One of our favourite topics here at Darling Street Health is Fertility. And now we love we talking about how traditional chinese medicine improves fertility.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have a proven record with improving fertility, both in China over many hundreds of years and more recently in the west. Recently, studies have provided evidence that acupuncture enhances physiological processes that relate to reproduction and fertility.
Just like a gardener enriches the soil before planting a seed, we believe in investing in your health before you conceive. As you begin to think about starting a family, we encourage you to take at least three to four months to get your health and your body in the best possible condition to conceive and grow a new life. Why three to four months? This is because it takes four and half months from the time the follicle in your ovary starts to develop to the moment where the egg it contains is mature enough for ovulation, and about four months for sperm to develop. What you do for a few months will have lifelong effects for you and your child so it is worth spending some time to helping create healthy, quality eggs and sperm, and get the whole body in the most optimal state for conception to occur.
If you have been trying to conceive for a while without success, you may be feeling dispirited and discouraged. Impaired fertility may be due to a female factor in 30% of cases, a male factor in 30% cases, and in 30% of cases the cause may be attributed to both male and female factors. There are several mechanisms by which Chinese Medicine can aid natural fertility in women and men. In women, Chinese Medicine can:
- Regulate reproductive hormones
- Improve the function of the ovaries to produce higher quality eggs
- Regulate menses
- Reduce menstrual or pelvic pain
- Promote ovulation
- Improve uterine lining
- Decrease insulin resistance
- Improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
- Relax uterine contractions
- Resolve small uterine fibroids
- Improve libido
- Reduce pain caused by intercourse
- Reduce anxiety and/or depression
- Assist in relaxation and reduce stress
- Strengthen immunity and energy
- Improve IVF/IUI pregnancy rates
- Decrease chance of some types of miscarriage
For men, Chinese Medicine can be beneficial to:
- Improve sperm count
- Increase sperm motility
- Improve sperm shape
- Improve libido
At Darling St Health, we have a range of experienced practitioners who can help you get in the best shape to increase your chances of conceiving. We work with patients trying to conceive naturally as well as individuals/couples who are seeking help through Assisted Reproductive Technologies. We utilise acupuncture, herbs and nutrition to create a personalised treatment plan that promotes a healthy, balanced state in the body so that it is conducive to conception and a healthy pregnancy.