How I Became Pregnant at 42
Laura* a teacher from London was struggling to conceive naturally. Being over the age of 40 she was aware that age played a part in her struggle however, she had read many success stories online about how alternative medicine, Chinese Medicine, in particular, has helped many women become pregnant even over the age of 40 and some even without IVF. She decided to visit our clinics in London and in just under 3 months we were able to help her get pregnant! Take a look at Laura’s story and which treatment plan we used in helping women over the age of 40 to get pregnant naturally.
Laura had been experiencing irregular period cycle and over the last 6 to 7 months she only had her period twice. She also experienced extreme fatigue, headaches and cramps before the start of her period. Her test for menopause and fertility showed that her FSH levels were extremely high and detected no ovulation.
Female, age 42
Chinese medicine accompanying with acupuncture, cupping and herbal tea to increase the chances of conceiving naturally – for over the age of 40.
Western Medicine Diagnosis
FSH high and no ovulation
Chinese Medicine Diagnosis
Liver Qi Stagnant and Liver Yang Excessive
Qi and Yin deficiency
Examination according to Chinese Medicine:
Tongue: Red Blue and Small body
Pulse: Weak and Thin
Other background information:
She had irregular periods, for the past 6 to 7 months her periods occurred twice per month with bleeding lasting for 2-3 days, no clotting, but colour was dark. Before her periods she experienced cramps and other PMS symptoms such as, headaches and breast tenderness. During ovulation there was often no discharge. In general, her periods cycles were short between 15 – 21 days for the last 6 to 7 years due to fibroids.
She was on the contriception pill for 6 – 7 years.
Treatment Plan for Laura:
Acupuncture: Twice a week, 30 minutes per session
Natural Chinese Herbal Medicine: Twice a day, 100ml each time 30 minutes after a meal
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The aim of the treatment
Based on the Chinese Medicine belief, Laura was diagnoised with Liver Qi Stagnation and Excessive Liver Yang along with Qi and Yin deficiency. Therefore, in her case the aim of the treatment is to use methods that smooth Liver Qi, eliminate excessive Liver Yang and toxic heat along with unblocked energy channels.
Liver is known to have around 500 functions, hormones are also known to be regulated by the Liver. In this case the Liver is in charge of ensuring period blood flow. Liver Qi in charge of Qi free movement. When you are stressed , Liver function will be damaged, or stress caused Liver excessive Yang leading toxic heat. The Liver will lost in charge of duty, in resulting of irregular periods or blocked energy channel. Blocked Energy channel will cause poor blood circulation and pelvic area inflammation, in resulting to fibroid . Further more is infertility.
Nourishment Yin, increasing Qi, balance hormone level through TCM theory to balance Liver in Qi, Yin and Yang aspect.
Along with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine we recommended some dietary changes along with some lifestyle changes to help get her body prepared.
In Chinese Medicine, it is believed that when we consume on day to day basis will alter our body temperature. To improve fertility we always recommend eating warming foods, the philosophy behind this is that a warming diet builds the body’s qi and blood and gives your body strength to conceive.
For example, it is good to consume vegetables but refrain from eating cold salads instead we recommend choosing cooking your vegetables. In line with the temperature of the food you consume. We also recommend eating a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eating fish especially oily fish, at least twice a week ( about 8 ounces/ week). Limit intake of saturated fats, oils and sugars.
Tea and coffee should also be avoided if you are trying to conceive, instead, we recommend having tea made from Ginseng slices – Ginseng slices can be purchased here.
It is also best to avoid alcohol, however, red wine is small amount is considered acceptable but better avoided to see the best results.
We also recommended consuming red meat frequently, foods that are dark, red like blood are blood-building foods and are good for fertility.
Try to exercise regularly, we encourage more gentle exercise such as foam rolling and dynamic stretching.
When you feel like your body needs a rest, rest – it is easy to fall into the trap of talking about resting instead of actually resting. Relaxation exercises such as qi gong, tai chi, meditation along with yoga and pilates foster yin and help to recharge and rebuild your body’s energy,
A rested body is better prepared for the herbal supplement programme, go to bed early and have a good nights sleep. If you are always on the go schedule some time each day for you to rest. A relaxed body on a supplement programme increases your chances of conceiving.
*name of the patient has been amended for privacy purposes
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