According to the CDC, an estimated 7.4 million women in the US struggle with infertility, meaning that they have difficulty getting and staying pregnant. That’s about 12 percent of women. While infertility is not considered a medical diagnosis until after one full year of actively having unprotected intercourse, so many couples struggle with infertility and are left wondering what the problem is and how they can fix it.

The traditional medicine route says to utilize hormone therapy, get in vitro fertilization, or have some type of surgery to correct a problem. Unfortunately, not all of these methods are effective at helping a woman get and stay pregnant, and they all come with their fair share of downsides. Hormone therapy can leave your hormones in chaos for years to come after the struggle with infertility has long ended, leaving you with more hormonal issues to combat in the future. In vitro fertilization is incredibly expensive (over $12k for one cycle!) and only has about a 30% success rate. And surgery may or may not be a viable option for you, depending on what is to blame for infertility, and even if it is, it comes with a fair share of possible risks and lengthy recovery time.

What Causes Infertility?

Infertility can be linked to a number of things in both men and women. Usually, both partners have an underlying issue that is contributing to infertility, though sometimes one partner has a health concern or other factor that causes infertility. Female infertility is usually caused by ovulation issues, such as hormonal imbalance, a cyst, alcohol or drug use, thyroid problems, or excess weight, or fallopian tube or uterus issues, such as uterine polyps, pelvic inflammatory disease, scar tissue, endometriosis, or a previous ectopic pregnancy. Male infertility typically tends to be much simpler, as there are only three main causes for it: a gonad disorder, a sperm transport disorder, or a hypothalamic or pituitary disorder. An additional cause of both male and female fertility has been cited as “unknown causes,” which may be related to general health concerns or a simple nervous system miscommunication.

How Can Chiropractic Help?

Chiropractic aims to foster whole-body health. It directly influences the central nervous system by helping it communicate properly with the remainder of the body so that each part can function in the way it is supposed to. Infertility, though it has various causes, can oftentimes be linked to a vertebral subluxation, or spinal misalignment. Multiple case studies have shown that individuals with infertility issues have subluxations in their spine, and upon correcting those misalignments over a period of time, the couples struggling with infertility were able to conceive and carry a pregnancy full-term.

Chiropractic is an incredible option for those struggling to get pregnant, but many people don’t know about the whole-body benefits it can have. If you or someone you know is struggling with infertility, get in touch with Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor. He would love to help you restore your body’s proper function and experience miracles in your health. Contact Dr. Grant and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte, NC today!

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