Fertility, how can acupuncture and herbs help?

For anyone struggling with infertility, it is quite an emotional roller-coaster. Every month with another negative reading on the “stick”, leads to depression and heartbreak. After months, or years of trying, a doctor might test to find out why pregnancy hasn’t happened. Sometimes there are answers. There could be blood/hormone labs showing some irregularities, or a pelvic/laprascopy/ultrasound will reveal that there are obstructions or growths. Often problems are found that you had no idea about, let alone that they could affect your ability to conceive.

So now that you know there might be some issues getting in the way, what can you and your partner do?

Western medicine may suggest hormones, or medications, to stimulate hormones, or even surgical intervention. Sometimes these types of treatments may work. Lack of ovulation, or poor ovulation, is at least 30% of many women’s obstacle. Often, Clomid or Follistem, will be prescribed, which may be the right step. However, sometimes it’s not enough, or even the right next step. With so many couples waiting later to start a family, there are also natural aging processes that can get in the way of their goal.

With Chinese medicine, which has been around for over 2000+ years, it looks at many different aspects of your overall health, and where changes are needed, to be able to put you and your partner in the best health for conception. Even when aging is a factor, making the right changes in diet, and lifestyle, can have an amazing effect on your body’s ability to conceive.

It’s not always the women who may have the issue, 40-50% of infertility can be male factor.

For the best results, the couple will be individually assessed and treated, with herbs and acupuncture, to balance the hormones, blood levels, and to move any blockages that could be getting in the way of conception. No two people are the same in what imbalances are taking place, so everyone is treated very individually. Having a practitioner who knows and specializes in Fertility is important, in order to get the best care.

Diet and lifestyle both are so important to a great outcome, and modifications could be made, so that each person will be functioning at their best level of reproductive health and overall well-being.

Some will ask, “How long will this take?” This is a valid question with the clock ticking. The answer though is different for each person. Sometimes a patient needs surprisingly little changes and treatment, considering they may have been trying for over a year, before seeking therapy. Then, within 3 months, they are pregnant and all is wonderful!

For others, with more complicated patterns, such as: endometriosis, Fibroid tumors, and PCOS (to name a few), it can take longer. Regulation of the menstrual cycle must take place first, as well as making sure that no obstruction(s) are blocking the sperms ability to meet, and fertilize the egg. In some of the above situations, ovulation may not be occurring at all. If that’s the case, it still falls under menstrual regulation, but may be more involved, if hormones are very imbalanced.

I’ll be going into some details, on the blog, about each of these areas and how Chinese medicine can help the balance and possibly help in conception.

If you are considering alternative treatment, either in conjunction with your doctor/Reproductive endocrinologist, or want to try things more naturally first before using medication/IUI/IVF, feel free to contact me, and make an appointment for a consultation. If I think that I can help you, I will. If not, I can make some suggestions, or a referral for you.