When infertility blocks your journey to parenthood, you might become weary, overwhelmed, anxious, angry or ﬁlled with grief.
Infertility is a stressful and frustrating life experience. But there are options to explore that might help with underlying causes of infertility.
Visceral manipulation and infertility: Visceral manipulation is a complementary or alternative manual therapy that assesses and releases the structural relationships between the organs and their fascial or ligamentous attachments throughout the body. In the pelvis with consideration to infertility, the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries are assessed for restrictions that might be interfering with the egg and sperm meeting, or the fertilized egg implanting into the uterus. Restrictions can be found when there is any history of surgery, history of digestive issues, prior history of pelvic disorders, malpositioned uterus, previous ectopic pregnancy, or history of internal hemorrhoids. Addressing tensions around the uterus and assessing uterus position also has been helpful in cases of repeated miscarriages.
Essential oils and infertility: If there are struggles with conception due to infertility because of stress, lifestyle or imbalances in hormones, many of these reasons can be addressed with essential oils. The chemistry of various essential oils can assist in supporting healthy levels of estrogen, progesterone, reduce stress, improve mood and support cellular health.
Essential oils that are certiﬁed pure and of therapeutic grade and manufactured with the intention of use for safe external applications should be used. A massage using speciﬁc essential oils placed across the spine and feet helps to move Qi or energies, support the body as described and bring deeper relief to emotions surrounding infertility.
Acupuncture and infertility: Acupuncture can help to regulate the menstrual cycle and ovulation. It provides increased and improved blood ﬂow and circulation to the pelvic organs and helps to relax the cervix. Normal periods are achievable with treatments and lifestyle changes for conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS, fertility and dysmenorrhea, to name a few. Acupuncture relieves overall stress and anxiety that can be a big component when talking pelvic health and fertility. When stress is high the nervous system is operating on overdrive and can lead to hormone imbalances and adrenal fatigue. The therapeutic effects of acupuncture help people to feel more grounded and centered. It also helps to balance and calm the nervous system so our bodies and minds work with us, not against us. Acupuncture is not only for women’s fertile health but also can help to improve sperm count, quality and motility in men.
These treatments and products are available at Statera Integrated Health and Wellness Solutions in Dubuque. Leslie Kremer offers visceral manipulation. Julie Haufe offers massage and essential oil treatments. Ashley Oberbroeckling offers acupuncture.