TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE AND INFERTILITY
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been treating male- and female-factor infertility for over 2,000 years. It is easy for both men and women to overlook male-factor infertility, but it is essential to remember that 30% of infertility is male-factor and an additional 30% is female-factor. The remaining 30% is male- and female-factor combined; the remaining 10% is unknown.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is able to increase sperm count and motility as well as improve morphology. Spermatogenesis, or sperm production, takes three months. Ideally, we work with male patients for three months to improve sperm parameters. We recommend acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for the best results.
Female-factor infertility accounts for roughly 60% of infertility cases (remember that 30% of that is male and female-factor combined). Several women’s health concerns cause infertility, including: hormonal imbalances (FSH, LH, TSH, progesterone, estrogen), perimenopause, thin endometrium (uterine lining), ovarian cysts, anovulation, poor egg quality, poor quantity of follicles, polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine myomas (fibroids), endometriosis, adhesions, tubal blockage and unexplained infertility.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has a proven track record of:
- Improving blood flow to the ovaries, which is correlated with improved egg quality
- Improved IVF positive pregnancy and take-home baby rates
- Opening minimally blocked fallopian tubes
- Regulating menstrual cycles, thereby balancing the endocrine system to promote ovulation
It takes 3 months for an egg to actually be selected for ovulation. Ideally, women patients should come in for a three-month care program whenever possible. When treating PCOS and oligomennorehea (irregular and long cycles), which may be accompanied by anovulation, we recommend six or more months treatment time. These conditions do improve with Traditional Chinese Medicine, but this natural process takes time.