Infertility Specialist

Axial Spine and Wellness

Chiropractors located in West Loop, Near West Side, Chicago, IL

An infertility diagnosis can be devastating, but Lauren Schneider, DC, a chiropractor and acupuncturist specializing in infertility, understands the physical and emotional struggle this issue causes. At Axial Spine & Wellness in the West Loop area of Chicago, Dr. Schneider offers acupuncture and lifestyle counseling to support you in your desire to become a parent. Dr. Schneider works with reproductive endocrinologists and can provide care to complement any traditional approaches you’re using, including intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization. Learn your options by scheduling a visit with Dr. Schneider online or by phone today.

Infertility Q & A

What causes infertility?

There’s a wide range of causes when it comes to infertility, and in some cases the cause can’t be identified. Some of the most common causes of infertility include:

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Hypothalamic pituitary dysfunction (HPD)
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH)
  • Tubal factor infertility (TFI)
  • Male factor infertility (MFI)
  • Hormonal imbalance

Infertility is diagnosed when you and your partner have been having regular, unprotected sex for one year without conceiving. It can also be diagnosed after six months of regular, unprotected sex in women over age 35.

How is infertility treated?

Treatments for infertility include traditional and alternative, or natural, methods. Traditional methods begin with a variety of tests to check your hormone levels and determine if you’re ovulating or not. Your doctor may also perform a pelvic ultrasound to determine if you have PCOS.

A first course of treatment may involve medications that stimulate ovulation or balance your hormones, including birth control pills and clomiphene. If this option is unsuccessful, your doctor may recommend additional testing, such as a laparoscopic procedure to check from the presence of endometriosis, or a trial of intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Discuss all of your options with your doctor to determine the right choice for you and your partner. Incorporating natural infertility treatments can also increase your chances of conceiving, either when used in conjunction with traditional fertility methods or by themselves.

What are natural infertility treatment methods?

Natural infertility methods include a range of nutritional, lifestyle, and alternative therapies to improve your chances of conceiving. Dr. Schneider offers acupuncture and lifestyle consulting to increase efficiency and support your efforts to become pregnant, whether you’re new to the trying to conceive (TTC) community or a veteran.

Acupuncture can be used to:

  • Regulate hormone levels
  • Reduce stress
  • Decrease feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Improve circulation to your uterus
  • Reduce inflammation associated with conditions like PCOS and endometriosis

While acupuncture can’t fix structural issues related to conception, it can improve hormonal signaling needed for proper ovarian and uterine function.

Dr. Schneider also offers lifestyle counseling that includes dietary supplements, stress management strategies, nutrition, and advice on foods and chemicals to avoid. She can help you track your menstrual cycles to learn the best time to have sex and what signs to look for to determine when you’re ovulating.

Learn about natural infertility solutions at Axial Spine & Wellness by calling the office or booking a consultation online today.