that the majority of my patients seek treatment with Chinese medicine after they have gone through the treatments with assisted reproductive technology. Many times, the reason for their treatment choices is simply lack of good quality and consolidated information about natural treatment options that are available to them. The initial treatments that most of my patients are exposed to are invasive, emotionally and financially draining and with significant side effects. Needles to say, Western medical treatments have their place and are sometimes the only real possibility for a number of couples wanting to conceive. However, I believe that a large number of patients could benefit from trying less invasive, more affordable and natural treatments before they embark on a more complex journey with Western medicine. Every patient is unique and has different needs at different points in her/his life. Every patient should make their own choice on what kind of treatment is appropriate for her/him. However, having enough information is crucial in making an educated choice. Many times couples spend a lot of money and take drastic measures when simple natural methods could have been just as effective for them. On the other hand, some couples spend too much time pursuing natural methods of treatment when their only possibility for conception would have been the use of assisted reproductive technology.
When Should I Seek Treatment?
Statistics indicate that without using birth control, 25% of couples conceive in 1 month, 60% within 6 months, 80% after a year and 90% by 18-24 months. A woman’s peak fertility occurs between ages of 20 to 25, it becomes less optimal after 30 and tends to be the lowest after 40. Similarly in men, male fertility is optimal in mid 20s, less optimal in his 30s and starts declining in his 40s even though it never terminates completely.