Unexplained Infertility

We Treat 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 three 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. 

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Causes and Frequency of Unexplained Infertility

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 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. Adhesions are comprised of strong but small (sometimes microscopic) bands of collagen fibers. After a surgery, injury or inflammation such as endometriosis, adhesions form to start the healing process. Where they form, they create tiny but powerful bonds that can attach like glue to delicate pelvic and reproductive structures. 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 “straitjackets,” 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.

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.)
At a microscopic level, tiny but powerful cross-links form to create adhesions that can cause infertility as they constrict the reproductive organs in adhesive “straitjackets,” decreasing the chance for implantation or causing a miscarriage. When we dissolve or detach the underlying chemical bonds, adhesions appear to pull apart, like clearing the run in a sweater.

Symptoms of Unexplained Infertility

Some symptoms that accompany unexplained infertility include: 

  • Negative finding for male factor infertility
  • Inability to determine hormonal cause of infertility
  • Inability to diagnose mechanical failure of the reproductive tract
  • Failure to conceive after 12 months of sexual activity without contraception

Treatments for Unexplained Infertility

Clear Passage®️ Treatment

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 educate you, and invite you to become a valued member of your treatment team. Then we begin therapy, using our hands to find, reduce and eliminate the adhesions, bond by bond to return your organs to a previous mobility, increase functionality, and improve fertility. With over three decades of published results on the effectiveness of manually treating infertility by addressing adhesions, Clear Passage®️ Physical Therapy is seen as a ‘gold-standard’ for natural infertility treatment. 

Because adhesions do not appear on diagnostic tests, they are frequent causes of unexplained infertility. We encourage you to examine your medical history for past healing events (surgery, injury, infection). These cause the adhesions that often result in infertility.

No medical techniques have 100% success rate. If we are unable to open your tubes, your chances for a successful IVF performed within 15 months after therapy increase by roughly 50%, per published studies. View our success rates.

Other Treatment Options (Surgery, Drugs)

Before the Clear Passage® Approach, 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.
Laparoscopy allows physicians to see the condition of the reproductive organs but the surgery itself can cause adhesions to form.

Click here to watch an Internet video in which the physician removes adhesions in a woman who has had several prior surgeries (graphic).

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” the study noted.

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 abdominal and pelvic 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. Clear Passage®️ ends this repeating cycle for most patients. 

Published Research – Clear Passage®️

To view published results on the Clear Passage®️ Approach in treating infertility, please view our Infertility Success Rates Page. 

Testimonials

To read patient success stories, please visit our Infertility Testimonial page

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