monterey, California, U.S.A.

for additional information check out my blog at check me out on twitter with me at @montereybayivf and facebook @montereybayivf.  Skype and internet comprehensive consultations now available via my website for those who want a more extensive evaluation that this site can accommodate


All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Edward Joseph Ramirez, MD, FACOG


I am a specialist in infertility and advanced gynecological care. I can answer questions about infertility, gynecology related ills, menopause...virtually anything that affects women's health. PLEASE tell me where you are writing from as I am always interested.


I have been practicing as an Ob/Gyn and Infertility Specialist for over 23 years. Gynecology, advanced laparoscopic surgery, basic infertility, IUI's, IVF, reproductive surgery, and ovulation induction are all areas of my expertise. I am Board Certified. I have been doing In Vitro Fertilization in my clinic for 19 years.

American College of OB/GYN, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, California Medical Association, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, Fellow of The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wall Street Journal, Monterey Herald, SERMO, Women's Health and Fertility Blog

Medical Degree from Stanford University, Residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, Reproductive Training at Pacific Fertility Center, San Francisco

©2017 All rights reserved.