Regaining

& Maintaining Your Health

An alternative healing handbook to Enhance your knowledge of physical conditions which respond well to simple, available and proven treatments that are accessible to everyone.

Infertility / Sterility

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, infertility affects about 6.1 million people in the U.S., equivalent to ten percent of the reproductive-age, population. Other estimates are that 1 couple in 7 have the difficulty. The breakdown from male to female runs about an equal 30% for each. But in the end, it is the female partner who does not get pregnant, and the most aggressive treatment is directed toward the prospective mother. There are countless suggested reasons for a woman not getting pregnant (assuming her partner has been declared fertile) and treatment options are often directed toward a concerned mother-to-be. Such options are fraught with potential side effects not to mention that standard medical care for this condition involves significant expense. There may very well be a better way, with less potential for harm to the mother.

If you have been unable to become pregnant and medical examinations have not found major causes for your difficulty, you may be well advised to try alternative methods such as described in this chapter. Frequent medical procedures designed to circumvent impaired natural means of becoming pregnant often result in multiple births. Having more than 1 or 2 children at a single birth may result in congenital birth defects for one or more of your children. Accordingly, you should first try alternative and non-harmful methods. If the male partner has been judged infertile, he should seek care as suggested under the Prostate Disease chapter. He may apparently have a normal, healthy prostate gland, but the treatments recommended for an abnormal prostate gland parallel those for infertility. If you as the prospective mother cannot get pregnant, most authorities recommend that you adopt a healthy lifestyle, including eliminating medications that you can do without, following the dietary recommendations listed in this chapter, stopping smoking, alcohol consumption, etc. A fast food diet is NOT a healthy lifestyle. Exercise for the lower back is beneficial. If you are considering in vitro fertilization (fertilization outside of your uterus, and re-implantation of the fertilized egg), you should consider these concerns: According to the New England Journal of Medicine Volume 346:725-730 March 7, 2002, 9% of babies born as a result, have a major birth defect diagnosed within the first year. It is disconcerting to realize so many women attempt this maneuver, when so many could be restored to normal function with alternative treatment methods. An article in the New York Times (February 18, 2008, NY Times, Laurie Tarkan) reports that multiple infant pregnancies commonly also occur with in vitro fertilization, twins being born 70% more often than is the norm, and triplets increasing greater than 70%. These multiple births are usually much more susceptible to birth defects as well as premature delivery. Dr. Risley believes there is a better way. Simple spinal adjustments from a chiropractic physician commonly resolve problems with female menstrual cycles and additionally tend to solve infertility problems. Accordingly, that is the first suggested treatment to solve your dilemma.

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