Fertility

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a non-invasive option for couples choosing to conceive naturally or for those preparing for IVF. There are many reasons why some couples have difficulty conceiving including hormonal imbalances, age factors, a history of PCOS or endometriosis, egg or sperm quality, genetic factors, diabetes and/or stress.

The standard definition of infertility is a woman of normal childbearing age who has not become pregnant (after at least one year for women under 35 or for women over 35, this decreases to 6 months) of trying to conceive or a man who, after a year of trying, has not been able to impregnate a woman. The term can also be used for a woman who is able to become pregnant but is unsuccessful in carrying the pregnancy to birth.

The cause of infertility appears to vary between the sexes but can be related to a number of things such as:

Possible causes of female infertility:

  • uterine fibroids
  • fallopian tube structure
  • certain genetic conditions
  • uterine lining problems, or quality of the uterine lining
  • ovulation disorders and the ability of the ovaries to produce eggs
  • lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking, age or stress

Possible causes of male infertility:

  • uterine fibroids
  • fallopian tube structure
  • certain genetic conditions
  • uterine lining problems, or quality of the uterine lining
  • ovulation disorders and the ability of the ovaries to produce eggs
  • lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking, age or stress

Infertility is a devastating experience for many couples these days. Infertility affects both men and women. With the ever-increasing cost of living, couples are waiting longer to have children. This naturally decreases the opportunity for spontaneous pregnancy, especially for women in their mid-to late-thirties, but statistics also confirm that more couples are seeking treatment for infertility. Infertility results from a male factor in about 35% of cases, and a female factor in about 50%. About 10% of infertility problems remain unexplained even after complete medical evaluations. Around 5% are due to infertility in both partners.

Excess fat in the abdominal area has been reported to be strongly related to disorders of the reproductive system. Weight loss of approximately 5kg or more and reduction of abdominal fat can improve menstrual regularity, ovulation and infertility in women.

The good news is that infertility can be treated. A number of medical conditions can be treated these days with either Western medicine and/or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

 

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