Infertility is the inability of a couple to become pregnant after 12 months of unprotected intercourse.
Primary infertility is the term used to describe a couple that has never been able to conceive a pregnancy, after at least 1 year of unprotected intercourse.
Secondary infertility describes couples who have previously been pregnant at least once, but have not been able to achieve another pregnancy.
In June 2008 a 36-year-old woman visited Chinese Medical Centre clinic in Nenagh. The woman had miscarried 3 years earlier and since then had been unable to concieve. Her hormone level was normal. She was diagnosed as "unexplained Infertility". There was also vaginal bleeding. She took 12 acupuncture sessions treatment one year ago followed with hormonal injection treatment. This was followed with a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the Centre in Nenagh. Soon after the vaginal bleeding stopped. After taking 16 sessions acupuncture and 17 weeks herbal medicines the woman become pregnant. Due to earlier miscarriages and on Dr. Jane Zhang advice the woman continued to take herbal medication. The Ultra sounds Scan showed the embryo as normal and on July 28 birth a healthy baby girl. Since then the woman became pregnant again and, as she was concerned about having another miscarriage, returned to the Centre in Nenagh and was put on herbal medication again. The woman is now the proud mother of a little girl and a little boy.
This diagnosis denotes the fact that no obvious cause has been detected for a couple's infertility. Of course, this diagnosis is totally dependent on how extensive a diagnostic work-up has been performed: the more limited the work-up, the more frequent the diagnosis of unexplained infertility will arise. Largely based on some Unexplained Infertility program's research, it's come to believe that many cases of unexplained infertility are nothing else but undiagnosed cases of endometriosis and immunological infertility. However, once such a diagnosis is reached, Dr Jane Zhang at Chinese Medical Centre Nenagh can offer up the appropriate empiric treatments--acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Chinese herbal medicine are often used to help infertility along with acupuncture. Studies showed that Chinese herbs, like Danggui, help with menstrual cramps and can improve the circulation and the normal production of various hormones related to reproduction. But patients need to consult with a TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine) doctor rather than asking about the use of herbs in general terms, so they could let the TCM doctor Differentiate their own conditions to go forward with a specific plan.
In June 2008 a 39-year-old female came to Chinese Medical Centre clinic in Nenagh to seek a help with IVF. She alreaady had gotten IVF four times. All were unsuccessful. Because her egg quality was not good a donor egg was used in the fourth IVF. She then had a miscarriage at six weeks. Now she was going to do the fifth IVF in July but before doing so she wanted advice from Chinese Medical. She started electronic-acupuncture twice a week for 5 weeks which finished in July. When she came back she was pregnant for nearly 4 months. She gave birth a healthy baby boy on 15 April in 2009.
A 34-year-old Scotish woman was going to do the first IVF on Nov 2009. She said she had been suffering from endometriosis and had her left ovary surgicaly removed when she was 16 because of an ovarian syst twisting. Due to her conditions she was concerned that IVF would fail. She received 12 sessions of electronic-acupuncture at Chinese Medical Centre in Nenagh during Oct/Nov 2009 before the embryo transfered (Nov 23). She was pregnant one month later. Now with acupuncture she got a lovely boy.
IVF and Acupuncture
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): A method of treating infertility in which an egg (ovum) is surgically removed from the ovary and fertilized outside the body. The woman is given a course of fertility drugs to stimulate release of eggs from the ovary.This is followed by ultrasound scanning to check the eggs, which are collected by laparoscopy immediately before ovulation. They are then mixed with sperm in the laboratory. Two, or sometimes more, fertilized eggs are replaced into the uterus. If they become safely implanted in the uterine wall, the pregnancy usually continues normally. More than 1 in 4 couples who undergo In Vitro Fertilization eventually achieved pregnancy, although several attempts may be necessary.
There are more and more woman who get infertility treatment like IVF have been suggested to get acupuncture done to help the successes rate. Most of the clinical trials demonstrated a signigicantly increased chance of pregnancy arranged 2 acupuncture treatments, one before and one after the embryo transfer. However one of the trials did only one treatment and still showed a positive effect on pregnancy rates. Acupuncture is also given to women going through IVF to increase blood flow through the uterine arteries in the immediate weeks before egg collection. It is advised that the patients to attend the acupuncture clinic few more sessions both before and after the embryo transfer could have more benefit.
Many doctors believe that the acupuncture helps at the time of transfer reducing any uterine contractions which might cause an embryo to be expelled or inhibit an embryo from successfully implanting. The researchers reported that the women who had acupuncture showed beneficial changes in serum levels of stess hormones compared to the control group of women who did not have acupuncture. The acupuncture treatments showed to normalize levels of cortisol and prolactin which have been artificially depressed by the IVF drugs. This may have implications for both egg quality and implantation. In addition the pregmancy and live birth rate was significantly higher in the acupuncture group.