Fertility is a woman’s natural state from the time she gets her periods to when she begins the menopause. What TCM has taught me is that infertility is a result of an imbalance in the body’s energies which affect the organs and the hormonal states of person. Once it has been established that there is no structural cause of implantation failure such as tubal blockage, cervical pathology or congenital abnormalities then there is a lot that I can do to help using acupuncture, herbs and medicinal mushrooms.
I attended Suzanne for 6 weeks prior to a planned IVF treatment for fertility accupuncture. I found the experience very professional and relaxing throughout. The week I was due to start treatment I discovered I was pregnant having been told I would never conceive naturally. I would highly recommend accupuncture to anyone trying to become pregnant who is experiencing difficulties.
When it comes to reproduction the human is the least efficient of all mammals. Only 15% of the male sperm is capable of fertilizing the egg. This percentage is getting lower. In young women only 2 out of 5 eggs are chromasomally normal, this figure drops to 1 out of 10 at 45. You can see why it is vitally important that body is in optimum health before the couple embark on this journey together. Diet, exercise and cutting down on the toxins going into the body is crucial.
In female physiology there are four common causes of infertility:
- Eggs not released – Amenorrhea, PCOS, Low BMI, & substance abuse.
- Cervical mucus immobilize the sperm – Antisperm Antibodies, Hostile mucus or lack of fertile mucus.
- Implantation failure – poor endometrial quality, commonly causing miscarriage at 10+ weeks, or overactive immune system.
- Insufficient egg quality / reserve – age related or iatrogenic.
The problem of poor sperm quality and quantity commonly caused by toxicity, life style, environmental or in some cases due to an anatomical or congenital disorder is rising. Sperm DNA fragmentation is avoidable if the man takes fertility supplements and a good quality antioxidant for 3 months . The DNA problem has been linked to miscarriage at 6/7 weeks. Finally Impotency and premature ejaculation can also be helped by TCM.