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A case study and review of the literature on the results of chiropractic care for infertility patients was published on January 19, 2017, in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health. The study defines this condition by stating, “Infertility is a reproductive issue defined as the inability to accomplish a pregnancy within one year or more of regular sexual intercourse without the use of contraceptives.”

Chiropractic Care for Infertility_krieger2According to the U.S. Office of Women’s Health, the number of married women between the ages of 15 and 44 who are suffering with infertility is 1 million, or 6.1% of that population. In that age group, 6.9 million, about 11.3%, have used fertility services.

The study reports that infertility can also have psychological effects on the woman affected by this and can lead to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety and guilt, as well as self-loathing. Medical treatment for infertility can vary but usually carries a price tag in the thousands of dollars.

In this case, a 24 year-old woman presented herself for chiropractic care with a chief complaint of back pain. Her history also showed that she was under medical care for infertility for the past three and a half years. Additionally, it was reported that all of her menstrual cycles had to be progesterone induced and would occur infrequently every 3 – 5 months on average.

A chiropractic examination was performed that showed postural irregularities, tender areas along her spine, and muscle spasms. Motion muscle tests, reflexes and sensation were all within normal limits with only one orthopedic test showing a positive finding. X-rays revealed a reversal of the normal cervical curve as well as mal-positioning of several vertebrae in the lower back.

Chiropractic Care for Infertility_krieger4How Chiropractic Care for Infertility May Help

Based on the determination of the presence of subluxations, care was started on the woman in the form of specific chiropractic adjustments. By the third visit, the woman reported that she started menstruating. However, her cycle was not of normal duration or flow. By the ninth visit, she reported that she had completed her first normal menstrual cycle. On her tenth chiropractic visit, she stated that she had begun ovulating. Two visits later, she had reported that she had become pregnant. The woman went on to have a successful vaginal birth. She continued to receive chiropractic care, and as of this writing, she was pregnant with her second child.

In their condition, the study authors explained how the woman was able to overcome infertility and conceive by saying,

“Chiropractic care has the ability to restore biomechanical function and neurological integrity by working with the nervous system through the reduction of subluxations. This restoration of the nervous system can improve the function of the body in many aspects, including whole organ systems. The altered function of a female reproductive system has the potential to be improved through the enhancement of neurological function due to the effects of reducing subluxations.”

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