Published Success Treating PCOS Infertility – Naturally Without Surgery or Drugs
- ovarian drilling (graphic), in which the surgeon drills holes in the ovary;
- ovarian wedging (graphic), in which the doctor removes a wedge of the ovary, like cutting out a slice of pie.
Over the last 20 years, clinical trials showed significant improvement in hormone levels after therapy, while published peer-reviewed medical journal citations noted that our therapy improved fertility for most women. Complete the online Request Consultation form to receive a free phone consultation with an expert therapist and learn more.
As the name “polycystic” suggests, many cysts typically develop in the ovaries of a woman with this condition. These cysts or follicles (fluid filled sacs) contain eggs; but in women with PCOS, the ovary does not produce enough hormones for egg maturation. Unable to escape, the follicles or cysts remain and build up in the ovaries, preventing ovulation. In addition, the ovaries tend to produce excess levels of androgens (male hormones) in women with PCOS, which can also negatively impact ovulation and fertility.
While physicians recognize that a communication loop occurs among the pituitary, hypothalamus and the ovaries, the exact mechanism of that communication remains a mystery. This interplay among glands, called the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, is largely responsible for whether or not a woman’s eggs can reach maturity during the process of reproduction. Due to the very positive results we have documented and published about our patients with PCOS and other hormone-related infertility, we believe there is a strong mechanical mechanism in the body’s hormone systems – at least for female infertility.
As physio/physical therapists, we are required to evaluate the body’s physical mechanisms. We initially thought that we could not affect hormone levels; we assumed that the communication was based on blood chemistry, or neurological in nature, and had nothing to do with the biomechanics of bodily structures.
However, we have come to question that assumption as more and more women we treat with PCOS show positive – sometimes remarkable – hormonal changes. Most have become pregnant naturally after therapy and delivered healthy full-term babies. With the results published in our landmark 10-year infertility study showing success rates up to four times the success rates of medical treatment, we are getting scientific support for these theories. This study showed a 54% pregnancy rate (15/28). (Rice et al., 2015a)We believe our success with women with hormonal disorders is due in large part to our work at the major attachments of the dura. The dura is a fascial sweater that surrounds the spinal cord, from the bottom of the tailbone at the coccyx to attachments at the top of the neck and the base of the skull. From there, it enters the skull through a large opening (the foramen magnum), then spreads out to surround the brain and every structure in the head. Naturally, this includes the sphenoid bone, which houses the pituitary-hypothalamus complex. Strong sheaths of the dura totally surround and infuse with the pituitary gland.
During the course of therapy, we treat the full body as we focus in on dura and all of its attachments, from the tailbone into the head. This sheath surrounds the central nervous system, responsible for a myriad of complex activities and commands. Any adhesive restriction within that system can create profound effects in various areas of the body.
To date, the results of our research treating hormonal conditions in women has been overwhelmingly positive. We now encourage women with some hormonal conditions, including PCOS, endometriosis, amenorrhea (no menstrual cycle) and high FSH levels to apply for treatment. At the same time, we continue our research in these exciting areas.