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Can Pelvic Physical Therapy Help with Infertility?

Can Pelvic PT Help With Fertility Blog

The fertility journey for some people can be a long and difficult one. If you feel like you’ve tried everything along your fertility journey, it might be time to focus on a new topic: How Pelvic Physical Therapy can benefit your conception journey.

Approximately 10% of women in the United States aged 15-44 years have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, which is considered infertility. This equates to approximately 6.1 million women. It is important to note that infertility is a complex issue that can be caused by a variety of factors and many couples are able to conceive with medical intervention or assistance.

What are some common causes of female infertility?

  1. Failure to Ovulate
  2. Structural or mechanical problems of the reproductive system
  3. Implantation Failure
  4. Endometriosis
  5. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  6. Uterine Fibroids
  7. Autoimmune Disorders
  8. Issues in the Menstrual Cycle

Fertility is complicated, and the causes of infertility are varied. Most of the time, underlying risk factors are at play. Sometimes, infertility remains unexplained even after a full work-up of tests, which can make it incredibly frustrating to know how to proceed

Pelvic Physical Therapy and Fertility

There’s a growing body of research that links specific pelvic floor physical therapy techniques to improved fertility. 

One groundbreaking 2015 study–a 10-year look at manual physical therapy for female infertility–found that manipulation and movement of tissue to increase mobility and blood flow improved pregnancy rates. The improved pregnancy rates even happened for people with conditions like PCOS and endometriosis. The study also found that manual physical therapy also supported people going through the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) process. Pelvic floor physical therapists are trained in these specific techniques and methodologies. They can also help you manage your infertility in other holistic ways.

Ways Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy can help with Fertility:

  1. Improving blood flow: Physical therapy can help increase blood flow to the pelvic region, which can help improve the chances of successful conception.
  2. Tissue mobility: The tissues around your uterus, tubes, and ovaries need movement! Many times, we have restrictions from connective tissue or scarring that can block tubes and restrict the movement our organs need. A PT can help mobilize this tissue and teach you how to work on this at home.
  3. Improving muscle function: Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction can be a contributing factor to infertility. Physical therapy can help improve the strength, flexibility, and coordination of these muscles, which can increase the chances of successful conception.
  4. Reducing pain and discomfort: Infertility can be a physically and emotionally challenging time. Physical therapy can help alleviate any pain or discomfort in the pelvic region that may be hindering conception.
  5.  Stress management: Stress affects hormones and hormones affect fertility along with other body systems. A trained PT can teach you techniques to combat this stress hormone release by using breathing techniques, mindfulness, and stretching.

It is important to note that pelvic floor PT is a great adjunct to conventional medical treatment for infertility. If you’re struggling with infertility, it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation and treatment plan.

If you are looking for a pelvic floor physical therapist who has experience working with patients who have fertility concerns, give us a call at 636-225-3649. We would be honored to be part of your fertility team.

Reference:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25691329/