Overcome Unexplained Infertility Naturally
The diagnosis of unexplained infertility is often due to adhesions – small yet powerful internal scars that do not appear in medical diagnostic tests. Clear Passage is a world leader, with over two decades of experience treating adhesions and unexplained female infertility, as a complement to regular gynecologic care. Studies in peer-reviewed U.S. and international medical journals found that our manual physio/physical 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.
Unexplained infertility (UI), also called “idiopathic infertility,” is one of the most frequent diagnoses in reproductive medicine. (Gleicher & Barad, 2006)
There is always a cause for infertility, so when a diagnosis shows “no visible cause,” we turn to common “invisible” causes – those that often do not appear in x-rays, ultrasounds, MRI or CT scans. Perhaps the most common of these invisible causes is adhesions.
The delicate female reproductive organs can lose function due to adhesive bonds that form naturally in the pelvis. At Clear Passage, we find adhesions to be a major problem in most of our patients diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Adhesions can cause infertility or pain as they constrict the reproductive organs in adhesive “straight-jackets,” decreasing the chance for implantation or causing a miscarriage.
Adhesions that are located near the reproductive tract can impact fertility in numerous ways. Examples include:
- Adhesions on uterine walls and ligaments can cause uterine spasm or inflammation, preventing implantation or causing miscarriage;
- Adhesions within the tissues of cervix can cause the cervix to close (stenosis), stiffen (fibrosis), or spasm, thus impeding the passage of sperm into the uterus;
- Adhesions on the surface of the ovaries can prevent an egg from being released;
- Adhesions in or near the fallopian tube can restrict or prevent sperm and egg from meeting, preventing conception.
Because adhesions do not appear on most diagnostic tests, we encourage women with unexplained infertility to examine their personal and medical history for past healing events that may have caused pelvic adhesions. These include:
- Surgery (any surgery to the pelvis, abdomen, hip or back, etc.)
- Infection (e.g. vaginal, bladder, yeast, etc.)
- Inflammation (e.g., endometriosis, chlamydia, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), etc.)
- Trauma (fall onto tailbone, back or hip, physical or sexual abuse, car accident, etc.)
After reviewing your history of healing events, we conduct a thorough evaluation of your entire body. We palpate for areas of tension or restricted mobility, with particular attention to areas of prior surgery, trauma, infection or inflammation. We create your goals together, working as a team. We educate you, and invite you to become to a valued member of your treatment team. Then we begin therapy, using our hands to find, reduce and eliminate the adhesions, bond by bond.
We know pelvic adhesions well. We faced this situation 20 years ago when the physical therapist director of Clear Passage, Belinda Wurn, developed severe adhesions after surgery and radiation therapy to her pelvis. Unable to work due to the pain, and having seen the devastating and debilitating effects of post-surgical adhesions in her own patients, she was determined to find a way to reduce or eliminate adhesions, without surgery.
With her husband, massage therapist Larry Wurn, Belinda took a 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 appeared to dissipate or dissolve with certain techniques the Wurns were using. With this knowledge, they developed the Wurn Technique® to detach the bonds that create adhesions.
Before the Wurn Technique®, lysis of adhesions was the only documented choice medical science offered for treating adhesions. This involves cutting or burning the adhesions under general anesthesia via laparoscopy or laparotomy (open surgery).While lysis of adhesions can be effective, the surgery has some drawbacks:
- It carries risks associated with anesthesia or infection;
- Because adhesions can prevent the ability to see underlying structures, surgeons can mistakenly cut or burn unintended organs or other structures;
- The body tends to create more adhesions as it heals from the very surgery designed to remove them.
Post-surgical adhesions were the focus of a large, ten-year study. Lancet, a leading medical journal, reported that 35% of all open abdominal or pelvic surgery patients were readmitted to the hospital more than twice to treat post-surgical adhesions, during the 10 years after their original surgery. (Ellis et al., 1999) Many follow-up surgeries (22%) occurred in the first year after surgery, and “readmissions continued steadily throughout the 10-year period” of the study.
A large study published in Digestive Surgery showed that more than 90% of patients develop adhesions following open abdominal surgery and 55% to 100% of women develop adhesions following pelvic surgery. (Liakakos et al., 2001) Small-bowel obstruction, infertility, chronic abdominal and pelvic pain, and difficult reoperative surgery are the most common consequences of peritoneal adhesions. Despite elaborate efforts to develop effective strategies to reduce or prevent adhesions, their formation remains a frequent occurrence after abdominal surgery. (Liakakos et al., 2001) Thus, many patients become trapped in a cycle of surgery-adhesions-surgery – with no end in sight.