Infertility

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What is considered infertility?

Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant or conceive after one year or longer of unprotected sex, nowadays as people tend to get pregnant at an older age and fertility  in women decline steadily with age, now some facilities evaluate and treat women aged 35 and above after 6 months of unprotected sex.

What are the common causes for male and female?

  • Stress

  • Abnormal sperm production of function

  • Problems with delivery of sperms

  • Ovulation disorders

  • Uterine or cervical abnormalities

  • Endometriosis

  • Fallopian tube blockage

  • Pelvic adhesions

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome(PCOS)

  • Hyperprolactinemia

  • Thyroid dysfunction

  • Hormone imbalance

 

How does acupuncture help treat it?

Acupuncture and herbs have been widely accepted in Asia for infertility treatment. These ultra-thin needles are inserted into different groups of acupuncture points, the points are selected based on Chinese Medicine syndrome differentiation, then these specific points selected will trigger and regulate certain functions with no side effect.  The goal is to help the body rebalance and conception happen naturally. Acupuncture helps by reducing stress level, improving the sperm and egg quality, balancing hormones, regulating energy and blood flow, resolving stagnation and blockage, and triggering nervous systems.

Some of the common Traditional Chinese Medicine differentiations are liver qi stagnation, phlegm and dampness retention in the Lower abdomen, kidney qi deficiency and blood stasis in the lower abdomen; these are determined based on the intake of every individual and different treatment plans then are prepared. For example, there are points in the lower abdominal region to promote energy flow to the reproductive organs, there are points to resolve stagnation( such as cysts), and points to treat hormonal imbalances. Often times herbs are also used along with acupuncture for better clinical results.