Are you really infertile? A February 2012 survey from the Guttmacher Institute found that 19% of women ages 18-29 believed they were very likely to be infertile, when in reality, this is only true of 6% of women in that age group. From a physician’s perspective, infertility is typically diagnosed when a couple attempting to become pregnant is unable to do so after a minimum of one year of trying. While the word “infertility” carries a heavy connotation of permanence, this is not necessarily so, as 90% of all infertility has an identifiable physical cause.
In consultation with your physician, there are many healthy and natural avenues to pursue to fight against an infertility diagnosis. First and foremost, you can work to achieve a healthy body weight. Research conducted at Harvard Medical School indicates 40% of ovulation failures are caused by being over or underweight. They advise that a body fat percentage and body mass index in the 20-25 range are optimal for pregnancy. However, you should go about obtaining this the right way, through healthy eating and moderate exercise. Research shows that women who skip meals and engaging in intense exercise have trouble conceiving, because both of these activities put stress on the body and suppress hormone surges.
Next, consider alternative medicine. Chiropractic adjustments can stabilize your autonomic nervous system, which allows your reproductive organs to function optimally. These adjustments can also impact your pituitary gland, balance hormones, and correct imbalance in the muscles of your pelvic floor. If you are feeling more adventurous, acupuncture treatments are known to improve ovarian function, regulate ovulation and reproduction hormones, and increase blood flow to the endometrium, producing a thick uterine lining. Finally, abdominal massage can help restore your uterus to its proper position, break up scar tissue around the uterus and other abdominal organs, and increase blood flow and lymph drainage in your pelvic area.
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