Mechanical Infertility Systematic Study: a Randomized Multicenter Pilot Study of Manual Therapy Interventions for Females with Somatic Pelvic Dysfunction and Infertility
Infertility is defined by the CDC as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse. Current treatments consist of hormone therapy, intra-uterine insemination and in-vitro insemination. These options are expensive, not necessarily covered by insurance, and carry different levels of short-term and long-term health risks such as multiple births and an increased rate of ovarian cancer. Many of the issues that contribute to infertility can be traced to scar tissue and lymphatic congestion in the pelvic region. These issues could make it difficult to either conceive or continue a pregnancy. Just as each joint in the body has its range of motion, so do each of the organs. The uterus must respond to changes in position, the bladder filling, and food moving through the intestines. It is supported by ligaments and tension in those ligaments can alter the position and range of motion of the uterus. Manual therapy techniques exist to release scars, to mobilize tight ligaments, and to drain congested lymphatics, all of which can be done to the reproductive system.
A case series report was published in 2012 which employed these techniques to treat infertility. After receiving an average of 3.5 visits, 6 out of 10 of the women treated were able to conceive within 3 months after finishing treatments. All 6 of the women gave birth to healthy babies.
This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, IL, an affiliate of Rush University Medical Center.
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