A male infertility treatment will take longer if a client has a history of drug, alcohol and nicotine abuse, was a victim of sexual abuse, suffers from urinary tract infection or has difficult or painful urination, chronic low back pain, prostatitis, and other urological diseases.
Duration and efficacy of the infertility treatment course in this situation depends directly on one’s constitutional and physiological resources. As a rule, regular physical exercises alongside with weekly acupuncture sessions, herbal therapy, and balanced diet yield positive results.
For women it is equally important to consider length and regularity of the treatment, because in order to have hormonal processes normalized, one has to be treated every week of menstrual cycle. Skipping one week of treatment might have negative implication for the whole restorative cycle, which consists of minimum full three stages of therapy (three menstrual cycles) regardless of biological age.
If a woman of 40 years old has a history of taking a lot of medication to increase fertility (for longer than 3 cycles), birth control pills, has experienced PMS, suffers from high level of follicle-stimulating hormone, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, and the presence of sperm antibodies, and also she has been consuming nicotine, alcohol, drugs, it might take a longer time period to restore her childbearing function. Women might choose to undergo this therapy for the benefit of their health every two years, even though they might not have a goal of getting pregnant.
In case of dealing with infertility, the treatment should be started not later than at the age of 28 or even earlier, if a woman has been taking birth control pills. A couple should set their mind on the fact, that the result should be expected not earlier than in 6-9 months of the treatment. There is no fast track to regeneration of ability to conceive and to sustain a healthy pregnancy. But everything is possible. In some cases it is even possible to turn the time back.
Lifestyle changes might be of benefit to both women and men. A couple must be healthy from the point of view of Chinese medicine. They should avoid exposure to toxic chemical elements, which are often hidden inside of domestic cleaning products, beauty products, and the environment. A balanced diet and an exercise routine must be maintained. For example, eating predominantly cold and raw food all year round is not the best solution for a person with a low basic body temperature. Consuming meats (warming food) might be of benefit for restoring “the warmth” of the uterus. Women should avoid sitting on cold concrete surfaces.
As for male unexplainable infertility, there exists a set of specific physical and mental exercises, which couples should practice to recreate beneficial environment and conditions for conception and healthy pregnancy. According to Chinese medicine, a healthy person has warm hands and feet, bright complexion and is full of energy.
Combining pharmaceutical and other medical reproductive methods, used in infertility clinics, with traditional methods of acupuncture and herbal therapy requires a good mutual understanding between clients and practitioners. Communication between the client, the acupuncturist and the specialist in the field of reproductive medicine should be conducted in a delicate manner. The doctor should be familiar with basic acupuncture methodology, and the acupuncturist should have knowledge about Western medicine.
Ignorance of any part of the treatment course might lead to diminished results in therapy. For example, the acupuncturist must know what other medication and vitamins in addition to fertility medication the client is taking, when she undergoes acupuncture treatment. Depending on treatment strategy, herbal formulas might be of benefit in one case, but might interfere with the fertility process in the other.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have a different effect on the body than Western medicine. It is gentler, but it is deeper and broader at the same time. Be ready to experience gradual, but significant changes in your condition. One should not expect immediate short lasting results.
When looking for a new acupuncturist, find out about his or her experience in working with infertility clients. Such practitioners use not only general knowledge of Chinese medicine, but also have special skills and methodologies, targeting gynecological problems. Usually general acupuncture methods help to eliminate causative factors of disease. If infertility is caused by insignificant changes in health, general knowledge of acupuncture is sufficient. However, if infertility is caused by significant pathological changes or biological age of hormonal system, special knowledge and experience in gynecological acupuncture is necessary.
A couple must stay calm, be confident in their goal, follow their plan persistently, and be open in their communication between themselves and a practitioner. Love and mutual support are greatly encouraged. Often families, who have conquered infertility, observe significant improvement in their family life in general- these are “the side effects” of the methods of Chinese medicine.
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