Treating Secondary Infertility Naturally
Over three million people in the United States are affected by secondary infertility. (Chandra et al., 2013) This diagnosis occurs when a couple cannot conceive or carry a child to full-term after the birth of a biological child. The National Center for Infertility reports that secondary infertility is more common than primary infertility, but couples who experience secondary infertility are less likely to seek medical assistance because they were able to become pregnant the first time.
Virtually all people develop adhesions (strong internal scars) as they age. However, adhesions that form in the reproductive tract often cannot be detected by non-invasive tests such as x-ray, MRI, CT or ultrasound.Typically, unless a woman undergoes a surgery, which can create more adhesions, her clinician must deduce their presence through a thorough review of the woman’s medical history. Thus, when a woman comes to us with secondary infertility, we first ask if she had a C-section, episiotomy, or other surgery or healing event in her pelvis. Any of these can cause adhesion formation which can interfere with future fertility. Click here to watch an Internet video of a C-section surgery (graphic).
Whenever the reproductive tract is traumatized, collagen rushes in to help the area heal. As the collagen builds, it forms adhesions, internal scars that remain long after the body heals on the outside. Adhesions can cause nearby structures to become bound together, decreasing function, with or without pain.Adhesions and scar tissue in the uterus may prevent proper embryo implantation. When scar tissue pulls on the uterus, it may cause spasm and miscarriage. Scar tissue around the ovaries can deter proper hormonal function or prevent the release of an egg. Scar tissue near the fallopian tubes may cause the tubes to become kinked or blocked. Adhesions may cause tightness within the vagina, or cervical stiffness (stenosis), thus restricting the passage of the sperm into the uterus and tubes.
When treating women with secondary infertility, we ask if they experienced any of these events (which can cause adhesion formation) since the birth of their child:
- Car accident
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Use of an intra-uterine device
- Infection (vaginal, bladder, etc.)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
A woman must also consider how much she has aged since her last pregnancy. If she is over 35, we consider her hormonal function. We want to be certain that the pituitary-hypothalamus feedback loop is not restricted.
We began treating pelvic adhesions 20 years ago when Clear Passage director, Belinda Wurn, developed severe pelvic adhesions after surgery and radiation therapy. Unable to work due to the pain and having seen the devastating and debilitating effects of adhesions in her own patients, she was determined to find a non-surgical way to address adhesions.
With her husband, massage therapist Larry Wurn, Belinda took a much deeper look at the etiology and biomechanics of adhesion formation. They found that the chemical bonds that attached each of the tiny collagen fibers to its neighbor tended to dissipate or dissolve when the Wurns used a combination of techniques they learned and developed over the years. With this knowledge, they created the Wurn Technique® to dissolve the adhesive bonds that cause unexplained infertility.