Infertility is defined by doctors as the failure to become pregnant after a year of unprotected intercourse. In females, it can be caused by low thyroid function, sex-hormone abnormalities, such as with premature ovarian insufficiency, polycystic ovarian syndrome and low progesterone levels or luteal phase defect, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, endometriosis, scarring of the tubes connecting the ovaries with the uterus, autoimmune conditions and/or infections. In men, infertility is usually associated with a decrease in the number, quality, or motility of sperm. Heavy metal and environmental toxicity can also contribute to infertility and recurrent miscarriages. The specific cause of infertility should always be diagnosed by a physician before considering possible solutions.
Female and male infertility is treated with elimination of alcohol, smoking, recreational drugs and caffeine since it may interfere with fertility. Addressing nutritional deficiencies that may inhibit fertility with appropriate nutrient therapy and treating hormone dysfunction with herbal medicine is also recommended. Detoxification of heavy metals and environmental toxins is essential for optimal reproductive health. In addition, time tested Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture may be helpful in the treatment of some cases of female infertility due to problems with ovarian function and embryo implantation and has helped many couples increase their chance of conceiving naturally and during IUI (intra-uterine insemination) and IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatments. Acupuncture can also help lower the stress and anxiety levels during an IVF cycle as well as reduce the side effects of the medications. Please click here for more information on our approach to fertility.