I Can’t Get Pregnant: Infertility 

 July 13, 2010

By  Dr. John Vilkelis


This is a difficult and heart wrenching problem.  This seems to be a growing problem, especially as couples wait until they are older to have children.  Think about it, how many times do you hear about someone getting pregnant without some kind of help.  It’s almost as if it’s the norm to require some kind of intervention to get pregnant.

The fertility clinics are a booming business.  It cost upwards of $15,000 a try for in vitro fertilization (IVF).  I’ve heard of people trying 3 and 4 times, that’s $60,000!  Aside from the fertility clinics there are acupuncturists that claim success, herbalists, homeopaths, yoga instructors, massage therapists and of course chiropractors that all claim to help you get pregnant.

I would tell you that there is some hope of help with acupuncture and chiropractic.  There is some evidence for both and there are many case studies that report success.  I have not seen many published articles involving more than one case for acupuncture though.

Chiropractic however has a few papers published that are a step above case studies and do show a very positive effect on infertility.  At chiro.org many of the chiropractic papers available are listed with links to the abstracts at least.  There is one post that I held on my website for many years about a fairly good study by Dr. Madeline Behrendt.  She had a story aired about her by Cindy Hsu on CBS TV entitled “Fighting Infertility at the Chiropractor.” That story can’t be found on the CBS website anymore but can be found at chiro.org.  Dr. Behrendt’s study examined the infertility problems of 15 women who had tried various infertility therapies without success.  After chiropractic treatment with Dr. Behrendt, 14 out of 15 women were able to get pregnant.

I have seen similar results in my own practice and there is nothing more satisfying than helping someone that is losing hope, have the miracle of a child.  I have also seen patients that were able to get pregnant but could not carry their pregnancy to term.  I can tell you that having miscarriage after miscarriage is depressing to say the least.  In one particular case in which the patient had six miscarriages she sought out chiropractic care.  After chiropractic care to remove a subluxation of her pelvis and lumbar spine the patient was able to carry her child to full term and have a healthy baby.  Fantastic!

The problem is not always a problem that needs to be solved for the woman in the relationship.  Sometimes the man is having some dysfunction (whether a low sperm count or a physical manifestation in function) that is stopping the pregnancy from occurring.  I have seen this and had some success helping couples on this side of the fence as well.

In the end chiropractic is a lot less expensive than in vitro fertilization and much less invasive.  If you are having trouble conceiving I recommend this line of action.  You and your partner need to be tested to be sure there is no physical limitation that is causing the infertility.  Next, if there is no physical limitation then I would suggest you and your partner both be evaluated by a chiropractor with some post graduate training in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care to be sure you are clear of subluxations and see if that works for you before spending your life savings to try an conceive a child.  Good luck!

Please let me know what you think of this article.  I would love to share in your experiences.

Dr. John Vilkelis

Dr. Vilkelis has been in private practice for over 27 years. He has a reputation for truly caring for his patients and goes the extra mile to make sure people get the help they need. He accepts patients of all ages and is eager to help you get well and stay healthy. Give him a call today at (914) 618-4330.

Dr. John G. Vilkelis

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