Infertility & IVF Support
What is infertility?
The diminished ability or the inability to conceive and have offspring.
The inability to conceive after one year of trying.
Defined in specific terms as “the failure to achieve pregnancy after a year or longer of regular intercourse without contraception, or after 6 months if the woman is older than 35 years of age.”
Women who are able to get pregnant but unable to carry a pregnancy to term due to miscarriage, recurrent pregnancy loss (two or more spontaneous miscarriages) or stillbirths.
What are the causes and symptoms in Oriental medicine?
Based on the Oriental medicine classic texts understanding of infertility, conception needs 3 criteria:
Abundant Kidney Qi
Non-obstructed meridians around the uterus
A favorable environment inside the uterus
What can Oriental medicine do to treat infertility?
Acupuncture treats infertility by specifically targeting points that aid reproductive organs function and restoring the body’s natural ability to reproduce. It works perfectly for both men and women.
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