Research: Infertility, Pregnancy and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
This article was published in 2012. The selective review of the literature covers 15 peer reviewed articles regarding infertility and chiropractic. Many different chiropractic techniques are covered in these articles.
In this specific case report, a 29 year old woman was diagnosed by her medical doctor with PCOS after 6 months of being unable to conceive. She had no other pain or symptomatic complaints.
The exam included static EMG, paraspinal rolling thermography and heart rate variability, along with physical exams that reveled subluxations in the neck, mid-back, low back and pelvis. The patient was adjusted using diversified technique. After 2 months of care the patient was told by their medical doctor that they were pregnant. According to the doctors estimations, conception likely occurred between visits 2 and 5. At the time of writing the paper, the patient has a 10 month old daughter via an all-natural(no interventions or medications) labor and delivery.
Dr Johanna’s Comments: Generally infertility is defined as being unable to conceive after 1 year of trying, so while this patient was unable to get pregnant after 6 months, it is not stated if they were considered to be infertile. PCOS affects approximately 6.6% of reproductive age women and can cause irregular periods which would increase the difficulty of conceiving. The CDC recommends that those with irregular cycles who have not conceived after 6 months to consult with an infertility specialist.
I previously summarized an article about a women with a 20 year history of no menstrual cycle starting to have a regular cycle under chiropractic care. What is not in the literature but I’ve heard anecdotes about in offices is when the husband is infertile or has low fertility and conceives with his wife while under chiropractic care. Infertility is a challenging problem and the treatment is often invasive and expensive. While 15 case reports is not nearly enough to create a recommendation of care, consulting with a chiropractor to see if you have any structural shifts that could be compromising your nervous system and function may be of benefit.
Each week I’m going to share a new research journal article regarding chiropractic. Many of these are case studies with benefits most people would not typically associate with chiropractic. If you want to read the full text, feel free to swing by the office.
Information provided is for education and information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe. Consult a chiropractor or other healthcare provider regarding any opinion or recommendation with respect to your condition or symptoms. Case studies are not designed to recommend a treatment for a condition but to state what has happened with a patient while under chiropractic care.