Infertility and Chiropractic

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Many couples across America struggle with infertility. While some infertility problems lie with men, many are due to the reproductive health of the women. It is estimated that about 7.4 million women, about 12% of all women, have trouble getting pregnant and staying pregnant.  Couples are left devastated month after month as they try to conceive without success.  After months or years of infertility, many couples seek alternative options, such as hormone therapy, in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), or surgery to correct an issue or to try to get pregnant with medical assistance.  While successful for some, these options are very expensive and don’t always work. In vitro only has about a 30% success rate, and while IUI has a higher success rate with each subsequent cycle, it starts at just a success rate of just 10-20%. Hormone therapy can wreak havoc on your hormones and emotions.  Surgery always has its side effects as well, including a lengthy recovery time.  Unfortunately, none of these options is a guaranteed solution to infertility. 

Causes of Infertility

Both men and women can have health concerns that lead to infertility problems.  For females, the underlying issue could be related to thyroid problems, excess weight, hormone imbalance, cysts, or ovulation issues. Health problems related to the fallopian tubes or uterus, such as endometriosis, excess scar tissue, uterine polyps, ectopic pregnancies, or pelvic inflammatory disease, can also contribute to infertility.  Men can also be the cause of infertility in couples.  Infertility in men is related to one of three causes, a sperm transport disorder, a gonad disorder, or a pituitary disorder.  Sometimes, physicians are simply unaware of what causes infertility in couples.  Everything seems to be fine, but the couple just can’t seem to conceive or carry a baby to full term.  It is hard to imagine the amount of pain and frustration couples experience when they struggle to conceive.  Before resorting to expensive or drastic measures, consider consulting with a Bentonville chiropractor. 

Chiropractic Care for Infertility Issues

You may be wondering how on earth chiropractic care can help with your infertility problems. However, there is a significant ink between chiropractic care and the reproductive system.  The nerves that run through the spine, particularly those in the lower back, run directly to the reproductive organs in both men and women. If there is a misalignment in the spine that is disrupting the flow of messages from the brain to the reproductive organs, they will not function properly, often leading to one or several of the infertility issues listed above.

Our central nervous system is responsible for communication to each system throughout the entire body, and chiropractors are experts in the nervous system. The goal of chiropractic care is to promote overall health for all the body’s systems, including the reproductive system.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can remove misalignments through chiropractic adjustments to restore proper communication between the brain and the rest of the body.  This allows the body to function at optimal levels of health and wellness. 

Case studies have shown that correcting spinal misalignments can help with infertility.  In fact, several couples were able to conceive and carry to full term after undergoing chiropractic care for a period of time. To find out more about the benefits of chiropractic for infertility and for whole body health, contact Dr. Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.




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