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What Are Natural Fertility Treatments?

Natural fertility treatments are fertility treatments that aid in conception without the use of invasive medical procedures or the use of prescription drugs to increase fertility. These treatments offer a holistic method of dealing with infertility problems for couples who have mild infertility issues (issues that can be treated without the need for surgery), people who have exhausted all other options of treating their infertility or for people who don’t want to put their bodies through the physical and mental stress of a medical procedure. For all of these couples, natural or alternative fertility treatments offer a welcome alternative.

Types of Natural Fertility Treatments

Natural fertility treatments start from the basis that understanding an individual’s natural fertility is the first step in diagnosis the ailment. For women, natural fertility is largely dependent on her age – her internal biological clock determines her fertility rate from puberty to menopause – which increases from puberty till the 20s then a gradual decline from her 30s all the way to her menopausal age. This biological clock is a result of a female being born with all the eggs she’ll ever have in her lifetime, and the quality as well as quantity of her eggs decreasing as she ages. Although men do not have a biological clock the way women have, the quality of their sperm does decrease with age. Other factors that determine a couple’s ability to conceive include internal factors such as an individual’s health and diet as well as external factors such as environmental toxins that affect the organs of the body responsible for proper sexual functions.

Natural fertility treatments take into consideration all these factors to provide a holistic approach in dealing with them. These treatments recommend a change in the diet and lifestyle by introducing foods that increase fertility (such as foods rich in Vitamins D, E and C) and eliminating foods that negatively impact fertility (such as high-fat and processed meats, caffeine, grains and refined sugar). Other types of natural fertility treatments include natural fertility supplements like Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamins E, C and B-Complex. Holistic fertility treatments also include relaxation techniques such as meditation and chiropractic treatments to reduce stress as stress is one of the factors of infertility.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is yet another natural fertility treatment that treats infertility through the use of acupuncture and/or Traditional Chinese Herbs to combat infertility. Acupuncture helps to  alleviate pain, unblock Qi (energy) and increase blood flow to the organs (mainly the Kidney, Liver and Spleen) thereby restoring balance to the body and increasing fertility in the process. Acupuncture also strengthens the immune system and regulates hormones in women, thereby increasing egg quality. For men, the use of acupuncture has been known to increase the production of sperm and decrease sperm defects. Traditional Chinese Herbs use the “energetic nature” of certain foods and herbs to balance the Qi (energy) of the individual. Certain herbs can also reduce dampness and phlegm in the female body, thus reducing the chances of cervical or vaginal infections. They can also enhance natural fertility in females by regulating the natural functions of ovulation and fertility process. TCM herbs can also help improve sperm motility, production and morphology, thus helping to increase male fertility naturally.

TCM Diagnosis

From a TCM perspective, causes for female infertility include Kidney-Yang deficiency, Kidney-Yin deficiency, Blood and Qi deficiency, Blood and Qi stagnation, Liver-Qi stagnation and Phlegm and Dampness. These can lead to high FSH levels, blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, endometriosis, PCOS and cervical or vaginal infections among others.

Causes of male infertility include deficiency of Kidney-Yin or Kidney-Yang, a weak Spleen and Stagnant-Qi or Blood stasis. These can lead to low sperm count or mobility, abnormal sperm morphology, and abnormalities in the seminal fluid.

To find out more about the causes of female or male fertility from a TCM perspective, click on the links below –

TCM and Female Fertility

TCM and Male Fertility

TCM Treatment for Female Infertility

Patients should bring along their latest medical reports such as hormone blood test and ultrasound reports.

Our TCM physicians will do a comprehensive consultation on the first visit to determine the underlying imbalance contributing to infertility. We will identify a syndrome pattern for the symptoms that manifest at various stages of infertility, and then give the diagnosis focusing on the affected areas of your body (primarily the Liver, Kidneys and Blood). As infertility usually results from multiple factors this method of diagnosis enables our TCM physicians to advise on the best holistic fertility treatment for you.

Based on your diagnosis, our physician will advise you on the following:

Treatment Modalities:

Acupuncture for Fertility

Chinese Medicine for Fertility

Cupping and/or Gua-Sha

Treatment Duration:

3 months and above (our physician will let you know whether you should be trying to conceive during this time)

Treatment frequency:

Should you get pregnant during the treatment duration; our physician will transit you into the treatment programme that sustains a healthy pregnancy. This programme will take you to the end of the first trimester of your pregnancy.

If you are not pregnant by the end of the recommended treatment period, we will do another assessment to evaluate your progress. If necessary, our physician will refer you to our fertility specialists at Thomson Fertility Centre for a follow-up.

TCM Treatment for Male Infertility

Patients should bring along their latest medical reports such as blood test and semen analysis report.

Our TCM physicians will do a comprehensive consultation on the first visit to determine the underlying imbalance contributing to infertility and advise you on the following:

Treatment Modalities:

Acupuncture for Fertility

Chinese Medicine for Fertility

Cupping and/or Gua-Sha

Treatment Duration:

3 months and above (based on type and severity of infertility)

Treatment frequency:

At the end of the recommended treatment period, we will do another assessment to evaluate your progress. If necessary, our physician will refer you to our fertility specialists at Thomson Fertility Centre to repeat the semen analysis.

Natural Fertility Treatments