Infertility or the inability to conceive can be devastating both physiologically and psychologically to both women and men. There are a great many causes in infertility, including:
- Sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia trachomatis
- Damage to the DNA, usually from smoking, radiation, chemotherapy and drug use
- Genetic or hypothalamic-pituitary factors
- Environmental factors, such as toxins, solvents, silicones, chemical dusts, pesticides and tobacco smoke (even in second-hand smoke)
- Other factors such as adrenal disease, thyroid disorders, and diabetes mellitus
- Low semen quality in men as a result of endocrine problems, radiation, infection, drugs or testicular malformation
- In women, there are a many possibilities including uterine problems, age-related problems, tubal blockage, tuberculosis and others
Perhaps the most common and well-known cause of infertility is that of polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS in women. Its cause is uncertain but it is theorized to be due to genetics and lifestyle. A family history of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance are known to increase the risks of having PCOS.
Unfortunately, it is usually undiagnosed. The symptoms are often hidden or overlooked. Some symptoms include a gain of weight or appearance of acne, especially near the time of menstruation; hyper-hirsutism or excessive hair growth on areas other than the head; and alopecia or loss of hair on the head.
Only medical tests, such as ultrasound, can determine whether or not a woman has PCOS. Unfortunately, this often leads women to seek medical treatments to correct this condition. I say unfortunately because there are other options, most especially traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, which comprises acupuncture and herbal medicine.
A study published by the U.S. National Institute of Health and conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine showed that TCM was twice as effective as Western medical drugs over a four-month period. A later study by the same group demonstrated specifically that acupuncture improved menstrual frequency and lowered testosterone in women having PCOS. Other studies have been conducted in the U.K. with similar results.
Currently, it is estimated that 12% to 18% of women in their reproductive years in Australia are suffering problems of fertility due to PCOS. Infertility does not have to be devastating; it can be cured with acupuncture and/or herbal medicine. You do not need to suffer any longer; you can begin to feel good once again. Get yourself diagnosed and treated today.