Cervical Stenosis and Infertility
I have been trying to conceive for 5 years now. I am 36yrs and my husband is 39yrs. I was diagnosed with cervical stenosis and did dilation, without success. I also, underwent 2 IVF cycles but they also failed. How can u help me? How can natural herbs and which one will help overcome the problem of cervical stenosis?
Cervical stenosis indicates that the opening of the cervix is more narrow than what should normally be. In rare cases this opening may be closed completely. It is often due to stiffness causing constriction of the muscles and tissues of the cervix. These muscles tend to contract, but do not dilate as they should. This is a lack of elasticity in this tissue. This can be caused by scar tissue formation often related to biopsy, infections, endometriosis, and more.
In order to conceive, the sperm does not need a large opening to reach the fallopian tube for fertilization, so it is often not an issue as fact as conception is concerned, but it can be a problem during pregnancy and childbirth.
Often time when IVF is recommended is because stenosis relates to fertility issue because cervical stenosis is responsible for infertility, pain, and IVF failure. It can even cause and be associated with endometriosis.
It is also important to point out that the cervix is the lower part of the uterus, but structurally it is very different: while the uterine muscles are meant to stretch during pregnancy and shrink back to their normal size after pregnancy, the muscles of the cervix do the opposite. The tissue that forms the cervix is meant to stay tough and firm. In fact it designed not to stretch during pregnancy in order to prevent miscarriage. Also, during pregnancy a mucous plug is formed that keeps bacteria and viruses and other pathogens out and away from the uterus and the developing baby.
The cervix dilates only during labour under the influence of specific hormones.
The cervix has
a narrow hollow center that connects the the vagina to the uterus. Stenosis forms when a scar forms within this canal.
The problem with stenosis causing infertility is that it makes medical fertility procedure like IUI and IVF embryo transfer difficult to achieve.
The cervix is a canal that connects the vagina to the uterus. It is made of two parts, the external os
and the internal os, which are the most common sites where cervical stenosis is found, but anywhere along the cervical canal there can be a stenotic point.
With natural health, there are a few things that can be done. The results really depend on each case, but worth trying in my opinion:
1. Homeopathic Remedies
Silicea 6x, Thiosinaminum 6x or 6C are homeopathic remedies known for their ability to stimulate the release of scar tissue from the body. Silicea (or Silica) helps break down scar tissue, while Thiosinaminum is known to dissolve scar tissue that causes blockage sin narrow places and it has been successfully used to treat blockage of the fallopian tubes, epididymis and Eustachian tubes.2. Use of Vaginal Dilators
Dilators can be helpful in treating vaginal stenosis. In this case, discuss the use of vaginal dilators with your doctor.2. Enzymatic therapy
Enzymatic therapy is known to help dissolve scar tissue and also decrease inflammation. This therapy also helps cases of mild endometriosis connected to stenosis. For this, I would recommend Wobenzym
This supplement assist the body in the removal of tissue and fibring build up, reduces scar tissue, and inflammation.2. Evening Primrose OilEvening primrose
is known to help ripen the cervix before labour. It also has anti inflammatory properties and it is used to increase fertility and increase vaginal lubrication and production of fertile cervical mucus. It should be taken both orally and vaginally. Inserting capsules of evening primrose oil (pierce the oil capsules with a sterile needle first before inserting) every evening may help soothe, soften and repair the tissue.