By Dr Natasha Nixon, 19th January 2017.
Infertility can be defined as a couple’s inability to become pregnant after one year of intercourse without contraception. The number of infertile couples is increasing with infertility affecting one in every six couples in Australia (1). As this number increases so to does the intervention offered by various health care industries, including Chiropractic.
Causes of Infertility
Parental health prior to conception is one of many factors that influence a successful reproductive outcome (1). Current research supports the notion that mental health is a major contributor to a couple’s ability to conceive and that it is a combination of chemical, physical, environmental, and emotional stress along with a person’s ability to adapt to those stressors that plays a crucial role in fertility.
Possible causative factors include;
- Physical - Accidents / Injuries, falls, athletic demands, scoliosis, chronic lower back, chronic neck pain
- Chemical - Diabetes, colitis, use of the oral contraceptive pill, poor diet, migraines, hormonal changes - including amenorrhea or dysmenorrhea, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, thyroid dysfunction, polycystic ovarian syndrome, environmental toxins or chemicals resulting in decline in sperm count
- Emotional - Work, stress, prior miscarriages, stress of on-going infertility
- Lifestyle - Diet, obesity, improper exercise, sexually transmitted diseases resulting in damage to reproductive organs.
Assisted reproductive technologies are expensive and often have a poor success rate. In fact, recent statistics show that a whopping 80% of pregnancies through IVF in women aged 40-45, result in miscarriage (1).
Additional statistics report that cost for fertility treatment can cost as much as $6000 per cycle for fertility medication and $10,000 per cycle for assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF. Furthermore, often multiple cycles must be attempted for a possibility of a successful pregnancy (2,3).
If this is the path you decide to take, Chiropractic care may improve the chances of a successful pregnancy through medical procedures such as IVF.
Chiropractic care also offers a holistic, safe, cost effective and natural approach to help reduce factors affecting infertility. Chiropractic care focuses on whole body wellness, including; ovulation dysfunction, fallopian tube dysfunction, pelvic imbalances and hormonal issues (4).
The Chiropractic adjustment affects reproductive health by improving the function of your spine and nervous system. Nerve messages impaired by misalignments of the spine can result in altered joint motion and nerve irritation which lessens organ function and general health. More specifically, spinal movement contributes to the proper flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Restrictions of spinal movement alter the flow of CSF which may impact the hypothalamus and/or pituitary gland which are responsible for producing hormones that stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs (5,6).
Furthermore, evidence suggests Chiropractic care can enhance the ability of the body to communicate at a cellular level. This allows us to adapt to internal and external stressors, both physiologically and emotionally (6). This will help maintain health and wellness and so increase your chances of achieving a successful pregnancy.
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