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Lets stop hiding behind closed doors and making fertility issues taboo!
In reality, 1 in 8 coupes have trouble getting pregnant. And Assisted Reproductive Technology is becoming more and more common, and unfortunately many couples, especially women, are feeling that it is their only hope.
They feel shame, because their body has failed them. They feel alone because no one knows that they have been trying for years unsuccessfully, or they have struggled with miscarriages.
I want to discuss another avenue that is available. But, if you don’t mind, I’d like to share a little more of my own personal story.
When I was about 20 years old, I was told by my primary care physician that it was highly unlikely that I’d be able to have children. It was absolutely devastating to me, as it was my dream to conceive, carry and birth a child and become a mom. Even before I knew I wanted to be a Chiropractor, I knew I wanted to be a mom. More than anything else.
That is why I have spent years learning, researching, and troubleshooting the physiology behind conception and fertility, not just to help my patients, but to also help myself. During those years, I discovered I had PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) which was disturbing my hormones necessary for proper reproductive function.
I spent about 2 years following that discovery, and after I married Dr. Bryce, healing my body from the PCOS, optimizing my reproductive health and function, and learning everything I can to pass that information to my patients. After those 2 years of healing, Dr. Bryce and I decided to grow our family. And because my body was in the best reproductive health possible, we had conceived our first child 2 months later and are now 6 months pregnant!
You see, there are a variety of different types of fertility issues. There’s male and female infertility, structural fertility challenges like morphology issues in sperm, Fallopian tube blockage or endometriosis, and there’s hormonal fertility challenges, like PCOS. There are even multiple types of PCOS.
There’s the classic PCOS with insulin resistance. This is probably by far the most commonly referred to, and includes weight gain, hormonal imbalance, and abnormal hair growth among others.
There’s inflammatory PCOS, which is not as easily recognized, due to the lesser severity of weight gain and hair growth, which is caused by chronic global inflammation in the body impacting hormone production.
There’s Post-Pill PCOS, which can be caused by hormonal contraceptive use and the imbalance of hormones that follows.
And lastly there is Adrenal PCOS when chronic stress levels are the cause of the imbalance.
During preconception care, we focus on getting to the root cause of these issues. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, or another cause of fertility issues, we troubleshoot ways of healing the body from the inside out, without drugs or surgical interventions. We find the source of what is causing your fertility struggles and focus on improving your health. When you are healthy in every aspect, including reproductive health, then fertility should come naturally, without obstacles or hardship.
Chiropractic care is a crucial part of our preconception program. Chiropractic care has the ability to improve the stress response, which is key in improving your overall health! When your nervous system perceives a threat, you respond with a Sympathetic response, or Fight/flight. In the simplest sense, your HR increases, blood and nutrients are diverted from central organs to the large muscles of the legs and arms, and your pupils dilate. All of these adaptations in this response are designed to help you fight or flee a threat, the saber tooth tiger that has walked into your cave.
Now, we don’t have caves or sabertooth tigers, but we still have stressful stimuli that are perceived as threats. Car accidents, stressful phone calls, technology overload, poor quality food, toxins, poor posture from working from home, etc. All of these are perceived as a threat to your well being and safety and trigger that fight or flight response. When that response is triggered, it begins to hard wire itself to become the default response to all stimuli, which can lead to further health deterioration and issues like anxiety.
The problem with this fight or flight response when it comes to anxiety is when the blood and nutrients, and essentially the nervous system’s attention and healing, is diverted from the reproductive organs, to more important systems necessary for immediate survival. Correcting this stress response, and re-wiring for default responses is how chiropractic care can make a huge impact on fertility.