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Acupuncture, Herbs, Reiki

In spite of our ability to image, measure and quantify so many aspects of the reproductive tract, a clear cause of infertility cannot be identified in a number of cases (Ledger 2009). These unexplained cases may be attributed in the future to other pathological processes that are the subject of current research including immune functioning (Siam 2011), genetic enzymatic variants (Eloualid 2012) and signaling peptides (Sadeu 2012). A role of oxidative stress in infertility has also been proposed by numerous authors (Agarwal 2005, Ruder 2009, Visioli 2011).

Fertility Acupuncture

A study published in the journal Fertility & Sterility, found acupuncture improves pregnancy success rate by 50% in women undergoing

in-vitro fertilization, or IVF.     [Paulus W, et. Al., Influence of acupuncture on pregnancy rate in patients who undergo ART. J Fertility & Strerility, 2002 April;77(4):721-4.] 

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In fact, the evidence that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been used to aid fertility, can  be found in early medical literature dating back to year 3 AD.

Infertility affects up to 15% of Canadian couples and maybe attributed to a number of diverse factors. Infertility is defined as a"failure to achieve a successful pregnancy after 12 months of regular unprotected intercourse" (PCASRM 2008). Recent surveys suggest that between 11.5% and 15.7% of Canadian couples attempting to get pregnant are dealing with an inability to conceive, with prevalence rates increasing with advancing maternal age (Bushnik 2012). It is estimated that approximately 30% of infertility causes may be attributed to male factors and 40% to female factors. In the remainder cases, a combination of influences or an undetermined cause are deemed to be responsible (AHRC 2010).

Causes of infertility in women may include:

  • age (fertility decreases after age 35)
  • problems producing eggs (which shows up when she has no period/menstrual cycle, or no regular one)
  • having a sexually transmitted infection (STI), like Chlamydia (which can cause blockages in the fallopian tubes)
  • problems in the uterus (like fibroids or polyps)
  • problems with the fallopian tubes (like missing tubes or blockages)
  • endometriosis (excess of tissue that gathers around the reproductive organs)
  • hormonal imbalances
  • early menopause (before age 40)

Points to keep in mind as a general rule of thumb:

  • 91% of women can get pregnant at age 30
  • 77% by age 35
  • 53% by age 40

Causes of infertility in men may include:

  • poor sperm quality (their rate of movement and shape)
  • low sperm count, or lack of sperm
  • a history of sexually transmitted infection (STI), like Chlamydia
  • hormonal imbalances

Other causes of infertility in both men and women may include:

  • past treatments for cancer (like chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery)
  • some chronic illnesses (like diabetes), as well as their treatments
  • tobacco and alcohol use
  • being under weight or over weight

Increasing your chances of getting pregnant

Here are a few things you can do to make it more likely you'll conceive on your own:

If you're a woman, begin trying to have children before you are 35.

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Drink fewer alcoholic drinks.
  • Learn ways to deal better with stress.
  • Try stress-reducing activities. There is evidence that alternative therapies, including acupuncture and TCM, can help to increase the chances of getting pregnant. Please read the research at the top of this page.