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What is infertility?

If the female is under the age of 35, a couple is considered infertile if they have not been able to conceive after one full year of steady, unprotected intercourse. If the female is over the age of 35 the couple is considered infertile after ony six months of steady, unprotected intercourse. Infertility only means a reduced ability to have a child and does not mean the same as sterility; sterility means you can never have a child. For most couples, infertility is a temporary crisis. It is a crisis that can be overcome.

There are a number of potential factors that can hamper fertility in women.

  • Lack of ovulation (release of eggs in the ovary) due to hormonal imbalance or cysts in the ovary
  • Failure of the fallopian tubes to carry eggs from the ovary to the uterus. Scarring of the fallopian tubes as a result of infections such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, endometriosis or prior surgery.
  • Irregular ovulation and poor cervical mucous that damages or impedes sperm activity.
  • Embryo implantation difficulties
  • Premature menopause
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Mind-body imbalances that conventional medical practitioners rarely diagnoses or treat

  • There are also a number of potential factors that can hamper fertility in men.

  • Sexual dysfunction (erectile problems or impotence).
  • Low sperm count.
  • Poor sperm motility.
  • Malformed or improperly formed sperm.
  • Blockage of the sperm ducts
  • Unexplained Infertility

    It has been estimated that up to 30% of all infertility cases diagnosed in women and 25% of infertility cases diagnosed in men are actually the result of idiopathic or unexplained causes.

    In Eastern Medicine, impaired reproductive functioning can be healed and supported by re-balancing the body. The focus of this healing is on the person rather than on the disease. The view of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is that the mind, body and spirit are one; they are unified and interactive.

    TCM and other alternative practitioners aim to assist your body to activate its own built in healing mechanisms. The body heals, not the practitioner/doctor. It is understood that healing may be a slow process; it takes time to rebalance and repair.

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