Each year more couples suffer from heartache and emotional stress due to infertility. As the number of infertile couples grows, so does the intervention offered by the various healthcare industries. Up to now, many couples have not been aware of any other option other than conventional medical intervention which often consists of drugs and surgery. However, more couples are exploring and expectantly happy with a more natural and holistic approach. In their discovery, they have found that current fertility research reinforces that the same method to whole body wellness is the same as the chiropractic wellness lifestyle.
What Are the Causes of Infertility?
Most noted “causes” of infertility are as follows:
Female: endometriosis, ovulatory factors, hormonal dysfunction, pelvic inflammatory disease, infection, and lifestyle habits.
Male: lowered sperm count, hormonal imbalances, exposure to toxins, and lifestyle habits.
The causes are a domino of effects produced by stressors with more base-root foundational dysfunctions.
Addressing Stress Factors
Traumas, Emotional Thoughts, and Toxins are stress factors, which have the potential to manifest as subluxations, or spinal misalignments. The spinal misalignments compress the delicate nerve tissue which is the transmitter line for every cell in the body to regenerate properly. If the signal has interference, then the cells which make up every organ and body system will begin to degenerate or be in a state of dis-ease. Because of the adverse effects, the stress factors should be eliminated or reduced when possible. Not only do stressors cause subluxations, but a misaligned spine is more vulnerable to damage when stressors are present.
1. Traumas. Traumas can include birth injuries, slips or falls, sports injuries, and automobile accidents as well as repetitive or microtraumas from occupational habits, improper sitting, sleeping, and exercise habits, lifting, bending, twisting, and other ” bad habits.”
2. Emotional Stress. Emotional stress might exist from relationships, children, money, careers, fast-paced lives, illness of a loved one, or the underlying stress that mounts as months of failed attempts to conceive.
3. Toxins. Toxins include medications, recreational drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, additives, preservatives, allergens, air pollution, hormone-disrupting chemicals, industrial chemicals, and radiation.
Understanding How Spinal Misalignments Can Affect Reproduction
Subluxations or misalignments in different areas of the spinal vertebra can affect various parts of the reproductive system. From top to bottom, let us quickly review how these restrictions can affect your reproductive system.
Cervical restrictions may affect the hypothalamus and anterior pituitary gland and disrupt the production of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). These hormones are necessary for ovulation and sperm production. Restricted movement of any cranial bone or the sacrum will affect the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid.
Subluxations in the lumbar region have been found to cause fallopian tube malfunction which can lead to infertility or an ectopic pregnancy. Ovarian function may also be compromised with resulting problems with egg maturation and egg release during ovulation. The effects of compressed nerves may also interfere with the corpus luteum which would decrease the production level of progesterone which is needed to maintain the pregnancy. A malfunction in the uterus can cause problems with the development of an adequate endometrial lining for implantation of the embryo and later problems with the placenta.
Sacral subluxations can affect the functioning of the cervix. One result is that fertile cervical fluid, essential for conception to occur, may not be adequately produced. The second is cervical incompetence which may result in a miscarriage during the second trimester.
In the male, spinal misalignments have shown to cause problems with penile and testicular function. Plus, associated problems with sperm production and maturation, erection, and flow of sperm.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
– Thomas Edison
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