Infertility is “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.” (WHO-ICMART glossary). Infertility problems are diagnosed in 1 in 10 American couples, yet fully half eventually bear a child. Common causes of infertility of females include: ovulation problems (e.g. polycystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS, the leading reason why women present to fertility clinics due to an ovulatory infertility), tubal blockage, pelvic inflammatory disease caused by infections like tuberculosis.
Acupuncture can regulate the hormonal level like estrogen, progesterone, androgen and testosterone. And also it will balance the whole body and help destress during the pregnant preparation.
How we using herbs to treat infertility in 4 different phases?
Phase1: Menstrual Phase (the week of menstruation): In this phase, we are using Qi and blood moving herbs to regulate the menses and ensure proper shedding of the uterine lining.
Phase2: Follicular Phase (the week following the last day of menstruation): During this phase, our strategy is to tonify the energy of Kidney and nourish blood, which are deleted during the period. This stage is essential ensuring healthy conception.
Phase3: Ovulatory Phase (week of Ovulation): Helping the eggs mature and promoting ovulation. Kidney yang tonic herbs have the effect to enhance the surge of luteinizing hormone (LH), which then stimulate ovulation.
Phase4: Luteal Phase (the week before the onset of the menstruation): The focus during this phase is to regulate Liver qi and treat any possible premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and ensure proper flow of qi and blood in the Liver, chong (thoroughfare) and ren (conception) channels.
When patients are more relaxed and at ease throughout the mouth, conception will more likely happen.
Does man play an important role in treating infertility?
Yes!! It is very important to help increasing the quality of sperms and sex drive when it comes to infertility treatment. Man's fertility generally relies on the sperm count, morphology and mobility of the sperm. If the sperm are of a poor quality or if the number of sperm a man ejaculates is low, it will be difficult to cause fertility. Herbs, mainly nourishing two important organs (liver and kidney), can increase the sex drive and improve the quantity, morphology and mobility of sperm which is crucial in the process of fertility.