Infertility: Preparing for Optimal Conception
This week, April 22nd through April 28th, is National Infertility Awareness Week. It is dedicated to bringing awareness, starting conversations and reducing stigmas about infertility. Infertility can be a lonely journey yet it affects 7.3 million people. The goal is to offer hope to those suffering from infertility and bring awareness about the options that those struggling individuals have.
Infertility is a medical diagnosis given after a couple has actively pursued conception for at least one year. This condition can be caused by deficiencies in both men and women. There are medical options available to those wanting to conceive. The most common infertility treatments include medication (to help women ovulate more regularly), intrauterine insemination, and in vitro fertilization. While these options may result in conception, they do not fix the root cause of the infertility and they don’t guarantee a healthy pregnancy.
Research Shows Chiropractic Can Be a Solution to Many Infertility Struggles
While there are no guarantees with any method, chiropractic care has proven to be incredibly effective at helping couples previously diagnosed with infertility to conceive naturally and carry healthy babies to full-term. Spinal misalignments, which are the focus of chiropractic, cause nerve interference in the body, which disrupts communication between the brain and the other systems within the body. This means that spinal misalignments may be contributing to your improper body function! Your brain may not be effectively getting messages to your organs.
Your lumbar spine houses the nerves that control your reproductive organs. If there is a spinal misalignment in that area and you are struggling with infertility, there could be a correlation. A chiropractor can perform an evaluation to determine your level of spinal health, and he or she may be able to pinpoint one of the contributors to your infertility problem.
In one study published by Alcantara, Stone, and Oman, in 2009, three women who were previously unable to conceive began chiropractic care along with making nutritional changes. After receiving chiropractic care, all three women were able to conceive. Another study from 2003 in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research saw two women, diagnosed as medically infertile, who were able to conceive naturally while under chiropractic care.
Nutrition Is More Connected to Fertility Than People Realize
In addition to being under chiropractic care, individuals struggling with fertility should pay close attention to their nutrition. Foods containing chemicals and preservatives can negatively affect your overall health and they can also greatly impact fertility. To optimize fertility focus on foods that are rich in nutrients, specifically those that help regulate hormone function, as well as support fetal development, blood health, egg and sperm health, and more. Start with a whole food diet full of vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, healthy fats and grass fed meats. Choose organic whenever possible. Avoid packaged foods, foods high in sugar and alcohol. The primary cause of infertility is often a lack of ovulation, but studies have shown that this issue can be improved significantly simply by making dietary changes.
New Beginnings Chiropractic Optimal Health Program For Infertility
At New Beginnings Chiropractic located in Grand Haven, Michigan, Dr. Cathy Boufford offers a Optimal Health Program which helps people who are not happy with their current level of health through natural options, such as chiropractic, nutritional supplementation and lifestyle changes. While Dr. Cathy works with individuals with many different concerns, one of the most common conditions that she sees in her program is infertility. Dr. Cathy works to correct the root causes of infertility, and she does this by addressing toxicities and deficiencies in the body, along with offering chiropractic care, nutritional support and encouragement as stepping stones to optimal health and fertility.
To learn more about Dr. Cathy’s Optimal Health Program, or chiropractic care in Grand Haven please reach out to New Beginnings Chiropractic.
Alcantara, J., Stern, G., Oman, R. “Female Infertility, Subluxation & Chiropractic Care.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2009 June; 1-10.
Anderson-Peacock, E. “Reduction of Vertebral Subluxation Using Torque Release Technique with Changes in Fertility: Two Case Reports.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2003 July; 1-6.