The natural alternative to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) by Olivier lejus


The Ori­ent­al med­ic­al altern­at­ive to In Vitro Fer­til­iz­a­tion (IVF)


Accord­ing to the latest fig­ures from Aus­tralia, and New Zea­l­and, in 2011, the suc­cess rate (live birth) per In Vitro Fer­til­iz­a­tion (IVF) cycle was only 17%(1). In addi­tion, the required con­stant hor­mon­al treat­ments can be very phys­ic­ally and men­tally tax­ing, and it is quite com­mon for women to have up to sev­en cycles of IVF before they either suc­ceed or finally give up the pro­ced­ure which can cost up to $10,000 per cycle.

Of course, when a phys­ic­al obstruc­tion is stop­ping a woman get­ting preg­nant, and a sur­gic­al pro­ced­ure is required, West­ern medi­cine should always be the first port of call. Oth­er­wise many couples are now con­sid­er­ing a very effect­ive, nat­ur­al, and much cheap­er altern­at­ive which had been able to pro­duce hun­dreds of mil­lions of healthy babies for many cen­tur­ies.

Tra­di­tion­al Chinese Medi­cine has been treat­ing gyneco­lo­gic­al dys­func­tions with acu­punc­ture and herb­al rem­ed­ies for over 2500 years. In the field of repro­duct­ive medi­cine, hor­mon­al prob­lems are seen as the reflec­tion of an imbal­ance which is affect­ing the body’s capa­city of pro­du­cing a child. The Chinese herb­al medi­cine, taken in cap­sule form, is clas­si­fied accord­ing to its qual­it­ies, and actions on the dif­fer­ent organs of the body. Some of the herbs act on the secre­tion of cer­vical mucus to facil­it­ate the sperm jour­ney to fal­lopi­an tubes; oth­ers stim­u­late the uter­us or increase the pro­duc­tion of the hor­mone pro­ges­ter­one in the luteal phase.

West­ern repro­duct­ive medi­cine is very skilled at nav­ig­at­ing the obstacles which are stop­ping the preg­nancy, without attempt­ing to resolve the cause of these dys­func­tions.

As an example, if a woman is unable to pro­duce a suf­fi­cient amount of the hor­mone estro­gen in her ovar­ies, mod­ern med­ic­al tech­no­logy can intro­duce syn­thet­ic estro­gen into her body, but that syn­thet­ic estro­gen doesn’t provide the same pro­tec­tion from dis­ease. This can increase the risk of breast, and uter­ine can­cers.

Also, intro­du­cing an extra sup­ply of arti­fi­cial estro­gen sends a mes­sage to the brain that pro­du­cing these nat­ur­al hor­mones is no longer needed. So the body’s abil­ity to pro­duce gradu­ally decreases and more syn­thet­ic estro­gen has to be injec­ted to keep the sys­tem work­ing.

In con­trast, the Chinese herbs used in med­ic­a­tions for estro­gen defi­ciency stim­u­lates the brain to increase the pro­duc­tion of these nat­ur­al hor­mones.

Ori­ent­al medi­cine treats infer­til­ity by reg­u­lat­ing the body’s nor­mal response. While the pro­cess is a lot slower, and a min­im­um of three months of weekly treat­ments is often required to achieve preg­nancy. It is a lot gentler, cost-effect­ive, and in many cases a lot more effect­ive.

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Olivi­er Lejus MHSC.BHSc. is a registered acu­punc­tur­ist and Chinese herb­al­ist from Sydney spe­cial­iz­ing in infertility.

About Olivier Lejus

I was born in France and I emigrated to Australia in 1980. I worked as a circus performer, puppeteer and actor before I began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine a the University of Technology of Sydney in 1997. I graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of of science degree in Traditional Chinese medicine. I am now specializing in Japanese style acupuncture for the treatment of female and male infertility, pain, and anxiety.

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