Family planning is an exciting, new adventure. However, when you’re trying to conceive, things don’t always go as planned. When months tick by with no positive pregnancy test, it’s easy to get discouraged.
If you’re trying to get pregnant and it’s not happening right away, you’re certainly not alone. When conception doesn’t occur within the first few months, it’s easy to second guess yourself and even panic a bit. The thought of infertility can be scary; the options presented are either costly or have some more serious long-term side effects.
Thankfully, there are ways to support your fertility naturally. And chiropractic care is one of them.
Common Causes And Treatment Of Infertility
If you’re having difficulty conceiving, it can feel like you’re alone on a childless island. In reality, about 10 percent of women (that’s 6.1 million in the U.S. alone!) have difficulty getting and staying pregnant. Some of the most common infertility causes include hormonal issues and imbalances, nervous system dysfunction, heightened stress, fallopian tube issues, ovulation dysfunction, and pelvic alignment problems.
Though many factors can contribute to fertility challenges, when the going gets tough, often, there are only two treatment options presented to couples: IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) or hormone therapy.
IVF fertilizes an egg outside the body and then is implanted into a woman’s uterus. Hormone therapy uses drugs that mimic natural hormones that promote ovulation to stimulate better or more viable eggs.
In the case of IVF, the cost is pretty darn high. Each attempt costs a minimum of $10,000, making it less attainable for many couples. Additionally, the results aren’t promised. On the other hand, hormone therapy has been known to cause some more unpredictable and severe long-term health implications, like ovarian tumors or ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), which causes swollen and painful ovaries.
Understandably, many women aren’t too excited about these two options when they find themselves in this situation– yet still want to work toward better fertility.
So, what else is there to do?
Chiropractic Care To Support Female Fertility
If you’re having trouble conceiving but aren’t excited about more invasive treatments, working chiropractic care into your routine could grant some great fertility boons.
Though chiropractic care is frequently sought out for general wellness, many do not also realize the positive role it can also play in aiding fertility. While chiropractic care alone can’t “cure” infertility, it can be a great tool to use in your prenatal routine to support your fertility efforts. Gentle chiropractic adjustments of the spine and extremities help alleviate pressure in your joints, decrease stress and inflammation, and allow your entire body to function optimally and potentially conceive more easily.
In particular, these are the areas that chiropractic care can provide the most significant benefit to future mothers.
Many of us are working to manage stress from everyday life, but throw in the worry and stress from trying to conceive, and it’s easy for these levels to get dangerously high– even prohibitive to conception. Chiropractic care can alleviate pressure and inflammation in your joints, making it easier for your entire body to relax and regulate to a less-stressed state.
Increased Blood Flow
Regular chiropractic care can also encourage an increase in blood flow which is positive news for conception, as some women struggle with fertility because of blocked fallopian tubes. Encouraging better blood flow can make it easier for a fertilized egg to move into the fallopian tubes— one step closer to the uterus!
Reduced Pressure On The Pelvic Floor
When your pelvis alignment is out of whack, it can impact the vitality of your reproductive organs by placing undue stress on them. Chiropractic adjustments can correct these misalignments, relieve the pressure, and help prime your body for conception.
If you’re struggling with fertility and don’t know where to turn, give chiropractic treatment a try.