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Preparation for natural fertility over 40

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These days couples are trying to conceive late in their life cycle as more and more of them are focusing on their career goals and travelling. There is good and bad sides of this, the good side is of course to achieve their dreams of their own business. However, the side effects will be on their fertility because we need to accept the fact that after the age of 35, women’s fertility decline quite significantly. So, how can couples overcome this fear? Is it still possible for women over 40 to be conceived? How many percent of chance that couple over 40 can get pregnant?

This article will discuss about the above issues and how to overcome or be prepare for natural fertility for couples who want to conceive over the age of 40.

First of all, we need to understand the change in women’s menstrual cycle when they reach 40.  The condition of normal functioning follicle happens when the estrogen levels increase and signal the pituitary gland to release LH (Luteinizing Hormone). This LH then signals follicle to open and release a mature egg (ie. ovulation). After ovulation, then the corpus luteum triggers the progesterone level to increase and causing it to develop to be capable of nourishing a growing embryo.

As women reach 40, less and less menstrual cycle happen, this means there is lesser chance to get pregnant. Menopause is confirmed when women do not get their period for the whole year. This will vary for women, but it can happen between the ages of 40 to 55. Menopause could take 1-7 years to complete. During perimenopause (the stage before menopause), a woman over 40 can still conceive naturally and carry a baby to a term.

How to prepare for natural conception for women who are in perimenopause (ie. over 40)?

Here is our advice and it’s been proven that some of couples can still possible to conceive following this advice.

1. Fertility Diet

Fertility diet includes consuming only organic food (IE. meat, vegetables, eggs, etc.).

Add some Superfoods in your diet, such as Maca, royal jelly, egg, banana, broccoli, asparagus, avocado, spirulina, etc. Try to eat food with high in folic acid, antioxidants, green food and Omega 3.

2. Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been proven in many years to enhance the chance of getting pregnant. At Dr Christine clinic, we suggest that couple comes as often as possible to improve their fertility level of getting pregnant. There are many couples over 40 who are able to be conceived at age of over 40 with acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture will increase the blood flow in women’s pelvic region and improve the hormones to produce progesterone and therefore increasing the chance of couple to get pregnant.

3.  Healthy Lifestyle

These include exercise; do not drink alcohol, no soda of any kind, no smoking, almost no sugar, and no trans-fats, no artificial.

The exercise include the following:

  • Fertility yoga
  • Meditation
  • Swimming
  • Pilates
  • Walking
  • Kegel exercise (IE. contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles repeatedly)

4. Start to chart your cycle using the BBT Chart

It is now important if you are willing to get pregnant any time soon to chart your cycle. Therefore, you will know when you will be ovulating and when is your peak time. Women usually become fertile 2 or 3 days after menstruation. Do try to have intercourse on the day of ovulation. It is also strongly recommended for couples (men and women) to do acupuncture during ovulation as this will increase your chance to get pregnant.

5. Improve level of Cervical mucus

By drinking plenty of water (IE. 8 glasses or more), take omega essential fatty acid supplement daily), taking herbs.

6. Chinese medicine

Take Chinese medicine in conjunction with the acupuncture to improve your fertility level. This Chinese medicine will also increase the production of cervical mucus as well as nourishing the body as a whole. Hence, enhance the chance of natural conception for women over 40.

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How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control

Hormonal Balance

Many people today has been using birth control since they are teenagers and some of the doctors actually prescribed birth control to some of their patients who suffer from Endometriosis or PCOS. Birth control could reduce pain, reduce the incidence of ovarian cyst or regulate your cycle for some time. However, this is just a short term relief because once you stop taking the pills then the symptoms will come to the surface again. Therefore, it is recommended for couples who want to conceive to stop from taking birth control. We will explain in the next paragraphs how to balance your hormones after birth control.

The first step is to Nourish and Cleanse the body.

  1. Fertility Cleansing

The body has lost some of the nutrition when using the birth control and therefore it needs to be nourished by using herbs. Not only that, but the liver has to metabolize synthetic hormones and becomes overloaded and taxed during birth control use. The liver helps remove toxins and some of fertility cleanses to remove excess hormones. We do recommend Chinese Traditional Medicine because it has been proven for thousands of years.   The Chinese herbs will nourish the body and help liver function normally again. The Chinese herbs will also supportive, toning and cleansing for the uterus.

Secondly, fertility cleansing is an excellent way for couples who want to conceive to create a clean slate and helps the body to respond and utilize other natural remedies better. Hence, fertility cleansing will increase their chance to get pregnant.

  1. Fertility Diet

The change of lifestyle is also very important as this will improve your body to balance the hormones. Healthy diet is strongly recommended for couples who want to conceive.

Did you know that birth control or pills will have some permanent damage to the healthy gut bacteria? That is why it is recommended to consume yogurt, pickles and sour cream to provide the body with probiotics or good bacteria.

Birth control also affects the levels of Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, and folic acid. Therefore, it is necessary to take multivitamin, or supplements and whole food iron supplement.  Taking good probiotic supplement is also good because it will balance and maintain the pH levels in the vagina.

Eating plenty of foods that has high in calcium also is strongly recommended, since the use of birth control can also thin the bones. The food includes spinach, broccoli, sesame seeds, seaweed, chia seeds and cottage cheese.

The next stage after cleansing is Herbal support

The purpose is to restore the ovulation process and improve hormonal balance.

There are some herbs that are recommended for couples:

  1. Fem rebalance

You can get the supplements in any chemist store. This Fem Rebalance will help couples to balance their hormones and reduce stress as well as rapid weight loss or gain. The herbs include Licorice Rt., Vitex, Chaste tree berry, Rhodiola, borage, Maca, vervain root , sarsaparilla root, wild yam root and black cohosh.

It is best used for couples who go through a stage of healing after birth control as pregnancy preparation but not used while trying to conceive. The reason being is because the body needs at least 3-6 months to heal without actively trying to conceive.

  1. Maca

This is known for one of the superfood for male fertility. However, this can also support female’s endocrine system and this root is very nourishing to the body. This will support holistic hormonal balance and reduce stress.

  1. Dang Gui (Angelica Sinensis)

This will nourish the body and promote the blood flow in the pelvis region. It can be used as females’ tonic and fertility herbs and it is highly recommended for those who try to conceive. This is also part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is one of the well-known ingredients that Dr Christine

  1. RejuvaFlow

This supplement will help you to ‘build the blood’ so that your menstruations period will be regular/normal again. Once your menstruation cycle becomes regular, then healthy cervical mucus production will be restored. This will increase the fertility level also for those who try to conceive.

  1. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

This has been used by many Chinese people since thousand years ago and has been proven that some of the herbs can enhance the fertility level. At Dr Christine Cui clinic we have our own TCM and they are plant based. This will also improve the blood flow in the pelvic region and nourish the body and balance your hormonal level. We can ensure you that there will be improvement in the body once you have started to take this Chinese medicine.

Stage 3.   Acupuncture and Fertility massage

Once the body has been healed and menstrual cycle has been restored, then the cervical mucus will also be produced. The couple can try to do some acupuncture or fertility massage to improve their fertility level.

At Dr Christine Cui clinic, we offer acupuncture for couples who want to conceive. The acupuncture stimulation of the reproductive, endocrine and neurological systems is aimed at ensuring an internal environment that supports reproductive health, fertility, healthy conceptions for women and men.

For women, Acupuncture not only stimulates the body’s ‘happy hormones’ (Endorphin), providing natural pain relief and easing anxiety, but also stimulates the normal flow of energy (Qi) through the body, providing a safe, drug-free and highly effective method for restoring mental, physical, emotional and hormonal balance.

Discover more about our range of services and treatment options by contacting our team and find out why people from North Melbourne to Sandringham visit Dr Christine. Make an appointment by calling (03) 9820 8651 and we will be happy to discuss your requirements and arrange a consultation. You can also leave your details in our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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Male Fertility – Azoospermia Fertility

Usually there is 1 in every 20 males have some kind of infertility. There are different kinds of cases of male infertility such as; different shapes, no tails, two heads or no sperms at all. The male infertility usually cannot be seen with the naked eye.  A semen test is required to see if there is a sign of infertility.

There are many different causes of male infertility; however, we will focus on Azoospermia fertility in this article. Azoospermia Fertility happens when there is virtually no sperm count in each ejaculation.  This kind of infertility in men only present in 2% of the average male population.

The causes of Azoospermia Fertility

Now that the other causes of male infertility explained, we will discuss the main causes of Azoospermia fertility:

  • Genetic
  • Injury to the genitalia
  • Blockage in genitalia
  • Surgery effects on the male reproductive system
  • Infection to male reproductive system
  • Miscellaneous causes such as; illegal drug use, steroids or antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption.

In short, the causes of male infertility are due to either sperm transport or sperm production. There is the possibility of not having sperms at all and the cause of this is because lower semen level.

The cure and treatments for Azoospermia Fertility

Depending on the cause of male infertility, the cure can be from getting prescribed medications to surgery.

For example; if there is blockage in genitalia, then the doctor will suggest you to go for operation.

Acupuncture in conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine can also part of the cure for Azoospermia fertility when the cause is due to hormonal problems.

According to the article wrote by Bidouee F, Shamsa A, Jalali M. regarding the“Effect of acupuncture on azoospermic male”, they tested a couple who was trying to conceive. He went to 2 acupuncture treatments every week for 10 weeks. The results shown that his sperm count has increased to 10 million/mL with 10% good and progressive motility and 60% normal shape.

Another research also proved that acupuncture is effective. The research was conducted by Siterman regarding the effect of acupuncture on 26 males with azoospermic fertility. The result shown that seven out of 26 patients had sperms in their ejaculation and surprisingly 4 out of 7 had a sperm count of nearly 100 million/mL.

Another study also conducted by Jason Z Kremer, when analysing the treatment of male infertility to obstructive Azoospermia with Acupuncture and Moxibustion had a positive result. This case report documented a 33 year old male with a history of 10 year obstructive azoospermia and receives acupuncture treatments. Just after three (3) times acupuncture treatments in conjunction with TCM, the couple conceived naturally without any medical assistance.

In conclusion, acupuncture in conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine can increase sperm count because it improves blood flow in testis area. Hence, acupuncture can become cured to patients with azoospermia fertility.

Mixed couple and baby

Where to get help and what symptoms do you need to recognize?

It is significant to get a semen test before you can conclude that one male has no sperm count. However there are few symptoms such as:

  • When ejaculate, the volume is low or has strong odor
  • Unusual color of greenish, yellowish, red or brown tinted (blood may be present)
  • When semen is thicker or thinner than normal

If you need consultation or assistance or enquiry please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you.

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Recovery After Women Gave Birth To A Child


How husband can support his wife after labour and conceive another one sooner?

mother and babyAfter labour, a mother really need the support from her husband in order for her to recover sooner from delivering a baby. It is not an easy task to take care of newly born baby for 24 hours. The role of a husband here is significant as it can give emotional and physical support for his wife. This will avoid baby blue and eliminate depression.

A husband needs to understand that a mother also needs to nurture. Try to replenish her “love bank” and she will not be “bankrupt”.

These are some examples that a husband can do for his wife:

  • Share workload, especially at night time. Dad can feed the baby while mother asleep.
  • Cook dishes for your wife. Make sure it is healthy and nutritious for both of you.
  • Do not force her to do sexual activity if she is not ready, especially after C-section.
  • Provide her with a bottle of water while she is breastfeeding.
  • Give regular massage or send her to a professional massage or acupuncture for a relaxation and lose the weight.
  • Give encouragement for her and positive words. Assist her in regaining their positive self-image. Do not mention about their stretch marks or say something that makes her feel unattractive.

The impact of labour on women – Healthy labour recovery

Some women can have faster recovery than other; these are some of the impact on women after delivery:

  • Stomach cramps. This means your uterus/womb still contracting to its pre-pregnancy size. Women uterus was about enlarged by 25 times after the baby is born. Therefore, it will need sometimes for the body to recover. The pains may be like period pains but sometimes it can be severe. This can last weeks for the uterus to return to normal size.
  • Poor sleep. A mother who just had baby usually will have very little amount of sleep due to the baby who keeps waking up every 2-3 hours. It is necessary for a husband to share her duty so that she will have enough energy.
  • Low energy/lethargic. As mentioned earlier poor sleep will cause a new mum to have low energy. Therefore, if possible, when the baby sleeps, a mother need to sleep as well.
  • Stretch marks. This is variable with all women, but it will definitely appear on your stomach. However, you can try to eliminate it by coconut oil or olive oil or other products such “Palmer’s Cocoa butter massage cream”.
  • Leaking wee. It is common to have leaking wee, especially when you cough, laugh or sneeze because the pelvic floor was under great strain.  It is recommended to do pelvic floor exercises at least 2-3 times a day to restore pelvic muscles back to normal. The midwife/nurse usually will teach you how doing it with the right techniques.
  • Swollen Feet and ankles. The feet and ankles are swollen due to excess fluid that moves around inside the body. However, you still need to drink plenty of water to prevent constipation.

The other recommendation after labour:

  • Always keep the feet warm, it is recommended that women after labour do not walk with bare feet because the negative energy can travel easily into the body through meridians.
  • Eat food that is warm or fruits (preferred stew) .

How acupuncture can treat postpartum/after delivery?

There are several challenges that women need to overcome after labour. These challenges include:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Fatigue
  • Depression/baby blue
  • Haemorrhoids/constipation
  • Bloating
  • Pain and healing from C-section surgery/incision
  • Nonstop uterine bleeding

Receiving acupuncture treatment after labour is as significant as it is before labour.

Acupuncture can help women recover faster from the incision of C-Section. It helps repair the tissue around the incision, muscles recovery and other internal organs, especially the bladder and reproductive organs and improve abdominal core muscles

Acupuncture can also help in eliminating depression by releasing endorphins in the body and make women feel happier. It also helps to balance mood swings, improving blood flow, relaxing the mind and body.

In conclusion, acupuncture combines with Chinese medicine can eliminate the pains and challenges that women experienced after delivery of their baby.

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New Way Approaching Menopause symptoms VS HRT Treatment

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Menopause symptoms?

Menopause is a condition where woman’s menstrual period stop and she is unable to get pregnant naturally. There are some symptoms that women need to watch out for before they experience menopause. The average age of women who have menopause is around 50 years old (this may be vary).

When hormones of estrogen and progesterone starts to drop due to menopause, women will experience the following signs:

  • Hot flushes / Night sweats
  • Mood changes
  • Thirsty
  • Low sex drive / Vaginal dryness
  • Thinning hair and slower metabolism
  • Insomnia / Nightmares Etc.

Hot flushes can produce very inconvenience feeling of intense heat and in some cases can disrupt their pattern of sleeps.

It is still possible for women to conceive although there may be irregular menstruation. It is common thing to have skipped periods during peri-menopause. However, it is also necessary to check whether or not you are pregnant when you have skipped your period.

During the transition from peri-menopause to menopause it is recommended for women to have regular visits to doctor. The doctor will often suggest you to have screenings such as mammography, lipid, thyroid testing or colonoscopy.

What is HRT?

HRT is Hormone Replacement Treatment is a treatment used to augment body’s hormone level, either estrogen therapy or progesterone therapy.  This HRT is usually for women who undergo stage of menopause where the level of estrogen and progesterone drop significantly.  HRT is usually recommended to those who have menopause symptom in late 40.

However, the use of HRT has changed significantly when a large clinical trial found that it actually posed more health risks than benefits for one type of hormone therapy, especially for older postmenopausal women. As there is health hazards about HRT, doctors try to avoid prescribe this to patients. Dr Christine advises that using acupuncture is more natural way in eliminating menopause symptoms.

Menopause dietary advise

  1. Take supplements of Vitamin E, Zinc, magnesium, Vitamin D and calcium. These nutrients can prevent dry skin and normalise hormone levels
  2. Eat rich protein foods such as Turkey, cottage cheese, legumes and oats.
  3. Take calcium as your supplement and try avoid food that are high in phosphorous; which you can find in red meat.
  4. Reduce caffeine, sodium and alcohol
  5. Increase your vegetables, fruits and yogurt consumption. This food is good for your bones.
  6. Soya milk, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, tempeh, tofu, green beens and celery. These foods are high in phyto-oestrogens, which going to help you ease the hot flushes.
  7. Try to eat at least two servings of fish per week, preferably salmon or trout. If this is hard for you, take fish oil daily will help reducing heart disease risk.

How Acupuncture can assist in balancing the hormones and rejuvenating internal organ such as kidney, liver and spleen

Acupuncture with conjunction of Chinese medicine can reduce or eliminate all of symptoms in most of the cases. This treatment has been proved to relieve from mood changes and hot flushes among women who experience menopause.

According to study from journal Acupuncture in Medicine, Turkish researchers investigated 53 menopausal women. Twenty seven women received acupuncture twice a week for ten weeks. The result said that these women have reduced hot flushes significantly because it stabilises the body’s temperature.

Another study from Norway also reported that there is reduced intensity of hot flushes by night and by day with those women who received acupuncture for 12 weeks.

The third study done in larger scale by Prof. Avis and colleagues, with 209 women aged 45-60 who stopped their period for at least 3 months. They received 6 months of acupuncture treatment; the result proved that 36.7 % of them had fewer hot flashes per day compared to before treatment.

Therefore, acupuncture is highly recommended for those who experience menopause and is worth a try especially if you are not willing to get HRT treatment.

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Endometriosis Diet

green dietPainful menstruation could be the symptom of Endometriosis.  Endometriosis is a disorder where endometrium found outside the uterus instead of inside.  It could also lead to infertility issues for those couple who want to conceive. However, the symptoms can be eliminated by having the right diet and healthy lifestyle.

According to research, women with high intake in beef/red meat (ie. every day), most likely to have endometriosis than those who take fruits every day.  Other studies find similar connection between endometrial cancer/fibroids with these eating patterns. Women who ate beef everyday have twice as likely to have endometriosis than those who don’t.

The research also shown that women, who exercise regularly, will have less endometriosis than those who have low activity density. The result shown that women with average of 2.5 hours of high intensity activity such as cycling or jogging were 63% less likely to have endometriosis.

Dietary fat influences production of prostaglandins could lead to higher production of progesterone, which can influence the growth of endometrial tissue. Prostaglandin is chemical that stimulate uterine contractions and influence ovarian functioning. The painful menstruation is actually due to high level of prostaglandins in your body as well as symptoms of endometriosis. It is very important to change your diet to balance the hormones.

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As mentioned earlier, we need to change our diet in order to alter or to balance the hormone of prostaglandins in your body.  The good oils, which are in omega-3 fatty oil group, could lead to good prostaglandin production. Therefore consumption of the following is essential:

  • Oily fish
  • Spinach or other dark green leafy veg
  • Walnut oil
  • Pumpkin seeds

Secondly, increasing fibre intake in your diet can also reduce symptoms of endometriosis.  These foods include:

  • Brown rice
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, cabbage
  • Whole grains
  • Oatmeal
  • Beans
  • Fruits
  • Mustard green

Last but not least you can also focus on reducing inflammatory foods such as: Sugar, red meat, fried food, processed food, alcohol and dairy products , food with high saturated fats/oils, eggs, cakes and chocolate.

It is also recommended to take vitamin and mineral supplements as these are best source of balanced diet and many of our todays food lack of essential elements. The vitamins that are best to eliminate symptoms of endometriosis include the following:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Selenium

In conclusion the best diet to eliminate symptoms of endometriosis include plant based diet, lesser red meat intake, more fruits and vegetables,  focus on reducing inflammatory food and taking vitamins and mineral supplements.  It is highly recommended to do regular exercise up to three times a week as well to improve your wellbeing. From our clinic experiences, we can have maximum results by having healthy diet in conjunction with acupuncture to eliminate the pain of endometriosis and increasing the chance of conception.

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Natural Fertility

Excited couple finding out results of a pregnancy test sitting on the bed

At Dr Christine Fertility Clinic, we encourage women to conceive naturally by going to regular acupuncture treatments combine with Chinese herbal medicine.

We believe that women should monitor their body temperature in order to know when they start to ovulate. This is the best time for a couple to make love because this time is known to be the most fertile for women to conceive. Now that you know that waiting for ovulation period is important, the next step is to identify when you will be ovulating.

How do you know when you are ovulating?
Here are some of the signs:
• Mucus changes
• Vaginal Secretions of cervical fluid (ie. Increase stretchy fluid)
• Change in body temperature
• Change in sex hormones

The duration of ovulation is usually between 6 to 12 hours. If you are still unsure, it is also good to check with ovulation pee sticks.

Acupuncture Role to assist in natural fertility

1. Maintaining regular menstrual cycle.
Acupuncture can increase the flow in the pelvic area and therefore eliminating any blockages and treating hormone imbalances. The hormone imbalances can result in stress, endometriosis as well as irregular menstrual cycle. Eliminating this issue can improve the chance of being fertile.

2. Improving well-being and overall health for men and women.
Since the blood flow has increased because it has been stimulated through acupuncture, automatically the body can get better nourishments. The blood carries nutrients such as, sugar, oxygen and hormones. When the blood circulation is enhanced, the vital functions also become better and hence, improve the couples’ ability to conceive.

3. Strengthening the uterus lining by stimulating the blood flow to the uterus, enhance the possibility of conception.
This is also important for women who are in first trimester, as it will reduce the chance of miscarriages. Therefore, acupuncture is necessary in the first trimester not only during the process of conception.

4. Acupuncture combine with Chinese Herbal medicine (TCM), can give nourishment for both the fetus and women who try to conceive
Chinese herbal medicine (TCM) can stimulate blood flow in pelvic region and also improve vital organ function. By combining acupuncture and TCM, couples have higher chance to conceive.

5. Acupuncture can treat Endometriosis symptoms and increase chance of being conceive
Endometriosis is condition where the blood does not flow to the areas it should be. Professional acupuncturist is able to points to areas of the body where blood flow in pelvic region can be improved. Therefore, nourishes them with correct amount of hormones, oxygen and nutrients.

6. Balance the hormone and release endorphine levels, reducing stress and increase level of happiness.
The levels of testosterone in women need to be reduced if a woman is trying to conceive. Acupuncture can assist by regulating hormone imbalances and reduce testosterone level.
Not only the level of testosterone reduce, the endorphine levels also released; which results in less stress and increasing the ability to conceive.

7. Increase the quality and quantity of sperms
Over the past decade, the quality of sperms in men is reduced due to stress, imbalance hormones and other factor. Therefore, it is necessary for men to do acupuncture as it will impact the couple to conceive. According to research, men who received regular acupuncture (2 times a week) has better quality of sperms and increase the quantity as well. Hence, there is higher chance of conception for the couples who would like to have baby.

Success Rate
According to Dr Kenneth Snell from IVF Acupuncture Clinic in NSW, said that out of the women who received acupuncture treatment regularly, 70.8% of them conceived naturally. Not only that, he also said that 72% of them were aged between 30 to 40 years old. Therefore, do not lose hope if you already over 30 or 35 and has not been pregnant yet, there is still chance for you to conceive naturally.

At our clinic, we are able to assist you with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, recurrent miscarriages, male infertility, stress and anxiety problems, post-natal depression, natural induction labor, IVF acupuncture, unexplained infertility, low ovarian reserve, hormones imbalances and ovulatory disorders.

Call or email Dr Christine Cui to discuss the use of Acupuncture Treatment and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of female or male infertility: +61 3 9820 8651or info@medccc.com

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How lifestyle can impact male infertility

Man Holding Up an InfantHow lifestyle can impact male infertility

It has been known for centuries that women always blamed for the cause of infertility that happened in couple.  However, did you know that male factor happens to be solely responsible for 50 % of the infertility cases? Therefore, it is important for both couple who try to conceive to put effort in maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order for them to succeed.

Apart from having a regular acupuncture in order to increase the sperms counts as well as to improve quality of sperms, it is equally important for male to guard their lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle can increase the sperms count and hence enhancing the chance for couple to conceive.

First of all, we need to clarify some of the jargon that we will discuss in this article.  They are as follows:

Sperm count is a measure of the number of sperms per ejaculation, used as an indication of a man’s fertility. The higher number of course the better, and hence increase fertility.

Sperm motility is an important part of semen analysis in order to check how fast the sperms are swimming.  The faster would be the better sperms and increase fertility.

Sperm morphology is percentage of sperms that appear to have normal shape. This means that the sperm is not abnormal such as having misshapen head or crooked or double tail.

So what is the connection between male lifestyle and the sperm counts, motility and morphology.

Destructive lifestyle can lead to unhealthy body and therefore reducing the sperms counts, motility and morphology in men. Hence, the male fertility can also be affected, resulting in low level of testosterone and difficult for couple to conceive. The reason why sperm counts are low is because of the following:

  • Stress. It is important to keep a low stress level, as stress can produce toxic to male hormone; which will reduce the sperm counts and fertility level.
  • Alcohol
  • Overweight / Obesity
  • Zinc deficiency
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Smoking

 

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It is also recommended for men to consider taking supplements/food that can improve male fertility :

  1. Folate and Vitamin B12
  2. Zinc
  3. Vitamin C
  4. Coenzyme Q10
  5. L-Carntine
  6. Omega 3
  7. Arginine deficiency, which can cause low sperm count and motility. Foods that are rich in arginine include shellfish, spinach, turkey and seeds.
  8. Vitamin E
  9. Lycopene can
  10. Soy foods
  11. Thyroid function
  12. Coenzyme Q10

In conclusion, healthy parents will produce healthy babies and therefore It is important for both parent to take participate in conceiving.

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Post Natal recovery through Acupuncture

Post Natal

Our acupuncture fertility clinic is not only focusing on fertility for couples who want to conceive, but we also focus on helping new mothers for post-natal recovery through acupuncture.

Acupuncture promotes the health of overall well-being for both the mother and baby. There are many things that acupuncture can offer you such as:

  • Recovery from baby blues or depression

It is common for new mothers who experience with the baby blues or depression.  Acupuncture can help by releasing endorphin into the body, which then makes the new mother feel happier and less stressed. It is also recommended that the mother receive extra treatment by taking Chinese herbal medicine to manage their well-being further so that the baby also can benefit from breastfeeding.

In short, acupuncture can help mothers to boost their self-esteem, endorphin levels, reduce anxiety and therefore recover from the baby blues.

  • Promote production of breast milk

Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for new mothers who have an insufficient supply of breast milk.

It is important for mothers to keep continue breastfeeding even if there is only small amounts while receiving acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. The reason behind lack of breast milk is because there is not enough nourishment to support the mother’s health.  Other circumstances that affect mother’s health include long labour with excessive blood loss and birth trauma.

Acupuncture combines with Chinese herbal medicine is an effective tool to further nourish women’s body and regenerate mother’s blood as well as the body fluids.

  • Eliminate stress and promote happiness

Stress can make the chemical and hormones in our body imbalance. Acupuncture treatment assists mother to have a balance hormone by releasing ‘qi’ (life force) and stimulating areas in the body that are affected.  Once the hormone is balance, endorphins released and stress will be eliminated through regular acupuncture treatments.

  • Avoid mastitis

It is recommended for new mothers to breastfeed their babies in their first 6 months. However, this can be very traumatic experience for new mums who experience mastitis (inflammation in breast tissue). This caused by blocked milk duct that has not been cleared. The consequence of having mastitis is there will be insufficient flow of breast milk for breastfeeding, high fever, massive pain and inflammation.

Acupuncture not only can prevent mastitis, it can also be used to treat mastitis. Professional acupuncturist knows the specific points on the body that correspond with the diagnosis in order to accelerate the healing process.

Hence it is necessary to have acupuncture treatment as well as doctor consultation to ensure mother will not have further breasts infection. Through acupuncture, new mothers can be rest assured that they will be free from mastitis.

  • Decreasing Fatigue

As new mothers it is very difficult to find free time during the day. However, it is very important to set aside the time for themselves to recharge their body through acupuncture. By doing acupuncture treatment, mothers can have their own relaxation time, decrease fatigue, reduce stress and automatically transfer the happy hormones into the babies (for those who breastfeed).

  • Handling difficulty in urinary and postpartum pain

Acupuncture can eliminate the pain of postpartum and at the same time diminishing the urinary problem for new mothers.

  • Get slimmer body and healthy weight

Last but not least, this is the best part of acupuncture for new mothers who want to get back in shape. Acupuncture has been effective in treating women to get their healthy weight or return to their previous weight before having the baby.

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Male Fertility and Acupuncture

Male Fertility

Male Fertility

The role of acupuncture in male fertility is very essential as it will increase the sperms count as well as improving the quality of the sperms (motility, numbers and shape). Over the past decade, male infertility has been known to be responsible for couple with difficulty in conceiving. According to study, there was 87% of sperms were rejected from sperm bank, meaning only 13% accepted due to low quality of sperms. (Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

There are many other alternatives for couple to conceive, including IVF or IUI procedures. However, these alternatives are usually expensive and there is no guaranty of success. With Acupuncture, not only it will increase 65% of success rate with IVF acupuncture treatment, but it will increase up to 90% live birth.

In regards to male infertility, acupuncture can increase the number of sperms as well as the quality of sperms; which then leads to successful conception.
The way acupuncture assist couple in conceiving include the following:

• Promotes blood flow
Just the same as women, acupuncture can increase blood flow in pelvic region; it can also promote circulation of blood to reproductive organs in men. As a result, it will increase oxygen and nutrients through the whole body for reproduction cell improvement.

• Diminish stress level
Acupuncture can reduce men stress level by stimulating part of the body that is affected. This includes balancing neurons cells in the brain as well as reproductive organs.

• Develop Endocrine System Function
Endocrine system produce secrete hormones that regulates primary functions in the body; which also include reproductive organs. These hormones then promote body’s growth, metabolism and sexual development and function.

Professional acupuncturist can stimulate the correct meridians in the body to boost endocrine function, improve overall well-being and increase the chance conceiving.

Other relevant factor

The other factor can also impact male’s infertility is the age factor, not many people aware that men over 40 can have an impact to difficulty in conceiving.  However, sperm quality can be improved with regular consumption of Chinese herbal medicine.

Secondly, it is also recommended that both couples conduct regular acupuncture treatment to boost chances of conceiving.

Evidence

According to research of Quantitative evaluation of spermatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male infertility, proved that quality of the sperms has significantly increased after acupuncture treatment. The result also shown that there is a significant improvement in acrosome position and shape, nuclear shape, axonemal pattern and shape and accessory fibers of sperm organelles (source: “Fertility and Sterility” by Pei J et al Fertil Steril. 2005 Jul;84(1):141-7).

There is further evidence proven from Archives of Andrology by Siterman S et al Arch Androl. 1997 Sep-Oct;39(2):155-61; which also shown that infertile men with abnormal semen analysis can benefit from acupuncture due to improvement in total functional sperm fraction, percentage of viability and motility of sperms after receiving acupuncture treatments.

In both cases, group of men researched were doing two times a week of acupuncture treatments for five weeks period. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that infertile men should do acupuncture at least two times a week in order to have an effective result.

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