Recurrent Miscarriage and Chinese Medicine
Miscarriage can be more frustrating than infertility because it is harder to find the cause of it and it has fewer treatments / medications than other conditions which cause infertility.
Sometimes a woman's immune system, which is supposed to protect her from invaders like viruses and cancers, can turn against certain aspects of her own reproductive system. When the immune system becomes hyper vigilant, it can prevent the expression of certain proteins and glands in the uterus, which are necessary for implantation, no matter how fertilization is achieved. Further, the immune system can form antibodies against certain cellular components, and attack an embryo, not allowing it to implant and grow.
Some women have certain conditions where clotting of the blood nourishing the baby during pregnancy is not suppressed. Regardless of the appearance of these immunologic factors,
whether they are diagnosed as antinuclear antibodies, antiendometrial antibodies, anticardiolipin antibodies, antiphospolipid antibodies, anti-lupus anticoagulant, or the expression of the MTHFR gene; the immune system must be retrained so it knows which aspects of self/non-self are safe and which are harmful. Chinese Medicine considers this a process of clearing excess conditions of heat, stasis, stagnation, or dampness, while tonifying the spleen system of energies, which is responsible for our internal immunity.
This frustrating diagnosis is difficult to find resolution in Western reproductive medicine. They simply won't believe it exists. Yet, we have had patients, who after IVF's numbering over twenty (some with their own eggs, some with donor eggs) still do not find success until their immune system is calmed down and retrained. Some of these autoimmune conditions can affect your health and wellbeing; do not allow them to go unchecked. Again some of these conditions may not be able to be diagnosed or verified through blood tests or other infertility tests. One of my patients, after 4-5 years, had three IVFs, and one miscarriage. On her last IVF, she produced more than 10 fertilized, healthy embryos, but after two transfers, she still did not conceive. She went to three infertility specialists to run all of the tests they could think of, but nothing could be found wrong. With acupuncture treatments, they transferred, what she called, “the long last embryo” and got pregnant. I have patients that have had more than 4-5 miscarriages, and then conceive on their own and have healthy babies after acupuncture treatments.
We recommend natural infertility treatment for recurrent miscarriage via Traditional Chinese Medicine along with a mind/body program in order to develop life skills which minimize the effects of stress, grief and anxiety associated with infertility and their continued effects against reproductive health.
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