It is estimated that one in six couples will have difficulties starting a pregnancy. For some couples there may be an identifiable problem while for others the reason seems unclear.
Some men have few or slow-moving sperm; some women have an irregular cycle or suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); others may have a history of early miscarriage or endometriosis; or there may be a history of previous infection or termination.
Other hormonal problems such as low thyroid function or adrenal insufficiency may interfere with fertility. Stress can also play a big factor in a couple’s ability to start a pregnancy.
There have now been a number of studies which have shown that complementary therapies can have a very positive effect in improving the fertility of either or both partners. At Healing Thyme we can advise you about diet and supplements and answer your related questions.
Traditional Treatments for Fertility
According to Chinese Medicine the emotional and physical health of both partners in the period leading up to conception, as well as the overall health of the woman during pregnancy and the birth, contribute to the constitution, health and well being of the child.
Chinese Medicine (of which acupuncture is a part), considers that fertility issues and symptoms such as those in pregnancy can be a sign of energetic disharmony within the human system, and has its own diagnostic system through which to understand an individual’s imbalance.
This additional perspective is a valuable part of the Acupuncture process, and together with a western understanding of health and disease enables the Acupuncturist to provide a truly individual approach.
Acupuncture can be used alongside conventional medicine, and also when the use of drugs is contraindicated.
Research fact sheets can be found on the British Acupuncture Council website
www.acupuncture.org.uk including those about Female fertility, Male infertility, Infertility ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology), Obstetrics, Puerperium (the first 6 weeks after birth), Pre-menstrual syndrome, Stress, Nausea and Vomiting, Dysmenorrhoea, Endometriosis among others
The holistic approach in herbal medicine can help to gently rebalance reproductive hormones which have been disrupted due to stress, illness or nutritional factors.
A similar rebalancing approach can be used for both PCOS and endometriosis. Any history of infection or termination may benefit from herbs which help to stimulate the pelvic blood supply and de-congest the pelvic tissues.
An inability to relax can benefit from a range of herbs, all of which can be used safely to help both partners alleviate anxiety and stress.
Dr. Bach Flower Remedies
Dr. Bach Flower Remedies for emotional healing and support may help to reduce stress and anxiety caused by failing to conceive. Relaxation can be a very valuable way of preparing for a pregnancy. The Healing Thyme practitioner will prescribe your personalised treatment bottle of Dr. Bach Flower Remedies.
These drops are taken orally 4 times per day and are recommended as safe during pregnancy. In the last 18 months there have been 5 delighted parents following this regime combined with Reflexology. The Dr. Bach Centre free leaflet “pregnancy and childbirth” is available free of charge from Healing Thyme.
A 45 minute Reflexology foot treatment may help to balance the hormones regulating reproduction. In addition, where there is no known physical cause, Reflexology may help to reduce the stress and tension caused by the absence of a baby.
Relaxation can be a very valuable tool in preparing for a pregnancy. The Healing Thyme practitioner may also prescribe a personalised treatment bottle of Dr. Bach Flower Remedies for emotional healing and support. These drops are taken orally and are safe during pregnancy.