Infertility is a cause of emotional devastation to couples who have been trying unsuccessfully to have a child. The thought of living together in their old age without a child brings feelings of loneliness and emptiness in the couple’s lives.
While normal fertility is the described as the ability of a couple to conceive naturally within a period of two years, infertility is the inability to have pregnancy after one year of sexual intercourse without the use of birth contraception. The causes of infertility are dysfunction in the ovulation, fallopian tubes disorders or other hormonal or pelvic problems.
The most common methods of medical management of fertility are the use of medication, surgery and other invasive treatment procedure. Although a countless number of couples seek medical care through conventional medicine, there are concerns on the risk or side effects of drugs and other invasive treatments. For example, the use of synthetic hormones to promote fertility in women has been established to cause severe and toxic side effects. Of the 10 million women who use hormonal pills in the USA, up to 50% stopped its use within a year because of unwanted side effects. No less than 120 risks and side effects have been identified with estrogen and synthetic progestin combination pills. Some of them are life threatening like heart problems, breast cancer, and cancers of the reproductive organs. The others are risks of asthma, diabetes, immune dysfunction and thyroid imbalance.
Current medical care for infertility does not only present risks from side effects. It is also extremely expensive. Fertility medication treatment can cost $6,000 per treatment therapy cycle. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), an assisted reproductive technology to achieve conception, the costs can range from $10,000 to $20,000 per cycle. These costs are simply too much for most couple with infertility issues to afford.
Chiropractic Care for Infertility
In researches done on chiropractic care and infertility, there is agreement that chiropractic care is a cost-effective approach not only in addressing infertility issues but in improving health and well-being in general. It can also be applied in conjunction with other known medical care methods. Chiropractic care can potentially save patients huge amounts of money by letting them avoid the need for IVF altogether or by reducing the cycles of IVF procedures to achieve conception.
Chiropractic care does not base its treatment on the condition alone or symptoms that are complained about, but rather on the goal to improve neurological health and function by reducing vertebral subluxations. In reported cases of chiropractic care for infertility, upon the reduction of vertebral subluxations, there was marked improvement in neuromusculoskeletal functions, which had positive impact on the reproductive system, through various mechanisms.
Chiropractic care is a viable option for the treatment of infertility in couples. It is a natural healthcare method that does not use drugs and surgery. It focuses on the importance of a functional nerve system that couples who want to become parents need to be aware of. Optimal health and wellness for the family can be achieved through a regular chiropractic care, stating from the conception period.