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Treatment of Unexplained Infertility
Unexplained infertility represents the most frequent diagnosis in women. It simply means that the doctor cannot find any medical explanation for why the patient is having fertility issues. This does not mean that a problem doesn't exist. It means that, due to insufficient medical knowledge and current technology, the medical solution is difficult to find. However, Oriental medicine is able to identify the subtle fertility imbalances that may interfere with a woman's ability to conceive. More importantly, these subtle problems cannot only be fully explained, but also treated successfully, with acupuncture and herbal medicine.

The following underlying factors contribute to infertility from the perspective of Oriental medicine:

Blood Deficiency—If a woman does not have menstrual periods, or experiences a slight or short menstrual flow, it indicates that there is not enough blood to nourish the uterine lining, which then cannot support the implantation and development of the embryo. For successful implantation, the endometrium must be both thick and nourishing. Acupuncture and specific blood tonic herbs increase the production of blood and enhance its flow to the endometrial lining, allowing the body to produce more blood vessels and create more tissue, and thus contribute to the successful implantation and nourishment of an embryo.

Blood Stagnation—With stagnation of blood, it is not uncommon to see patients who complain of severe menstrual cramping, large blood clots, dark brown menstrual flow and incomplete discharge, followed by spotting. In Chinese medicine, we call this "blood stasis." It means poor blood flow through the uterine arteries, which causes the uterus itself to become a toxic environment.
This blood stasis also impacts the quality of the endometrium and thus hinders implantation. Blood stasis is also seen as the underlying cause of "the clotting factor," which often causes early miscarriages. Acupuncture, along with blood regulating herbs clears blood stasis, reduces constriction in the uterine arteries and encourages the complete discharge of menstrual blood. As a result, new endometrial tissue becomes fresh, healthy and ready for an embryo to become implanted.

Cold Womb/Cold Uterus—"Cold womb" means that the uterine lining fails to respond to the warming hormone, progesterone.Women with this condition usually have slow rising and/or early declining BBT. Cold hands and feet, cramps helped by a heating pad, lower back pain, low libido, frequent urination and early morning loose stools are also symptomatic of this condition. Cold womb not only causes the wrong temperature for the embryo to grow, like a seed growing in chilly weather, but also congeals the blood inhibiting uterine circulation. The focus of treatment is to warm the uterus, which in turn maintains progesterone at satisfactory levels. This not only helps metabolic activity, but also allows the uterus to secrete sufficient nutrients, and thereby creates a highly nurturing environment in which to implant the embryo.

Stress—Stress interrupts hormonal communication and leads to hypothalamic anovulation. It can also increase prolactin levels and prevent ovulation. Stress can cause tension in the fallopian tubes, and affect the transportation of the egg, sperm or embryo. Acupuncture increases production of beta-endorphin, which is a natural chemical in our bodies that helps reduce anxiety and tension, improve sleep and increase resistance to stress, so the patient becomes calmer and more at ease.

Prolonged or Severe PMS—Prolonged or severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) causes hormonal imbalance and low fertility.The body's response to an imbalance in progesterone and estrogen levels may be irritability, bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, sleep disturbance and food cravings in the week before the period or even two weeks into each cycle. Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine are known to address PMS by regulating the energy flow in the liver meridian. This, in turn, naturally improves the body's hormonal balance and encourages optimum function of the reproductive system.

Poor Egg Quality—Although we know there is nothing we can do to change the DNA of the egg itself, we can certainly enhance follicular nourishment and development. Oriental medicine emphasizes the replenishment of kidney jing and yin (reproductive essence), enhances the blood flow to the ovaries and increases the resistance to stress, which naturally exerts a positive influence on egg quality.

 

 

 

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