FERTILITY


We help to optimise your chances of conceiving naturally and support you through the process, both physically and emotionally.


Fertility is defined as the natural ability to conceive a child. However, fertility is not smooth sailing for everyone. Global estimates suggest that about 48 million couples face infertility - the inability to conceive naturally after 1 year of unprotected sexual intercourse.


Fertility is not just a female health issue. Both men and women can experience infertility and can take steps to improve their fertility. It takes 90 days for a follicle to mature and be ready to be fertilised. The sperm also takes about 60 to 90 days to mature. 


Therefore, TCM treatment is recommended for around 3 months for it to take full effect. Although this may seem like a long time, it isn’t that long at all in the grand scheme of things. Take this time to nourish your body and align your intentions to build a solid foundation for fertility.

Conditions we treat at MINO

  • Irregular menses
  • Painful menses
  • Amenorrhea
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • IUI support
  • IVF support
  • Male factor infertility 
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Hormone imbalances

TCM can help fertility

Increase Qi and Blood circulation
Regular acupuncture can improve ovarian and uterus blood supply [1] to improve egg quality, support endometrium lining and embryo implantation.

Balance hormones
Acupuncture has an effect of normalising the hormonal balance. By focusing on the Kidney, Liver and Spleen meridians, your body can restore harmony associated with conception.

Support Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
Research [2,3] has shown that acupuncture added to IVF (fresh and frozen) improves the chances of live birth by about 30% when compared with no treatment. Treatment focuses on aiding recovery, decreasing uterine contractions and minimising mental stress during the stimulation and retrieval phases. 

Calm the mind
Two-week wait is the toughest part. Acupuncture can help to regulate stress response by stimulating specific points to relax the mind and reduce anxiety [4].

中医学からみた女性不妊(不妊症)

現在、社会問題にもなっている先進国の不妊症ですが、実は中国3000年の歴史の中でも悩まされた人が多く、「無子」(不妊症)に関する古書は161冊にものぼり、その治療法に至っては897通りの処方が遺されています。中医学による女性不妊治療は「時間医学」を重視します。

女性の月経周期や体調(生命・病理現象)は、月の満ち欠けや潮の満ち引きに深い関係があり、太陰暦に沿って変化すると考えます。7日毎(節)x4に段階的に分け、それぞれの時期に現れている症状を考慮した治療を行います。

中医学からみた男性不妊(不育症)

中医学では、男性不妊(不育症)を特に腎精不足の観点から弁証します。加えて、脾虚が原因の気血不足、肝鬱や肝経の湿熱などが特に関係すると考えます。

 

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References:

[1]   Stener-Victorin, E., et al., Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Human Reproduction, 1996. 11(6): p. 1314-7.

[2] Smith, C.A., et al., Acupuncture performed around the time of embryo transfer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Reprod Biomed Online, 2019. 38(3): p. 364-379.

[3]   Xie, Z.Y., et al., The effects of acupuncture on pregnancy outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Complement Altern Med, 2019. 19(1): p. 131.

[4]  Chu, K., et al., A systematic review and meta-analysis of nonpharmacological adjuvant interventions for patients undergoing assisted reproductive technology treatment. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 2017. 139(3): p. 268-277.