Improve FSH, Fertility and Hormone Levels Naturally
Clear Passage is a world leader, with over two decades of experience treating female infertility without surgery or drugs. A peer-reviewed study (Rice et al., 2015a) of 1,392 women conducted over ten years showed hormonal or reproductive improvement in 49% of women diagnosed infertile due to high FSH (follicle stimulating hormone.)
In study participants, 39% (48/122) of the women diagnosed subfertile or infertile due to high FSH became pregnant after receiving the therapy. This is an excellent rate considering women with high FSH are so challenging to treat they are often refused IVF by reproductive physicians. We know of no other procedure in medicine that has been shown to improve FSH levels and fertility in women with high FSH.
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High FSH is not a cause of infertility. Rather, it is an indicator of subfertility or infertility – often associated with advanced reproductive age. At each menstrual cycle, the ovary (in the pelvis) signals the pituitary (in the cranium) to release follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) to help follicles mature into eggs suitable for implantation. As a woman’s reproductive system ages, her ovaries require more FSH to produce quality eggs. FSH levels of 10 mIU/ml or higher on days 2-5 of the menstrual cycle generally indicate subfertility or infertility, either due to loss of ovarian function, or because menopause has occurred. Read more about FSH at NIH.gov.A landmark study of 1,392 infertile women treated at Clear Passage clinics over 10 years examined the therapy’s results in various causes of female infertility. In a subset of 122 women who presented with FSH above the 10 mIU/ml threshold for fertility, 39% (48/122) became pregnant. 43 of the 48 successes were natural, and 5 were by follow-up IVF. (Consult our Pre-IVF page for more details if you plan to undergo IVF.) Many physicians consider our success in these women remarkable; simply put, they should not have been able to conceive. In fact, few options in medicine exist to help women with high FSH to have their own child.
When we first began treating infertile women with our manual therapy, the Wurn Technique®, we learned that we could often help the mechanics of sperm meeting egg by decreasing or eliminating ‘mechanical’ problems such as adhesions, blocked fallopian tubes, tightness or stenosis at the cervix, and endometriosis. Because we had no data at the time showing we could treat hormonal conditions like high FSH, or PCOS, we regularly turned down applicants diagnosed with solely hormonal factors.
We discovered our therapy could successfully treat hormonal conditions after a woman we treated for pelvic pain who was diagnosed “menopausal” became pregnant the month after therapy. She had been refused IVF the three months prior to coming to us, due to FSH levels of 18, 19 and 28 during those months. Yet, she became pregnant naturally a month after therapy, had that child, then became pregnant naturally again two years later – and delivered her second child.
First Clinical Trial
After consulting with our gynecologist advisor and a biostatistician, we agreed to accept women with high FSH into our program with the request that they have their FSH levels measured before, and after therapy. The biostatistician required a minimum of 8 participants; we tested more: 16 women diagnosed infertile with FSH readings over 10 mIU/ml. The women in this trial averaged 39 years’ of age.
The trial indicated that our therapy was effective for women diagnosed with high FSH, when six of the 16 (38%) became pregnant before they could get their post-therapy FSH checked. Of the remaining ten, nine had decreases in FSH levels, with an average improvement of 11.6 points. In one woman, FSH increased by one point.
Latest Published Study
In a much larger study (Rice et al., 2015a), 39% (48/122) of patients with high FSH levels became pregnant after treatment. Of these, 43 had natural pregnancies, and 5 were by IVF. It is interesting to see how closely these results parallel the 38% success rate of the Clinical Trial, and exciting to see these results in a population of women who were considered hormonally infertile prior to therapy. It appears to be very good news for women approaching menopause – and who want to conceive.
As physical therapists, our job is to look at biomechanics – the physical bodies our patients bring to us. Clear Passage uses a “whole body approach” that addresses a patient’s goals, structural problems in the body and in neighboring structures. We initially thought that we could not change hormone levels because we assumed that the communication loop between ovary and pituitary was blood-born and, thus, out of our scope of expertise. Once again, our patients and medical advisors helped us find a new path to success.
We continue to see success in this area, as described above and documented in peer-reviewed medical literature. We believe this success is due to our work at the major attachments of the ovaries and dural tissues that surround the pituitary gland. The dura is a fascial sweater that surrounds the spinal cord, from the bottom of the tailbone at the coccyx to the base of the skull. From there, it enters the skull, then surrounds the brain and all the tissues within it. Sheaths of the dura totally surround and infuse with the pituitary itself.
We have come to believe that the tissues within the skull (including the pituitary) react to adhesive pulls similarly to other tissues in the body. Housed within a well-protected cavity of the sphenoid bone in the center of the skull, the pituitary is considered the “master gland” of female reproduction.
Successful reproductive activity and hormone levels depend on a medically-recognized communication loop between the ovaries (in the pelvis) and the pituitary and hypothalamus glands (deep within the head). While the exact mechanism of that intricate communication loop remains a mystery, that loop (the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, or PHO) is largely responsible for whether or not a woman can create an egg capable of conception. We find that when we treat the ovaries, then treat the dural attachments that reach into the brain, we often witness significant improvements in FSH levels – and full-term pregnancies in women diagnosed hormonally infertile.
We began treating women with diagnoses of high FSH at the urging of research gynecologist, Former Chief of Staff of N. Florida Regional Medical Center, Richard King, M.D. We gathered data by tracking changes in FSH levels for these women before and after therapy. We were encouraged when we saw natural pregnancies in older women including one of whom came to us at age 44 with an FSH of 33.
Because our results in hormonal conditions have been so positive, we now accept women with hormonal infertility, and we actively encourage women with diagnoses that include PCOS, and high FSH levels to attend therapy – soon in the case of high FSH. We suggest you call to learn about our most current success rates, and to help determine whether this therapy may help you.