Information & Treatment of Infertility in Vancouver Canada
Female, 35 years old (PCOS with insulin resistance)
Western diagnosis: Infertility caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) with insulin resistance. Thyroid is normal.
Family history: Diabetes and Cancer.
Other current health conditions: Asthma, headaches, sleep apnea, jaw pain.
She experiences a regular cycle that lasts 28-31 days. Her menses usually last about 8 days; day 1 is spotting, the next 2-3 days are heavier, and the last 3-5 days are very light. The blood is thick with stringy mucus, sometimes dark or purple-brown, and contains clots around days 2-4. She experiences cramping pain that is worse with massage on day 1 and 2 that is relieved once the clots are passed. Pre-menstrual symptoms include cramps, acne, headaches, moodiness, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. She feels ovulation pains and reports stretchy clear fertile vaginal mucus approx. 75% of her cycles. She has taken a total of 8 years of oral contraceptives, but has not been on them for over 2 years at present. She also reported some white watery vaginal discharge, other than around ovulation. She has never been pregnant. Her partner is supportive of the decision to conceive, her sex drive is normal, she does yoga 3 times per week, has a stressful job, and is more than 20% over her ideal bodyweight.
Other symptoms include low back soreness, ringing in the ears, premature graying of hair, hot flashes, sometimes scanty vaginal mucous around ovulation, cold feet especially at night, urgent loose bowel movements early in the morning, pre-menstrual lower back pain, fatigue, general loose stool that tends to be urgent, cold hands but body feels warm, feels heavy in the limbs, foggy thoughts, bruises easily, poor circulation, prone to over-think, get light headed when get up too quickly, dry flaky skin, chapped lips, brittle nails, hair loss, poor night vision, numbness of the hands and feet on the left side, red hemangiomas spots on skin, prone to depression, irritability, wake early in the morning and have trouble getting back to sleep, palpitations, diminished spirit, restless and fidgety, dry throat, thirsty for cold drinks, feel warmer that others around her, night sweats.
Tongue was generally pale with a purple hint in the body with teethmarks.
Her pulse generally displayed deep and slippery qualities.
Chinese Disease categories: Infertility, menstrual movement pain (PMS), painful periods, diarrhea, fatigue, insomnia, back pain.
Treatment outcome: Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese herbal treatments were administered for 13 weeks, at which time she called to inform of a positive pregnancy test.
Notes: just 2 weeks before conception, she had made a major decision to make a positive transformation in her life relating to her work environment.
'Infertility Health Information Organization President'
Lorne Brown, R.TCM P., DTCM
Lorne Brown is a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist.
His practice, Acubalance Wellness Centre Ltd. is located in Vancouver BC Canada.
He is committed to, and experienced in treating infertile couples and Women's Health.
A few words from Lorne...
"Cultivate the soil before planting the seed.
While infertility may appear to be the core problem, it is actually the manifestation of a deeper underlying imbalance. Through our approach of creating a healthy and fertile body, we correct the imbalance and leave it to the body to do what it was created to do: live in vitality and be fertile. Our overall goal is to prepare the body for conception and pregnancy.
Architects will tell you that the foundation is the most important aspect of a building or a home. Much like everything in life, the key to successful conception is also a strong foundation. While it is important to live a healthy lifestyle once you have conceived, it is even more important to do so during the 3 months leading up to conception, since this period will determine the health of the sperm and egg that will eventually become your child.
There exists a Chinese parable about "cultivating the soil before you plant the seed." This parable with respect to infertility is one of the cornerstones of our approach. It can be better appreciated by using the following example.
You have a very health plant growing in a healthy pot of nutrient rich soil. You also have an unhealthy-sickly looking plant that is shriveling up in poor quality overly dried soil. You switch the two plants from their respective pots and you place the shriveled plant in the healthy, moist soil and you maintain the soil by watering and adding nutrients to it. You place the healthy plant in the dried up soil and you neglect it so the soil remains dry and lacking nutrients.
What do you think would happen to the two plants?
There is a good chance that the healthy plant will begin to shrivel and die in the poor soil and the sick plant will recover in the nutrient rich soil. We learn from this story that the health of the plant is dependent on the quality of the soil. At our clinic we concern ourselves with cultivating your soil. We do this by creating a healthy and optimum body environment in each couple, which optimizes the quality of the egg and sperm at conception, as well as providing a blood rich uterine lining favorable for implantation and for nourish a growing fetus for the full 9 months."
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