Infertility Treatment: Can Alternative Approaches Like Chiropractic Help?
The heartache, constant stress, turmoil and stigmatization of infertility unfortunately affects an increasing number of couples each year. In fact, recent estimates suggest nearly one in every five couples in Australia will suffer infertility problems. To date, conventional medical practices are the most sought after infertility treatment options such as IVF in order to conceive.
Infertility is described as a couple’s inability to fall pregnant after 12-months of sexual intercourse without contraception. Identified causes of female infertility may include ovulation dysfunction, fallopian tube abnormalties, pelvic disorders, hormonal imbalances, sexually transmitted diseases, genetic factors, age-related or idiopathic (unknown).
ALTERNATIVE INFERTILITY TREATMENT OPTIONS
While there are various medical approaches to infertility, you may be interested to read about natural, non-invasive procedures which are detailed below.
There is growing acceptance of Chiropractic management as a means of improving fertility rates as conventional medical practices are extremely expensive and pose potential long-term side effects. Someone who has never seen a Chiropractor before may not understand that Chiropractic is much more than just ‘cracking backs.’ The major premise of Chiropractic is in fact that normal nervous system function and spinal health are essential to achieving overall health and wellbeing. The spinal cord, which consists of spinal nerves that transmit through the vertebrae (spinal column) are responsible for every nerve transmission from the brain and from the body back to the brain. Dysfunction of the spinal column may result in what is referred to as a ‘spinal misalignment’ and therefore interfere with the normal functioning of the nervous system. Chiropractic treatment restores spinal misalignment to allow the body to function at its absolute best.
In regards to fertility and the ability to conceive, Chiropractic treatment facilitates vertebrae movement which in turn contributes to cerebrospinal fluid flow (cerebrospinal fluid is the liquid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain). This flow may impact on areas of the brain, in particularly the hypothalamus and pituitary gland which are responsible for releasing sex hormones which are critical in reproduction. Treatment may also stimulate the nerves which directly affect the female reproductive organs.
Many women who have been trying to conceive have heard of the many benefits of Acupuncture. Acupuncture works on a similar premise to Chiropractic whereby it affects the natural flow of the body and promotes general health & wellbeing.
WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH TELL US?
There is a growing body of evidence for the Chiropractic approach in assisting infertility. Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive therapy that may offer hope for couples and those wanting a natural option for wellbeing.
- Chiropractic management over an 18 week period resulted in resolution of signs and symptoms as well as successful ultrasound confirmed pregnancy highlighting the potential benefit as an infertility treatment. Sims, L. (2008). Resolution of infertility in a female undergoing subluxation based Chiropractic care: Case report & review of literature. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 6; 1 – 6