Something to ponder: How can an aging couple in their 40’s produce better sperm and eggs than they did five years prior? In my clinical opinion, it’s called achieving a state of optimal health.
– Acupuncture Today article: “Age and Fertility: Why We Should Worry Less About Age and More About Overall Health”
We at Collaborative Care are pleased to see this article in Acupuncture Today. Our holistic approach to fertility treatment supports couples to achieve optimal health and thus reproductive potential. Many of our fertility patients get pregnant through entirely natural means, and often, in as little as 4 to 6 months. While this timeframe may seem too long for some fertility patients, most of our patients have spent triple this amount of time using conventional fertility treatments with nothing to show for it.
Since the start of our practice in 2007, we’ve seen a variety of fertility patients at very different stages of their reproductive journey – some have attempted In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and/or Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) numerous times, some look to us to integrate our care as they begin IVF, some have recurrent pregnancy loss, and some are finding that it’s taking a little longer than anticipated to conceive naturally and are growing concerned about their ability to get pregnant.
The good news is – we repeatedly see couples of every age and past history that come to us achieve successful pregnancies. Our patients that achieve pregnancies have varying ages and histories, but they all have one thing in common – they all follow our treatment protocol closely and consistently in a supportive and responsive environment. By doing so, these patients bring their bodies to optimum health and greatly enhance their reproductive potential.
Scientific research is starting to catch up to what we have been seeing in our practice for years, as the author of the Acupuncture Today article points out:
There is emerging scientific research that supports the fact that physiological age (meaning how old our cells are) plays a much greater role in fertility (and health) than does chronological age (how many years old we are) (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3857638/; www.rbej.com/content/7/1/101).
The author of the Acupuncture Today article also recognizes the importance of focusing on the patient holistically, and to empower them with the belief that they can reach their optimum health and fertility potential. She says:
The work we do with our patients should be primarily focused upon optimizing health; mentally, emotionally, nutritionally and physically. …. It is part of our job to remind our clients that they can take back the power and improve their health and ultimately their fertility.
We are encouraged by the growing recognition of the importance of treating patients holistically, and empowering women and couples to take control of their health and fertility despite their age or previous history of failed pregnancy attempts.