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Struggling with Infertility

Struggling with Infertility?

Infertility describes a couple that has not been able to conceive after having unprotected sex for at least one year. The cause of this emotionally draining problem can be one of many physical or chemical factors. In our office we’ve found that fertility is negatively affected by extreme stress which can wreak havoc with sex hormones, adrenal hormones and blood sugar levels.  Modern society values hard work and long hours without any consideration to how they affect a human being!

Negative Pregnancy Test

While a man’s reproductive issues can be easily determined, a woman’s system is more complicated and often less easily diagnosed. However this rarely means that there aren’t problems associated with both parties that with some herbal intervention, can be fixed.

Some of the more common causes of infertility are:

  • Endometriosis
  • Estrogen/progesterone imbalances
  • Improper processing of hormones through the liver
  • A hostile uterine environment
  • Timing of sexual intercourse
  • Irregular cycles
  • Low sperm count
  • Adrenal fatigue causing a hostile environment within the body
  • Blood sugar dysregulation disorders
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Delayed childbearing
  • Immune system dysregulated (immune system must accept a pregnancy)
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Nutritional deficiencies

The average time that it takes to get pregnant is 3-6 months. However, a history of some of the above risk factors may make conceiving more difficult.  Our recommendation is to get your body healthy first, to achieve conception more easily. Then, if you haven’t gotten pregnant and you are wondering what to do next, we suggest being seen in our office.

When you come in we will spend 90 minutes going over every detail of your health history.  What surprises people is that we won’t just talk about your reproductive function but other areas of your health as well.  As you can see from the above list, problems like adrenal fatigue, blood sugar issues, and stress can easily be the answer to your infertility as often as a true reproductive system issue.

One common approach to infertility is intrauterine insemination that doctors will usually attempt 3-4 times before recommending moving on to invitro-fertilization.  While these two procedures sound relatively simple, the hormones that a woman is placed on to stimulate an increased egg release, as well as the strong hormones needed to maintain the pregnancy can leave a woman that has a body that is already stressed or under pressure even further away from conceiving.  In our office we work with our patients to make sure the body is optimally prepared to carry a child.  Even if natural solutions don’t work we can modify and work with you so that you will be able to sustain and conceive while doing IUI or IVF.

A typical treatment program for infertility will look something like this:

  • Optimal nutrition
  • Chiropractic adjustments to increase nervous system health to the reproductive system
  • Education on menstrual/fertility cycles
  • Stress reduction activities
  • Normalizing stress hormones both before infertility and those that occur with it
  • Acupuncture to improve pelvic blood flow or for improving sperm quality and quantity
  • Supplements for any vitamin deficiencies such as B12 or amino acids
  • Lab evaluation of hormone levels
  • Botanicals for balancing hormones or bringing levels back into place
  • Bio-identical hormone management

The above is just a sample as each treatment plan is developed specifically for the individual’s body and reasons for infertility. We are proud to have a history of success in our office and would like to help you on the road to parenthood. We offer a complimentary ten minute phone consult where we can determine if we can help you or if you would be better served with another professional.

Newsletter July 2011

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