Due to the delicate interaction between the hypothalamus, pituitary, and reproductive glands, stress can be a leading cause of preventing a woman from ovulating, either partially or even entirely.
While a lot of focus is paid to stress causing fertility issues for women, it can also be a contributing factor to the cause of male infertility by altering sperm count and motility, a leading cause of impotence. In women, stress can create spasms in both the fallopian tubes and the uterus, which can interfere with movement and implantation of a fertilized egg.
Traditional Chinese medicine including Acupuncture and Herb treatment programs can counter the effects of stress and cortizol by releasing endorphins in the brain, reducing stress.
Hormonal balance does not have to be disrupted by cortizol to cause infertility. The most common cause of female infertility is an ovulation disorder, in which the release of a mature egg from the ovary is prevented, usually because of a hormonal imbalance. Without enough progesterone, for example, the fetus is unable to attach to the uterus. High levels of prolactin, the hormone that stimulates the production of breast milk, can also prevent ovulation.
An imbalance in reproductive hormones can also negatively affect male reproductive function, such as sperm motility and production. However, the fertility drugs that stimulate ovulation in women by regulating the hypothalamus and pituitary, the glands that control reproductive hormones, don't perform nearly as well for men (success rates are about a third of those for women), nor have they been approved for men by the FDA. Male infertility treatment must take another track.
An herbal impotence cure -- if impotence is a factor in a couple's infertility -- causes no side effects and has a reported success rate when taken in conjunction with male infertility treatment.
While the fertility drugs commonly prescribed for women can produce a 20 to 60 percent pregnancy rate, they also commonly include such side effects as abdominal tenderness, bloating, fluid retention, weight gain, and nausea.
Acupuncture and Herbs can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system, according to several studies and medical research.
These and other Traditional Chinese practices all form part of TCM, each adding a little to the history and methodology of Acupuncture and Herbs and their ability to help with Infertility.
Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC, focusing on Female Infertility with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from Harley Street, London.
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