How Chinese Medicine can help you conceive over the age of 40
Many couples suffer from fertility issues, and it is a well-known fact that fertility diminishes with age. But if you are over 40 and trying to conceive, you shouldn’t lose hope. The ancient art of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture may be able to help.
When and Why does a Woman’s Fertility Decline?
Every woman is born with a fixed number of eggs and with every menstrual cycle, this number is reduced. Therefore, a woman’s fertility is at its peak during her 20s, a time when many women do not feel ready to start a family.
Unfortunately, fertility begins to decline rapidly after the age of 35. At the age of 30, a woman has a 20% chance of conceiving every month, but by the age of 40, this can fall as low as 5%.
What Fertility Issues do Women Over 40 face?
Women over 40 face a number of challenges when it comes to fertility. They may suffer from a low ovarian reserve which can be identified by low AMH (anti-mullerian hormone) and high FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels.
Traditional Chinese Medicine for Fertility
Around the world, as many as 9% of couples have difficulty conceiving. Receiving a diagnosis of infertility can be extremely stressful, and this stress will only make it harder to become pregnant. Many couples choose to undergo assisted reproductive therapies such as IVF, and more and more people are now turning to Chinese medicine and acupuncture to help along with IVF.
Couples with fertility problems are more likely to get pregnant using traditional Chinese medicine. In fact, research has shown that couples using Chinese herbal medicine are twice as likely to conceive within a four-month period and that acupuncture could potentially halve the time it takes to become pregnant.
If you are already trying to conceive, we are sure you will have come across terms such as high FSH and low AMH. These female reproductive hormones are an indicator of your ovarian reserve. With age, your FSH levels naturally increase as your AMH levels fall, and it becomes more difficult to conceive.
However, Chinese medicine can offer hope and give you an opportunity to extend your reproductive window, helping you to reach your full fertility potential
A Chinese Medicine View of Fertility Over 40
According to TCM, your uterus, ovaries, and reproductive hormones are part of the Kidney system.
In Chinese medicine, the Kidneys role is far more complicated than just filtering water. The Kidneys are responsible for growth, development, reproduction, and birth. They are seen as the source of all yin and yang within the body, and also store a substance known as jing.
Jing translates as “essence” and it is this vital substance which governs our ability to conceive. Every person is born with a fixed amount of jing, much like every woman is born with a fixed number of eggs. Your jing is naturally depleted throughout the course of your lifetime, making it harder to conceive as you grow older.
You can supplement your jing and make it last longer by living a healthy lifestyle, and by using Chinese medicine and acupuncture. When treating fertility issues with TCM, one of the most important principles is to nourish the Kidneys. This will help to restore your jing as well as benefiting your uterus and ovaries, thus increasing your chances of getting pregnant.
Traditional Chinese Medicine for Conceiving Over The Age Of 40
Acupuncture can help to improve your fertility in a number of different ways. As well as nourishing your Kidneys and boosting jing, acupuncture is known to:
Increase blood flow to the uterus and reproductive organs
Reduce the negative effects of stress
Improve egg quality to help with conception
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have already helped many couples to conceive. You can read some of our past patients’ fertility success stories here.
Herbal Medicine (Food Supplements)
If you find yourself over 40 and wanting a child, it is important to make changes to your lifestyle. Adopting habits that slow down the ageing process and help you preserve your fertility is one of the best ways to increase your chances of success.
Improving your diet, exercising regularly, using supplements, Chinese herbs, and acupuncture can all help. It is always best to consult a TCM expert so that they can make a professional diagnosis and tailor this advice to suit your individual needs.
Here at GinSen, we can provide you with a personalized plan and help to guide you through your journey to reach your full fertility potential.