Overview of Treatment and Success RatesClear Passage is a world leader with over two decades of experience treating female infertility without surgery or drugs. Results of our work are published in mainstream medical journals. A landmark 10-year study of nearly 1,400 women showed that our ‘hands-on’ physical therapy equaled or surpassed standard medical treatments (surgery and pharmaceuticals) in the most common causes of female infertility, with high success rates treating infertility due to:
- Blocked fallopian tubes (double the surgical rate)
- Endometriosis (double the surgical rate)
- PCOS (up to four times the rates for surgery and pharmaceuticals)
- High FSH (nothing in medicine lowers FSH, so no comparison exists)
Our work also increased pregnancies when used before IVF, with:
- Twice the national average for IVF pregnancies in women under age 41 or less, and
- Five to eight times the national average for IVF pregnancies in women 41 or older.
To learn more about our specific success rates, click the conditions that apply to you in the green bar at the top of this page, or in that section of our website. If you think you might be interested in therapy, simply complete the online Request Consultation form. We will provide you with a free phone consultation with an expert therapist who can help determine if our natural treatment may help you.
Causes of Female Infertility Conditions We Treat
There are two main causes of female infertility:
- Hormonal causes (e.g. high FSH, PCOS, ovulation problems), and
- Mechanical causes (e.g. scarring, adhesions, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis).
Many women have a combination of the two, while for some, no cause is found, leaving them with a diagnosis of “unexplained infertility.”
Scientific studies in peer-reviewed medical journals note a variety of fertility treatments, including:
- Natural therapies, and
- Medical techniques (pharmaceuticals, surgery, and assisted techniques such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
All of these techniques have shown varying levels of success. Most of the treatments can be used independently, or in combination with others to help infertile couples conceive. In some cases, natural and medical techniques are used simultaneously
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Natural fertility treatments involve neither surgery nor drugs, but the low risk associated with natural approaches is sometimes offset by the fact that most natural methods have not been investigated scientifically or validated in published, peer-reviewed studies.
There is no substitute for rigorous scientific statistical evaluation of treatments published following peer review. Although supported by anecdotal stories of success (e.g., “My friend thinks that helped her”), many natural approaches have not passed the scrutiny of medical and scientific peer review. The Clear Passage Approach has been studied, with published results showing increased natural and IVF pregnancy rates spanning more than a decade.
Developed over 25 years by Clear Passage clinicians, our unique manual physio/physical therapy treatment was shown to improve both natural and IVF success rates in scientific studies published in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2015. Consult our Published Studies page to view each of these documents.
Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) have a long history of success. Considered the “gold standard” of medical infertility treatments, IVF is often used to treat severe cases of male and female infertility. The first child ever born through fertilization which occurred outside the body took place in 1978. Great advances in infertility treatments have been made since, and the success rates for procedures such as IVF continue to grow steadily. Recent data from The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show a 37% national success rate for IVF, using the birth mother’s own fresh eggs. (CDC et al., 2012) In a recent study, the Clear Passage Approach increased IVF pregnancy rates by 50%, when therapy was performed before embryo transfer. (Rice et al., 2015) You may read more at our Pre-IVF page.
ART techniques (including IUI, IVF, GIFT, ZIFT and ICSI) are performed by gynecologists, often with additional specialty degrees in reproductive endocrinology. These techniques have been extensively studied, measured and refined. While these fertility treatments carry the risks normally associated with surgery and pharmaceuticals, their validity and methods are regularly published in medical journals. Each year, success rates for every participating U.S. fertility clinic are published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), making the expected results easier for consumers to understand, based on age, diagnosis, clinic and procedure performed. Our published success rates are available here.
Most surgical infertility treatments such as IVF are performed by taking sperm and eggs from the couple wishing to become parents, uniting them in a sterile laboratory and transferring the fertilized egg back into the woman’s uterus or fallopian tube. In some cases, reproductive endocrinologists suggest that patients use sperm or eggs from other people or find a surrogate mother who will carry and bear their child.
Women who have internal scarring (adhesions) or blocked fallopian tubes may face the choice of Clear Passage or surgery. We suggest you visit our Blocked Fallopian Tubes page if this is your diagnosis. Click here to watch an Internet video of surgery to remove adhesions at the female reproductive tract (graphic).
Whichever route you choose in your journey to conceive, we pledge to do our best to inform you clearly and accurately about your choices, and to help you achieve your goals. We invite you to explore our website further to learn about the natural treatments we provide for various diagnoses of female infertility and related conditions (pain, sexual dysfunction, etc.), and the results you can expect using them alone or in combination with medical techniques.
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By Dr. Richard King, Medical Doctor, Senior Research Advisor, Clear Passage Physical Therapy - Gainesville, Florida Area