One of the "flagships" of Chinese medicine is the treatment of fertility problems, an area with impressive success and high demand.
Treatment with Chinese medicine includes the following means: acupuncture, acupuncture using laser, and medicinal plants. Each "treatment package" is personally prepared for every patient according to their medical history.
We are aware of the great personal importance this issue has for those seeking help, and that a solution to this problem is a prerequisite to fulfilling some of a woman's/couple's biggest dreams. Understanding this, we work with great sensitivity, usually in cooperation with western medicine, since any case can be complicated, and because certain problems are in the area of expertise of western medicine.
Infertility is an "umbrella term" which generalizes a variety of situations. The problem they all have in common is that a woman, for a relatively long period, cannot become pregnant, despite having sexual intercourse regularly without using contraceptives, during ovulation (not counting months following previous labor or breast feeding).
Under this definition, there is a difference between "initial infertility", meaning the attempt to conceive a first child, and "secondary infertility", meaning the attempt to conceive additional children, after one or more children have been born.
The different definitions of a "relatively long period of time" aren't uniform, and most definitions mention a period between a year (USA) to two years (UK) for a woman younger than 35, and even less, up to half a year, for a woman older than 35 (the reason for this difference is that at older ages the "biological clock" ticks faster, and the passing time causes increased frustration and concern). Under other definitions and circumstances longer periods of time are mentioned, even up to five years.
Of course, with such a wide variety of definitions, it is difficult to define the prevalence of infertility. Different measurements based on different definitions and across various populations, estimate prevalence to be 12%-28% of the population, meaning approximately from one out of every eight women, and up to twice as much.The cause of infertility can be found in the man, woman or both. For instance, different measurements estimate the problem at 50%-50% (spread evenly across male and female), some conclude it at 70% in women and 30% in men, and others mention statistics of 30% in women, 30% in men and 30% in both men and women combined, with an added 10% of "other problems". As we can see, statistics aren't conclusive, and it they don't really interest the woman or the couple that have the problem, because theirs is a personal problem, not a statistic.
In women, the common causes of infertility are failure of ovulation, tubal obstruction (the path of the egg cell to the womb is blocked), utero defects, including the endometrium.
The basic classification of ovulation problems differentiates between problems in the functioning of the cerebral centers that regulate female fertility, problems in the ovaries, other metabolic problems, and specific problems in the internal organs of the pelvis.
Causes of low or lack of sperm can be found in the quality of the sperm itself (e.g. high temperature) or mechanical blockage in the sperm's path from the testicle (and in some cases, because of surgical removal of the prostate or problems associated with diabetes).
When a woman or a couple wish to conceive a baby and fail to do so, it is common for intense feelings to arise, beginning with anger, frustration and jealousy of other women or couples, through depression, sadness and shame, and eventually – tension between the partners. These feelings affect the hormonal balance, and sometimes this leads to a continuous circle, in which the obstacle becomes larger and larger as time goes by.
Choosing the right therapy and using Chinese medicine
Considering the information above, it should be clear that in cases where a woman or couple recognize a problem in fertility, they should seek a professional diagnosis. Because of the wide variety of possible causes, it is not recommended to "take a shot in the dark", since if we take an extreme example: if the reason is a structural problem in the male, which requires surgical intervention, there is no point starting with hormonal therapy for the woman.
If the diagnosis reveals problems in hormonal balance, metabolism, non-structural functioning of internal organs (meaning surgical intervention isn't needed) – that is when Chinese medicine can be the right choice, because it emphasizes the general balance between the mental, emotional, physiological and biological functioning. If the problem is more complicated, it is recommended to combine solutions of both Chinese and western medicine, because even when a surgical intervention is needed, in most cases deep emotions arise, and these have a big influence on the emotional readiness, and therefore hormonal readiness, of the woman or couple to become pregnant. Therefore, a holistic support of the physical and mental lifecycle of both partners can be critical for the success of therapy, even when using conventional medicine.