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Lifestyle and Fertility

imagesAbout 10 to 15 percent of the couples in the world suffer from infertility. Lifestyle factors play an important role in fertility. Lifestyle factors are ways of life and modifiable habits that can influence one’s well-being and health, which includes fertility.

Lifestyle factors could include; weight, psychological stress, smoking, alcohol and caffeine consumption, etc. One should consider changing the bad lifestyle habits prior conceiving a child. We will look at how lifestyle factors could affect one’s fertility.


Weight

It is shown that ovulation is heavily affected by excess body weight. Recently, a study also shows that excess weight also decreases the chance of pregnancy, and increases the probability of experiencing a miscarriage. Having an unhealthy weight can cause hormonal imbalances and create a problem in ovulation. It is the same with men, obese men are 3 times more susceptible to reduced quality of sperm.

It is suggested that before you attempt for conception, to exercise regularly, even it is as simple as walking for 30—45 minutes a day or swapping sugary drinks and alcohol for water.

If you are currently pregnant, maintaining healthy weight gain is also very important, as excessive weight gain is linked with a number of pregnancy complications; high blood pressure, blood clotting, gestational diabetes, and risk of miscarriages. And also, babies born to overweight mothers have increased risk of long-term health problems, and obesity in the future. Trying to lose weight during pregnancy is not recommended, as it will negatively affect the IQ level and the growth of the baby. However, it is definitely possible for the overweight women to gain less pregnancy weight than women with a normal weight with, without affecting the offspring,\


Stress

Stress is one of the most well-known conditions in societies nowadays. It could be physical, social or psychological. Moreover, nowadays, women also work not any less than men, pursuing a career, dream, and financial stability. While there is nothing wrong with that, stress that is resulted from shouldn’t be ignored.

Infertility itself could result in stress as well. It could take place in different forms, such as; societal pressure from family and other people, failures, treatments, diagnosis, etc.

In a research, it was shown that women who scored the highest level of stress had ovulated 20% less eggs than those who were less stressed.

Acupuncture and counselling are proven to help reduce the symptoms of stress and helped improve depression, anxiety and stress. A study from University of York consisted of 755 people with moderate to severe depression, concluded that both acupuncture and counselling have lowered down the depression scale from an average of 16 out of 27, to 9 for acupuncture and 11 for counselling.


Smoking

Cigarette contains more than 4000 chemicals in it and the effects are associated with a number of potential health complications such as cardiovascular diseases, lung cancer, and also a possible decrease chance in infertility.

Men who smoke tend to have lower total sperm count, motility, density, normal morphology, and lower semen volume. In women, research showed that reduced ovarian reserve is higher in women who smoked than in non-smokers women with the same age, and similar fertilization and pregnancy rates. It is highly recommended to stop smoking prior to preparing to conceive, and also during pregnancy, as it may lead to miscarriage.


Caffeine

Sources of caffeine vary from tea, filtered coffee, to energy drinks. Australia citizens are known with their love for coffee, especially here, in Melbourne. While drinking coffee is enjoyable, the amount of caffeine consumption should be closely monitored as it may affect the fertility rate.

The women who miscarried or had a stillbirth in their study had an average of 145 mg of caffeine per day, and women who had live births consumed an average of 103 mg per day, indicating that there may be a narrow window for caffeine to impact fertility.


Radiation

Nowadays, almost everyone has their cell phone on them at all times. The time spent on the screen has also increased dramatically over the years. It is true that cell phone has increased the effectiveness of the communication system these days. However, it does not come without negative effects.

A number of studies have shown negative effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic waves (RFEMW) created by cell phones on fertility. The usage of cell phone has also been associated with decreases in progressive motility of sperm, its viability, and sperm count, and an increase in abnormal sperm morphology. One study evaluating 52 men demonstrated that men who carried a cell phone around the belt line or hip region were more likely to have decreased sperm motility compared to men who carried their cell phones elsewhere or who did not carry one at all.

 

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The Role of Enzymes in Fertility

What are Enzymes?

Enzymes are biological molecules that catalyse or speed up the rate of chemical reactions. Enzymes are important as they are needed in order for a chemical reaction to occur at rates sufficient for life.

Concentration and strength of enzymes in the bodies affects the ability of the bodies to repair injuries, repel disease and sustain body’s homeostasis.  Lack of supply of systemic enzymes will result in impairment in digestion, scar tissue, poor reproduction, respiration and blood coagulation.


Types and benefits of enzymes

Some enzymes play an important role in acting as anti-inflammatory agent, which help to break down substances in blood that cause inflammation and infection. This is important as fertility issues, such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and uterine fibroids are caused some examples of chronic inflammation. The examples of these enzymes are serratiopeptidase (serrapeptase) and bromelain.

Other enzymes help breaking down fibrin, the substance that builds up scar tissue. Scar tissue is caused by various reasons, such as pelvic surgery, damage to fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids,etc.

Amylase is an enzyme which breaks down carbohydrates, and assists in regulating blood glucose levels. It is crucial in promoting healthy blood and environment within female reproductive organs, therefore is important to achieve healthy fertility.


How to increase enzymes?

Enzymes could be found both in fresh fruits and also in supplements.

Fruits like papaya, pineapple, mango and bananas contain enzymes to aid in breaking down of substances.

Pineapples contain Bromelain, which helps to break down proteins into amino acids.

Papaya contains Papain, which aids in reducing symptoms such as IBS and bloating.

Mango contains Amylase, which helps to break down complex carbohydrates into simple sugars. This will optimize digestion and absorption of nutrients in the body.

As cooking destroys enzymes, consuming more fresh fruits will be helpful. When supplemental enzymes are taken, the enzymes will signal the pancreas to lighten production. This will result in the ‘unused’ pancreatic enzymes to be allocated to other needs in the body through the blood system.

Together with the consumption of herbal medicine, enzymes will help break the herbs into the fundamental building blocks to be used by the body efficiently, helping the spleen to do its job. This will help the body to gain Qi and balance. Hence, increasing the chance of fertility.

 

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Other Alternatives to IVF

Fertility specialists usually recommend couples who want to conceive to try other alternatives first before going for IVF. Not only IVF procedures can be very expensive but it also takes lots of effort and can be painful. This article will discuss other alternatives to IVF for couples who want to get pregnant.

What are the alternatives out there other than IVF?

  1. Acupuncture

acupunctureAcupuncture is one of the best traditional procedures that couple use for getting pregnant. Nowadays, it has been proven by research that acupuncture is very effective in preparing couples toward IVF or natural pregnancy. Acupuncture will enhance blood flow to the uterus and increase beta-endorphin levels in the body. It will also improve the quality of semen as well as eggs. Acupuncture normalises the dysfunction of Hypothalamus Pituitary (Ovarian Axis), which then enhances ovarian function and creates more follicles and improves egg production.

Acupuncture for fertility treatments can also regulate menstruation, improve ovarian function, reduce stress and balance the endocrine system.

Dr Christine is specialised in acupuncture for fertility for over 25 years now. It is recommended for a couple who want to get pregnant to try at least 3 months of acupuncture before going to IVF.

  1. IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)

iui-success-ratesAlso called as artificial insemination, is done by placing sperms (partner or donor) through the neck of the womb (ie. cervix) into the woman’s uterus. This procedure is similar to Pap smear and is not painful. It is believed that it would be easier for sperms to reach the egg if it placed inside the uterus.

According to research, the success rate is around 10 to 20% for women with age below 40 in one cycle. If the cycle is increased up to 6 cycles then it could reach up to 80% success rate.

In addition, the cost is much more affordable than IVF. In Australia, IUI is eligible for Medicare rebate. The out of pocket cost will be around $1,901, whereas, in the US, the cost of IUI starts from USD 633. In comparison to IVF which cost around $10,000 per cycle, this could save lots of money for a couple.

  1. Natural herbs or Chinese Medicine (TCM)

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for hundreds of years and has been proven effective for couples who want to conceive. It is best to use Chinese medicine in conjunction with acupuncture.  According to the study, when combining IUI with TCM and acupuncture treatment, the success rate of getting pregnant increased to 65.5% in comparison to those who did not receive acupuncture or herbal medicine.

  1. ZIFT and TET (Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer and Tubal Embryo Transfer)

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Women will need to undergo controlled ovarian hyper-stimulation using fertility drugs to produce multiple eggs. Then, these eggs are collected as well as male sperms. After fertilisation has taken place in the lab, then the embryo is transferred into the Fallopian tubes. In ZIFT, eggs retrieved and fertilised on one day and transferred the following day; whereas TET gives few more developmental days before it is transferred.

  1. GIFT (Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer)

GiftGIFT follows the same procedures as ZIFT and TET at the beginning stage. However, the sperms and eggs are collected and then mixed together but no effort is made to fertilize the egg in the laboratory. After this, the combined material then placed in catheter via laparoscopy and injected into woman’s fallopian tubes. The couples then hope that the fertilization will happen naturally inside women’s uterus.

Last but not least, it is highly recommended for couples who want to conceive to adopt a healthy lifestyle. This means drinking less alcohol, less coffee, regular exercise and having healthy diet meal plans. You can find many articles on this website that can be used as a reference for your healthy meal plans. Taking acupuncture treatment in conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine is highly recommended as this will boost your immune system, reduce stress as well as increase blood flow to the uterus and improve eggs and sperms quality in the long term.

 

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How Chinese Medicine Enhance Fertility ?

chinese-medicineChinese medicines have been around for more than 2000 years and have improved well-being for so many people around the world. There are so many functions that couple can benefit from Chinese medicine as well. Some of the benefits include the following:

  1. Enhance fertility

The Chinese medicine can improve egg quality of women and therefore enhance fertility level.  As women grow older the egg counts are lower and egg quality may be lower too. Dr Christine can tailor treatments accordingly and give a prescription for the couple who want to conceive.

Furthermore, Improve the conditions of women who experience PCOS, endometriosis and other ovulation problems. Chinese medicine can enhance regular menstruation for women with PCOS. Acupuncture in conjunction with Chinese medicine can also treat patients with endometriosis, fibroids, UTI, thrush and uterine bleeding. By improving these conditions, as a result, it will increase the chance of getting pregnant.

  1. sleep coupleImprove the quality of sleep

Chinese medicine can also improve the quality of sleep of couples. They have seen some improvement after taking Chinese medicine in the first few weeks.  These couples could sleep better and even reduce blood pressure.

     3. Improve digestion and mental health.

Chinese medicine can improve the spleen function as well as kidney, therefore, it improves digestion and mental health in couples. In TCM, the spleen is the source of qi and blood supply, which responsible for distributing the nutrition and food to all of the body. Deficiency in spleen ‘qi can result in symptoms such as tiredness, loss of appetite, loose stools, abdominal fullness, indigestion, feeling moody and breathlessness.

By having Chinese medicine, your spleen function can improve and the nutrition will be distributed evenly to the whole body. As a result, this will improve your mood, mental health and digestion.

  1. Reduce the severity of cold symptoms

It is common for people to catch a cold and taking medicine during the first trimester is not recommended. Chinese medicine (TCM) is safe for couples who are in the first trimester or trying to get pregnant. Depending on which stage your cold is, if caught in early stages acupuncture and TCM can be very effective. Chinese medicine in conjunction with acupuncture can improve a couple’s immune system.

For example, in a Wind-Cold attack, acupuncture needles are placed in acupuncture points that eliminate Wind and dispel Cold and in points that treat symptomatic conditions such as a runny nose and stiff neck. This depends on each individual condition, each diagnosis requires different acupuncture points. For patients with weakened Qi, acupuncture may be used to strengthen the Qi at the same time.


sperm 5.Improve the sperm quality

According to research acupuncture with a conjunction of Chinese medicine can have a promising result of being pregnant. Men infertility account for almost 50% in infertility between couples. Therefore it is significant for men to have both acupuncture and Chinese medicine as well. Chinese medicine can increase the quality of sperm level and improve fertility in men.

   6. Increase blood flow in the pelvic area.

Acupuncture together with Chinese medicine can improve blood flow in the pelvic area and therefore can enhance fertility for couples.  According to research, TCM has promising effects in improving blood rheology, inhibiting aggregation of platelet, forming advanced glycation end products (AGEs), regulating oxidative stress, reducing blood fat, and improving lipid metabolism.  This means, not only a couple will benefit from enhancing fertility, but TCM can also treat patients with diabetes mellitus and will reduce the blood fat.

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Four Ways to Combat Hay Fever this Spring

As spring is here, hay-fever-or-cold--how-to-tell-the-difference-136389813945102601-140501164859many people have started experiencing the symptoms of hay fever. Hay fever, which is also known as allergic rhinitis, is caused by the nose or eyes getting contact with allergens; such as pollen, dust mites, or animal hair. It is an allergic reaction , where the immune system perceives the harmless objects as ‘dangerous’ , and therefore producing mucus, as the nasal passages become inflamed.

 

A lot of people will tend to rely on antihistamines as the quick way out to relieve the hay fever symptoms.  However, studies have shown that antihistamines could affect fertility negatively as it decreases the blood flow to the uterus. Recently, a study shows that over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines could cause the reduced count of sperm, and its quality, also lower production level of male sexual hormones in the testicles.

However, don’t worry as there are still many other ways to combat hay fever this spring:

  1. Monitor the pollen count

With the advancement of technology these days, we can now track the pollen counts through number of applications, such as a weather app. The weather app will tell you the number of pollen based on your location via GPS. It will help you to plan your day, whether to take extra protection, or avoid outdoor activities when the pollen count is high.

  1. Consume more Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the best natural antihistamines, and it is easy to be found in fruits and vegetables, or supplements. Vitamin C helps reducing the amount of histamine secreted by white blood cells. In a study, participants were given intranasal spray containing vitamin C, and were asked to use it daily. After two weeks, more than 70 percent of the participants have found decreased nasal blockage and secretion.

  1. Consume Horseradish and Garlic

In addition to the consumption of Vitamin C, both horseradish and garlic are known to relieve hay fever symptoms. Horseradish has been used to relieve mucus congestion and clear nasal passages. It also helps breaking down the mucus in order for it to be expelled easily from the body.

Garlic is an excellent source of quercetin, which is natural anti-histamine. It has been used for thousand years in increasing immune system, and helps relieving nasal congestion and help preventing the symptoms from getting worse.

These two ingredients could be easily added to meals, or consumed separately in the form of supplement.

  1. Try Chinese Medicine and acupuncture

As it was mentioned before, hay fever is caused by an over-reacted immune system of one’s body. It is triggered by the imbalances in the body. It is also caused by the weakness of one of the organs in our body; such as spleen and kidney. Spleen system is very important as it affects the ability of one in digesting and absorbing the nutrients from food. Kidney deficiency is very common these days, as most people tend to get stressed out and experience adrenal fatigue.

Chinese medicine will not only help relieving the symptoms, but also help addressing the underlying cause of one’s condition and treat it directly. Regular treatment will help re-balancing the yin and yang in the body, thus help improving one’s health and immune system.

Acupuncture is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an effective treatment that helps easing symptoms of hay fever. A research shows that those who experienced acupuncture improved the most compared to those who have antihistamines.

When both acupuncture and Chinese medicine are combined, it will reduce the symptoms frequency and intensity as the treatments are carried on. It will help strengthening the Qi flow, therefore improving the quality of life.

As each treatment and Chinese medicine formulation is tailored to each patient’s condition, it will attack the underlying cause, and help improve one’s immune system to not over-react to allergens.

 

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Healthy Diet Benefits for Infertility

Food and nutrition play a crucial role contributing to a healthy body and reproductive system. In fact, the building blocks for hormones are found in the food we consume. For instance, antioxidants in certain foods assist in protecting the egg and sperm from free radicals. In the other hand, chemicals added to some foods could be harmful to your health and fertility.
It was found that the increasing consumption of sugary sodas and fruit, starches, red meat and trans fat is a big factor contributing to the rising of infertility rates nowadays. According to Dr. Walter Willett M,D., our bodies digest bad carbs (cookies, cakes, cereals, sugary drinks, chips, and white bread) quickly, and turn them into blood sugar. Insulin is then released from pancreas into the bloodstream in order to drive down the blood-sugar spike. Previous studies showed that these high insulin levels could inhibit ovulation. It also showed that women with the highest glycemic load (measure of amount of bad carbs eaten and how quickly they’re turned into blood sugar) were more than 90 percent more likely to have ovulatory infertility than those with the lowest glycemic load.

 

What is a fertility diet?
A recently-performed study by Harvard showed an 80% decrease in infertility with lifestyle changes made by switching to a fertility diet.

Fertility diet is the type of diet which includes foods that are rich in certain nutrients needed for hormonal function, production and balance, fetal development, egg and sperm health, and many more. This diet is designed to aid your body in balancing existing fertility issues, and also building up the nutrient stores and constituents for a healthy child.


Fertility Diet Nutrition guidelines

Eat a lot of organic vegetables and fruits

Harmful herbicides and pesticides in conventional produce have been shown to negatively affect both male and female fertility.

Male exposure to pesticides is linked to altered sperm quality and sterility, while female exposure may interfere with puberty, menstruation and ovulation, and fertility. Studies have also shown organic vegetables and fruits to have more nutritional values.

Choose organic and grass fed meat

Cattles that are raised conventionally contain high levels of added hormones and antibiotics leading to the domination of estrogen.

In the other hand, grass fed meat is low in saturated fat, and is a good source of protein and essential fatty acids.

For you who have endometriosis, it is suggested to reduce the consumption of red meat has there is a correlation between high red meat consumption and endometriosis.

Eat high fibre foods with each meal

High blood sugar levels can be regulated with increasing the consumption of high-fibre food.

This can help to reduce fertility issues such as PCOS and induces healthy hormonal balance. High fibre foods are beans, dark leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, and wholegrain and wholemeal products.

Drink lots of clean water

It is strongly recommended to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of clean, purified or filtered water daily.

The best waters to choose from are reverse osmosis and distilled.

It is not recommended to have bottled water as there are higher chances for it to contribute to hormonal imbalance as there might be estrogen mimicking chemicals in it. Avoid tap water, as it might contain traces of harmful pesticides from agricultural runoff.

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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.

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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

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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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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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