Chromosomal abnormalities in the older patient
It is the female reproductive age rather than the FSH level which is the main determinant of egg/embryo quality.
At thirty-years-old about twenty-five to thirty percent of mature eggs/embryos will have structural and numerical chromosome abnormalities (aneuploidy). At forty years of age the incidence is about 60%. At forty-two-years-old approximately seventy-five percent and at forty-five-years old, approximately eighty-five percent.
From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective this is caused by a reduction in the health of the reproductive environment which occurs as a result of decreased blood circulation due to the aging process. With reduced blood flow to the reproductive organs, oxygen, nutrients and hormonal delivery are reduced.
Insofar as IVF is concerned, a progressive increase in the incidence of embryo aneuploidy lies at the root of declining IVF success rates, increased miscarriage rates and an increase in the incidence of birth defects such as Trisomy 21 (Down's syndrome).
One of the most important desired outcomes of acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment from the perspective of treating the individual seeking assistance in conceiving is the enhancement of blood circulation to the reproductive environment.
Significance of improved blood circulation on pregnancy outcomes
Blood delivers nutrients from the digestive system to all parts of the body.
Blood transports oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body including the fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus. Acupuncture and herbal medicine facilitate this transport. This action will immediately improve the health of these organs and increase the reproductive function.
Blood transports carbon dioxide from all parts of the body to the lungs for excretion. Since acupuncture and herbal medicine assist in this 'house-cleaning' function, circulation is enhanced, the removal of toxic-waste from your body is increased and your general health and well-being is improved.
Blood transports waste products from cells to the external environment mainly via the kidneys. These waste products are found everywhere in the body including the fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus. Acupuncture and herbal medicine often seek the 'strengthen' the energy of the kidneys. This action can greatly improve your reproductive health.
Blood transports hormones from the endocrine system to target cells or organs within the body including the hypothalamus, anterior pituitary and ovaries; the three essential organs necessary to achieve pregnancy.
Course of Treatment
By treating hundreds of patients suffering with infertility who have had success after intervention with acupuncture and herbal medicine, we find that the most effective treatment regimen consists of two acupuncture treatments weekly. Acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment have a cumulative effect not unlike that of psychotherapy, physical therapy, dieting and exercise. All of these mentioned modalities are more effective when engaged in at the frequency of two to three times weekly.
This treatment protocol has shown a significant increase in pregnancy outcomes.
We frequently see a reduction of structural and numerical chromosome abnormalities (aneuploidy) with our proprietary acupuncture and herbal medicine protocols, great conception rates and reduced occurrences of miscarriage.