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East Meets West for Fertility – Phy Seah & Dr Loh

Fertility Clinic Singapore – East Meets West

For Mdm Tan*, 39, the road to become a mother has been a long one. She was 37 and her husband 38, when she decided to go for fertility treatment after six months of trying to conceive naturally. It took Mdm Tan one year, three in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycles and two frozen-thawed embryo transfers before she finally got pregnant.

Although Thomson Medical has long been known for its fertility treatments, Mdm Tan believes she also got a much-needed boost from the TCM fertility programme tailored for her by Thomson Chinese Medicine.

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“After I failed my first IVF cycle, Physician Seah Ai Wei got me onacupuncture treatments, which she planned in stages to complement my menstrual cycle and IVF cycle,” says MdmTan. “In line with TCM principles, which emphasise holistic wellness, I avoided cold foods and drinks, did regular light exercises and went to bed early.”

Mdm Tan is not alone in getting help from TCM in her quest to conceive. According to Physician Seah, the fertility services at Thomson Chinese Medicine are the most sought-after programmes for women between 33 to 38 years old. Thomson Chinese Medicine offers two fertility programmes across its clinics – namely Conceive Well Natural Fertility, and Acupuncture for Assisted Reproductive Therapy.

“Whether couples plan to conceive naturally or through assisted reproductive therapies, it is important to customise a TCM treatment programme for both the wife and husband,” says Physician Seah. “We use TCM treatments such as acupuncture and herbal medicine to achieve and sustain a healthy pregnancy.”

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The physicians from Thomson Chinese Medicine work closely with Thomson Fertility Centre to recommend the appropriate treatments.

“We take into account our patients’ profiles and medical history, and if issues are identified along the way, we will refer them to our specialists at Thomson Fertility Centre,” says Physician Seah. “When blood tests and ultrasound reports are available, we will compare them periodically to assess the treatment progress of our patients.”

Although the exact mechanisms of how TCM works are not fully understood by Western medicine, many experts agree that there is sufficient clinical evidence that shows TCM works. “I believe the benefits of TCM and acupuncture lie in their ability to adjust homeostasis and balance in the body,” says Dr LohSeongFeei, Medical Director of Thomson Fertility Centre.

“At Thomson Fertility Centre, we work to provide the optimal conditions for a successful IVF cycle – these include removing blockages that affect implantation, and correcting any hormonal or autoimmune factors that are found. These can be complemented with a customised TCM treatment to maximise the chances of success.”

As for Mdm Tan – who was due to deliver very soon after this interview – she plans to continue to tap on TCM to help her body recover from childbirth. “I personally believe TCM complements a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle habits,” she says.