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Physical Therapy for Fertility

Fertility Physical Therapy

Yes, you read that correctly!​  The scientific evidence supporting Physical Therapy as a conservative approach to improve fertility and support fertility treatment is growing. Many fertility physicians are even recommending that their patients receive PT before venturing into the more invasive medical options.

How we can work with you and your partner to help:

   + Improve or resolve any existing pain, bowel, or bladder conditions via Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy.

   + Use Manual Therapy Techniques  and/or Therapeutic Ultrasound to address abdominal and pelvic adhesions which have been found to be linked to a common fertility issue known as "mechanical infertility".

   + Use Manual Lymphatic Drainage to improve lymphatic and blood flow throughout the pelvic region and its organs. 

   + Guide you in adopting holistic activity, wellness, and nutrition lifestyle changes to support a healthy cycle.

   + Specific nutrition & wellness guidance for common infertility-related issues such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis.

   + Teach you to track your body's natural cycle and identify potential concerns and how to address them.

   + Screening & referral to other appropriate practitioners as needed.

Doctors of Physical Therapy work with women undergoing medical fertility treatments to improve muscle relaxation and blood flow, decrease hip pain at injection sites, and address any pelvic or abdominal pain or tissue restrictions before and throughout the medical fertility treatment process. PT treatments alongside medical fertility treatments can help improve quality of life and prepare the body for a healthy, active pregnancy!


Studies & Articles

on Physical Therapy for Fertility

"In the present case series’ population, 6 of 10 previously infertile women were able to conceive within 3 months after receiving various manual therapy techniques to the pelvis. This fertility rate of 60% within a 3-month period is the same as that of fertile couples."
Kramp, Mary Ellen. Combined Manual Therapy Techniques for the Treatment of Women With Infertility: A Case Series. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2012, Vol. 112, 680-684.

"The results included a 60.85% rate of clearing occluded fallopian tubes, with a 56.64% rate of pregnancy in those patients. Patients with endometriosis experienced a 42.81% pregnancy rate. The success rate was 49.18% for lowering elevated levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), with a 39.34% pregnancy rate in that group, and 53.57% of the women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) achieved pregnancy. The reported pregnancy rate for patients who underwent IVF after the therapy was 56.16%. The results also suggested that the treatment was effective for patients with premature ovarian failure (POF). Conclusion • The manual physical therapy represented an effective, conservative treatment for women diagnosed as infertile due to mechanical causes, independent of the specific etiology."
Rice AD, Patterson K, Wakefield LB, Reed ED, Breder KP, Wurn BF, King CR, Wurn LJ. "Ten-year Retrospective Study on the Efficacy of a Manual Physical Therapy to Treat Female Infertility." Alternative Therapies. 2015.(21)3;32-40.

"The data trend across these studies suggests that this innovative site-specific protocol of manual soft-tissue therapy facilitates fertility in women with a wide array of adhesion-related infertility and biomechanical reproductive organ dysfunction. The therapy, designed to improve function by restoring visceral, osseous, and soft-tissue mobility, is a nonsurgical, noninvasive manual technique with no risks and few, if any, adverse side effects or complications. As such, it should be considered a new adjunct to existing medical infertility treatments."
Wurn, Belinda F et al. "Treating female infertility and improving IVF pregnancy rates with a manual physical therapy technique." MedGenMed : Medscape general medicine vol. 6,2 51. 18 Jun. 2004

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