Infertility is defined as inability to conceive naturally after 2 years of unprotected sexual intercourse. This is based on the premise of having intercourse on average 3 times a week. Many couples don’t realise there may be a problem with their fertility until they actively start trying, as they actively try NOT to become pregnant for financial, social or cultural reasons by engaging in contraception for long periods of time, such as the pill, condoms, Merina Coil or other forms of contraception. Age issues are hugely influential in the health and quality of eggs in particular, but sperm also, so that the chances of conceiving naturally after age 40yrs, decreases considerably compared to those in the 20yr old age bracket.
The problem with conception may be as simple as the couple missing their “fertile window”, usually 2 to 3 days before ovulation, or as complex as issues with ovulation itself, PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), Endometriosis, Luteal Phase Defects, High FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone), Sperm defects, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, or Fallopian Tube issues.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has been helping couples to conceive for centuries. The first written recorded history of gynaecology goes back to The Shang Dynasty (1500-1000BC). It is now gaining momentum here in the West as a viable and valid way to enhance either natural conception, or as an aid to ART. . ART (Artificial Reproduction Technology), includes IVF, ICSI, IUI, Donor egg or sperm.