Pelvic Physical Therapy
Many women suffer from adhesions in their reproductive organs that cause poor reproductive function. More than 50 percent of all female infertility can be attributed to pelvic adhesions. Infertility, in the US, is defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. Internationally, the period is longer, generally 24 months of unprotected sexual intercourse without a pregnancy. Infertility is common, affecting between 10 to 15 percent of heterosexual couples.
Mechanical Infertility-The Presence Of Adhesions
It is estimated that about 40 percent of women are affected with mechanical infertility - something is not functioning properly in terms of the actual reproductive organs. Pelvic adhesions are considered to be among the primary causes of mechanical infertility. Formed as a natural response to tissue damage caused by surgery, infection, inflammation or trauma, they are a by-product of the healing process and remain long after the original wound is healed. Adhesions may be on an organ or muscle, perhaps on its surface, or they may attach to neighboring structures. Wherever they happen, they disfigure and distort the reproductive organs and cause a decrease in function.
Pelvic adhesions not only result from surgery, they can also be related to endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, polyps, bowel obstruction, PCOS, and many other conditions. These adhesions may limit the ability to conceive, even when in vitro fertilization or assisted reproductive technologies are used.
Various Natural Methods Are Available
Many women who want to conceive undergo testing and treatments, oftentimes using drugs and/or surgery as a means to attain pregnancy. While in many cases such treatments have proven helpful, there is still a desire among women for natural treatment to help induce pregnancy. Diet, yoga, acupuncture and vitamin therapy are among the natural treatments available.
One non-surgical infertility treatment that addresses adhesions very effectively is also useful in the treatment of premature ovarian failure and high FSH levels. Pelvic physical therapy is a newly researched and very effective treatment that has proven to decrease adhesions and increase the function of reproductive organs and glands without the use of drugs or surgery. Rather than being effective for only one cycle, pelvic physical therapy has been found to have lasting results.
Therapy That Is Natural, Effective And Non-Invasive
Many types of fertility treatments avoid the problem areas, bypassing the core problem of poor reproductive function and are successful for a single menstrual cycle, sometimes a little longer. The use of site-specific manual soft-tissue therapy has produced excellent results, facilitating fertility in women with a wide range of adhesion-related infertility and reproductive organ dysfunction. Pelvic physical therapy improves soft-tissue mobility, elasticity, and breaks down adhesions that cause pain and dysfunction.
A study published in a peer-reviewed journal, showed a 71 percent natural pregnancy rate for patients diagnosed with female infertility after they received manual soft-tissue therapy. This therapy also assists greatly in gynecological care prior to IUI and IVF, helping the treatment to be more effective.