Fertility and Chiropractic Care?

Fertility and Chiropractic CareMany women who experience uterine fibroids, endometriosis, painful periods, or infertility aren’t aware that their problem may be linked to an imbalance within their nervous system and that chiropractic care can improve symptoms.

At first glance it might not be easy to see the connection between the spine and the female system. A woman does not necessarily have to have the above problems to be considered infertile by her doctor. She may not have any symptoms at all, other than the fact that she cannot get pregnant. That said, even if she is not diagnosed with the above problems, many women who are helped by chiropractic care tend to have some signs, like irregular or painful periods, or other symptoms of hormones that are out of balance.

There may be more than one good theory about how chiropractic care can help women experiencing endometriosis, painful periods, infertility, or other issues. Here are two that are most well-known in chiropractic:

1. Pressure on nerves in the lower spine (near the low back and inside the hips) affects the tone (tension) in the muscles of the pelvis. The automatic part of the nervous system (the autonomic system), which controls muscles inside the fallopian tubes, stop working properly. (The fallopian tubes “catch” the eggs that leave the ovaries, and push them down to the uterus).

Because of nerve pressure, rather than flexing and contracting to pull the woman’s egg down the tube and into the uterus, the soft muscles of the fallopian tubes do relatively little contraction. The egg never gets pulled into the tube, or it just tends to sit in the tube, reducing its chance to come into contact with the sperm and develop in the uterus.

Chiropractic techniques, including upper cervical chiropractic, which unlock the lower spine can remove this nerve pressure allowing the muscles of the fallopian tubes to flex and contract.

This theory also explains why some women with endometriosis have good outcomes after chiropractic care. If the lack of muscle motion in the fallopian tubes allows uterus tissue to flow back into the body, then correcting the pressure causing this back-flow may impact endometriosis and fertility together.

2. Chiropractic care, especially at the top the neck, changes blood flow in and around the mid and lower parts of the brain. Blood flow increases around an area of the brain called the hypothalamus, which delivers hormones into the blood stream. Either hormone levels increase, or they become coordinated enough to encourage a healthy ovulation on a more regular basis.

These two theories may explain why women experiencing infertility can become pregnant after chiropractic care.

If you or someone you love is struggling with any of the female reproductive issues discussed above, please call Arc of Life Family Spinal Care to learn how upper cervical chiropractic care can help.


Drs. Drew and Kanema Clark
26731 Dublin Woods Circle Ste 2
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

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