Infertility is an increasingly common problem that can have a huge effect on the affected people. Although IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) is often considered by conventional medicine to be the answer, the relatively low success rates, expense and side effects mean that for many people complementary therapies offer a realistic choice. This section describes some of the therapies and therapists working at Woodland Herbs who have chosen to specialise in the treatment of infertility.
Infertility in both male and females can be treated using Medical Herbalism . Impressive results have been seen by improving eating habits and addressing other important factors for both male and females. This can include addressing factors such as obesity. Where an underlying cause requires treatment with herbs, a medical herbalist should be consulted to ensure appropriate herbs are used. Due to the nature of the reproductive process and the way herbal medicine works, what is suitable for one person may not be suitable, or may even be detrimental to another. Hormone balancing herbs may be considered appropriate in some instances, or a mix of herbs and supplements to address sperm motility or other issues.
There is a lot of documented evidence and research that shows that Acupuncture can be extremely helpful in the treatment of infertility. It has been shown to improve uterine blood flow, lower FSH levels, regulate menstrual cycles, help with conditions such as endometriosis, anovulation, and to improve general health. Acupuncturists including Paula Wilson have found it to be beneficial to women going through medical treatment such as IVF and believe that it helps with stress levels as well as the treatment itself. Depending on the situation, Paula usually recommends a course of treatments for at least one cycle and she also uses acupuncture as someone is actually undergoing IVF during stimulation, and before and after transfer. For a recent review of research view: Infertility and Acupuncture (146K)
!!<Although these acupuncture and herbalism can focus on infertility, other issues such as stopping smoking can also be addressed to increase chances of a successful conception and birth.
What to do next?
The choices faced can often be bewildering and it can be helpful to discuss your needs with a potential therapist. We can arrange for you to speak to any of our therapists by telephone or a short discussion in the clinic. This shoudlallow you the chance to decide what to do and to ask questions. Our medical herbalists and acupuncturist may also work together to offer a combined treatment programme if desired.