Natural reproduction is a cycle. A healthy menstrual cycle is 28 days but can vary anywhere between 25 and 35 days. Problems may occur at any stage of the cycle making it difficult to conceive.
The most common causes of infertility in the female include:
Amenorrhea, PCOS, Low BMI
Immobilisation of the sperm by hostile cervical mucous, anti-sperm antibodies, NK Cells
Implantation failure, endometrium too thin
Poor egg quality
Uterine and Fallopian tube pathology incl. endometriosis
During consultation, a client’s whole lifestyle is examined including diet, medical history and menstrual cycle history. A treatment plan is tailored which usually involves prescribing Medicinal mushrooms, Chinese medicinal herbs, supplements and regular acupuncture treatments.
Eggs may take up to 3 months to develop. If a client is embarking on the IVF route, planning supportive treatment Pre IVF, and post embryo transfer treatment is important. I offer Pre and Post embryo transfer acupuncture treatments.
In addition I offer acupuncture for pregnancy related conditions such as nausea, anxiety, insomnia, carpel tunnel, and other pregnancy related issues.
In men the problem is focused on the sperm quality and quantity. The Irish Times article July 28 2018 highlighted the rise in male fertility problems secondary to decreasing sperm counts. A meta-analysis study of 4 decades of sperm count studies published in the journal Human Reproductive Update, showed a 52.4% decline in sperm concentration and a 59.3% decline in sperm count.
Environmental pollution, lifestyle, laptop on the knee working, diet, smoking, and not enough sleep are big factors. As with female infertility a detailed consultation is carried out and a plan of care is created. Sperm has a 90 day cycle, so again medicinal herbs, Chinese herbs, targeted supplements and antioxidants with acupuncture may be indicated as well as advice on lifestyle changes.
It is essential to help prepare clients and start work at least 3 months before IVF commences keeping in mind this is the length of time for the cycle of maturation of sperm.