Dr. Tan Shen - Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
BURRARD ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC
phone: 604-669-8865
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Infertility

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of trying, or six months, if a woman is 35 or older. Women who can get pregnant but terminate early, may also be classified as infertile.

About 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States, ages 15-44, experience difficulty getting pregnant or maintaining pregnancy.

Both women and men could have reasons leading to infertility. About one-third of infertility cases are caused by women's problems, another one third of fertility problems are due to the man, and the remaining third of reported cases are a result of combined male and female problems or by unknown explanations.

Most problems in the male population can be due to varicocele, slow movement of the sperm, abnormal shape of sperm, and low count of sperm.

Most causes of female infertility result from problems with ovulation and blocked fallopian tubes, in addition to physical disorder of the uterus.

Women 35 or older should consult their Western doctors to get an examination and advice after six months of trying to conceive. A woman's chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after the age of 30. Some health problems also increase the risk of infertility, especially in the case of irregular periods, cramps, habitual miscarriages, pelvic inflammation, and stress.

Western doctors will do an infertility check-up, involving a physical exam. The doctors will also ask for both partners' health and sexual histories to determine possible causes. However, most of the time, the doctors will need to undergo more testing such as: checking ovulation by blood tests, and/or ultrasound, HSG (Hysterosalpingograph), and Laparoscopy, etc.

Infertility can be treated with Western medicine, surgery, artificial insemination, or assisted reproductive technology (ART). There are a few common medicines for correcting ovulation, for example: Clomiphene, hMG, FSH, Gn-RH, Metformin, Bromocriptine, etc. If these drugs are not successful, doctors will use IUI (Intrauterine insemination), IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), ZIFT (Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer), GIFT (Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer), and ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection).

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture effectively enhances the fertility process by bringing the whole body into a balance and harmony. TCM and acupuncture help to reduce stress and regulate and nourish the reproductive system in both women and men. Fertility is not solely about the physical organs of the body, but rather about the overall health and wellness of the mind and spirit, illustrating consistency with TCM thinking/philosophy.

Significant signs of improvement in fertility issues have been recognized in patients who receive TCM and acupuncture by increasing the chances for natural conception. These alternative treatments work in conjunction with Western medicine therapies, such as: Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and increase the success rate. In terms of men's reproductive problems, traditional methods also provide noticeable improvements. Based on many years of research and clinical observation, doctors of both Western and Chinese medicine believe that Chinese medicine and acupuncture offer better quality for the pelvic environment by way of improving blood flow, balancing hormones to normalize ovulation, enhancing egg development, establishing regular menstrual cycles, fertilizing the uterine lining unblocking tubes, clearing toxins, etc.

TCM and acupuncture treatments are recommended for at least 3-6 months to optimize conception, resulting in a healthy pregnancy and baby. Devotion and time dedication to TCM and acupuncture will truly enhance the probability of producing healthy offspring and in turn, enriching your life.

Dr. Tan Shen received her Master's Degree training from Dr. Mian Zhi Wang, a prominent Chinese medicine doctor, who was a specialist in the field of gynaecology (1932-2009). He was reputed as the 19th generation of his family practice in Nan Tong, China, and worked at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 1956 after an exclusive official invitation. Dr. Tan Shen was one of only three individuals to have the honour of being his student and apprentice in 1983. During those 3 years, she obtained an intense review of Chinese medicine theory through his expertise, accompanied him throughout patient treatments, and gained a unique and extensive experience for treating gynaecological disorders and infertility.