In 1984, the estimated number of Canadian couples struggling with fertility problems was 5.4%. In 1992, the number rose to 8.5%. Today, 11.5% to 15.7% of Canadian couples struggle with infertility. When you break that down that’s one in every six couples, which means you or someone you know has probably struggled with infertility. How can chiropractic help with fertility issues? Keep reading.
What is Infertility?
The general definition of infertility is being unable to conceive after a year of regular, unprotected intercourse if a woman is under age 35, or 6 months if a woman is 35 or older. Infertility can also refer to the biological inability of an individual to contribute to conception, or to a female who cannot carry a pregnancy to full term.
What Causes Infertility?
From the growing number of women waiting to have children later in life, to the rising rate of obesity, to declining sperm counts in men –there are many reasons fertility issues are on the rise.
Perhaps one of the most preeminent issues is the use of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in our pharmaceuticals, household chemicals and foods. Research shows that EDCs not only impact fertility, but also contribute to cancer, diabetes and obesity rates. You can learn more about toxins here.
Helping Fertility Issues
When it comes to treating infertility, one will often seek advice from their medical doctor. In many cases, fertility drugs will be prescribed and if ineffective in-vitro fertilization will be recommended. Though at times this is needed, one should consider trying chiropractic as a natural alternative before spending thousands.
Why do we say this? A study authored by Dr. Madeline Behrendt – Chairwoman of the World Chiropractic Alliance Council on Woman’s Health—tracked 15 women, ages 22-65, who had a history of fertility problems – some for as long as nine years. The 15 woman entered chiropractic care.
“Each was determined to close the gap between how her body was designed to function and the reality of how her body was functioning,” stated Dr. Behrendt. The results were incredible. An astounding, 14 of the 15 women became pregnant following the start of chiropractic adjustments.
The 65-year old woman had ceased having a menstrual cycle at age 18 following a traumatic fall. Then, nearly five decades later – and little more than a month after starting chiropractic care – her cycles resumed. Although she did not get pregnant, she was advised to use birth control.
Perhaps the most remarkable story was that of a 32 year-old woman. The woman had no menstrual cycle for 12 years. She had attempted multiple fertility treatments with no success. After two months of chiropractic care – with attention to the lumbar regions – menstruation started. And, after four cycles, unassisted pregnancy occurred.
How Does Chiropractic Help Fertility Issues?
To be clear chiropractic isn’t a specific cure for infertility, but it’s important to highlight the impact interference on your nervous system can have on normal body functions. .
Ultimately, chiropractic is a means of allowing the human body to operate as it was designed. And, when operating at peak efficiency, the human body can do great things.
Dr. Behrendt’s research is wonderful news for couples trying to start a family. It also serves as further evidence that regular spinal adjustments can have benefits far beyond those that the public normally associates with chiropractic care.
If you or someone you know is struggling with infertility, consider getting your spine checked by a chiropractor. Regular chiropractic care just may be the answer for your fertility problems.
Insult, Interference and Infertility: An Overview of Chiropractic Research published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.