Physical therapy being used to treat infertility


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – 1.5-million women in the U.S. have problems with fertility, according to the latest data by the Centers for Disease Control.  While many of them turn to surgery or in vitro fertilization, there is another option that doesn’t require surgery or medication.

Joshua and Julie Ledbetter always knew they wanted children, but two years ago Julie learned both of her fallopian tubes were blocked.

Julie told Ivanhoe, “The first thoughts you think of are guilt because you waited so long.”

They were told their only options were adoption or in vitro, but the Ledbetters’ sought out a third option and just six months after treatment Julie became pregnant.

Belinda Wurn, PT, is a physical therapist and Director at Clear Passage Therapies in Gainesville, Florida. She specializes in treating people for lower back and pelvic pain, caused by adhesion- scar tissue that forms internally after surgery, infection, or endometriosis.

In a technique similar to massaging out a knot in a muscle, Belinda massages away the adhesions that are blocking the fallopian tubes.

“You just hold, and the longer you stretch it all of a sudden it will give; it feels like it gets longer, that’s what it feels like to us,” Wurn explained.

In an analysis of 14,000 women with blocked fallopian tubes, 57-percent became pregnant after treatment at Clear Passage, compared to national data that shows the success rate of surgery is just 22 to 34-percent.

Julie exclaimed, “They completely fixed the problem the first time around.”  In fact, Julie is now pregnant with her second child.

The data, published in the journal Alternative Therapies, also showed that 54-percent of women whose infertility was caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome became pregnant after therapy with Clear Passage, compared to just 33-percent of women who had surgery. The average treatment at Clear Passage takes 20 hours over the course of five days and the total cost is around $6,000.

This therapy is available in Los Angeles, Encinitas and San Francisco Bay. For more information, visit and be sure to check out the full story below, airing statewide this week on California Life.