Struggling to get pregnant? Male and female fertility can be treated in several ways. The approach taken by a health expert depends on a variety of factors. This includes the age, personal preferences, overall health of the couple, and underlying cause of infertility, among others.
Read on for infertility treatment options in both Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Western Medicine Infertility Treatments
Conventional treatments of infertility try to restore fertility using drugs or even surgery. Some methods also support/assist in reproduction.
- Pharmaceutical Medication: Most fertility drugs are designed to assist patients with ovulation. They can trigger the ovulation process or help improve the quality of eggs by emulating natural hormones. Some fertility drugs include Letrozole, Clomid, Gonadotropins or GnRH antagonists and agonists.
- Surgery: Several surgical procedures can help correct problems associated with infertility such as Tubal, Laparoscopic, and Hysteroscopic surgeries. They remove or correct abnormalities to improve chances of getting pregnant.
- Assisted Reproductive Techniques: This includes intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
While some conventional fertility treatments have shown promise in helping couples conceive, some medicine options have serious side effects. Some of the drawbacks of Western fertility medicine include:
- Mild to Severe Side Effects: Some relatively common side effects of fertility drugs include breast pain, abnormal menstrual bleeding, blurred vision, weight gain, mood swings, hot flashes, fatigue, and headaches. There are also serious risks such as Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS), ectopic pregnancy, and allergic reactions that threaten fertility or even life.
- Some Procedures are Highly Invasive: Surgical procedures such as a Laparoscope are highly invasive. They increase the risks, costs, and time of recovery.
- Increased Risk of Cancer: “Some fertility drugs are associated with increased risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer.” This is the conclusion of a study published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention .
- High Costs: The costs of most Western medicine fertility treatments are too much for the average couple. The procedures are typically expensive and hectic.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine – Effective Fertility Treatment with Minimal Side Effects
According to an informative study appearing in Obstetrics & Gynecology International Journal, standard Western medicine approaches to treating infertility are not always satisfactory. They also have some significant risks and side effects. For these reasons, some couples are exploring traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture as alternative or adjunct treatments for fertility.
Acupuncture is a safe, affordable, and non-invasive procedure that is effective for infertility treatment. It helps reduce stress, balance the endocrine system (hormones), and promote circulation in the reproductive organs.
Traditional Chinese medicine removes blockages and restores balance with minimal side effects for both men and women. Visit Centre of Balance fertility clinic for more on the role of Chinese medicine and acupuncture in treating infertility.
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