The causes of infertility are many and varied. Fertility is ultimately governed by the health of the reproductive system, which is highly sensitive both alone and in it's relationships to the other systems of the body which influence it. When we look at the causes of infertility it is therefore essential that we observe the system as a whole to address both central and outlying conditions which may be directly or indirectly affecting fertility.
The traditional and modern approach to male infertility is generally a relatively simplistic one, maximise the quality and motility of the sperm. When the sperm quality is good and the motility is high, the chances of successful conception naturally rise exponentially. For women the sheer number of physiological processes involved in fertility, the menstrual cycle, the hormonal triggers, the follicular development, the transit and implantation of a fertilised egg, all add up to an extremely complex pattern which demands a sophisticated and comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine with the diagnostic processes of Traditional Chinese Medicine offer that approach, especially so in combination with western medical interventions, and have been seen to positively influence the following fertility related conditions:
• Low sperm quality • Poor Egg Quality
• PCOS • Endometriosis
• Dysmenorrhea (painful periods) • Amenorrhea (absence of periods)
• Hormonal Imbalance • Fibroids
• Thyroid conditions • Stress