Women typically do not seek out chiropractic care to help with infertility. But it is not uncommon for women who have been unable to get pregnant to conceive while undergoing chiropractic care. Why is this? With chiropractic care, fertility is enhanced as the overall body function improves.
Chiropractic care is a natural approach to enhancing the body’s function by reducing nerve stress. The nervous system is the Master Control system. In many cases, chiropractic improves the structure of the body which also can play a role in fertility.
What Causes Infertility?
Fertility issues can be a mystery, and often times they are associated with improper nerve function, poor nutrition, high stress, and poor lifestyle habits. There are numerous possible causes including damage to the fallopian tubes, hormonal imbalances, and nervous system dysfunction.
Fertility and the Nervous System
You cannot consciously control your reproductive organs. They are directed through the autonomic nervous system that is ultimately controlled by the central nervous system. The central nervous system (CNS) consists of the brain and spinal cord.
The autonomic nervous system directs the peristaltic motion of helping the smooth muscle contract to help the egg travel to the uterus after being fertilized. If this peristaltic motion is disturbed, it could get backed up and deliver uterine tissue into the abdominal cavity or ovaries, leading to endometriosis.
How Chiropractic Can Help
Chiropractors check for subluxations; these are any misalignments in the spine. Subluxations result in altered joint motion, put pressure on the spinal cord, and irritate nerve flow between the body and the brain. Misalignments, especially in the vertebrae in the lower back compromises nerve communication between the reproductive organs and the CNS. The decrease of function is dictated by the severity of the subluxation as well as the amount of time it has been sustained.
If the brain cannot clearly direct the reproductive organs, their ability to function is diminished. In some cases, this could result in an inability to conceive or endometriosis. Chiropractors work to remove any interference so that the body can heal.
One study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research looked at how effective chiropractic care is for infertility. The study consisted of 15 women who ranged in age from 22 – 65 with a history of infertility. 14 of the 15 subjects became pregnant within 2 – 20 months of starting chiropractic care. The 65-year-old did not get pregnant, but after a lifetime with no menstrual periods, she began menstruating four weeks after beginning chiropractic adjustments.
Conventional medicine will treat infertility with medications, surgery to remove cysts or scar tissue, and/or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Chiropractic care can be used in conjunction with other approaches to resolving infertility and can greatly improve the chances of success in medical procedures such as IVF.
Chiropractic care is cost –effective and has the potential to save couples a large amount of money. Each IVF attempt can range from $10,000-$20,000. Chiropractic care can reduce or eliminate the need for these procedures to achieve conception.
At Relief Plus Chiropractic, we recommend that all women try natural chiropractic care along with addressing nutrition and lifestyle habits before choosing medical intervention. While chiropractic is not a “cure” for infertility, we have seen first hand how optimizing the body’s function can lead to amazing results!
If you or someone you know are thinking about becoming pregnant or have struggled with infertility, please call our office at (952) 681-2863 to take advantage of a Free Consultation!
Dr. Sara Hillesheim is a chiropractor at Relief Plus Chiropractic in Minnetonka MN. She is dedicated to helping her community achieve the highest level of health possible throughout life! For more information visit www.reliefplusmn.com.