It seems that infertility is on the rise year after year, or at least more couples are diagnosed with infertility while the infertility business skyrockets worldwide.
According to the CDC USA data:
- Number of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity (impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term): 6.7 million
- Percent of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity: 10.9%
- Number of married women ages 15-44 that are infertile (unable to get pregnant after at least 12 consecutive months of unprotected sex with husband): 1.5 million
- Percent of married women ages 15-44 that are infertile: 6.0%
- Number of women ages 15-44 who have ever used infertility services: 7.4 million
Amongst alternative therapies there are various claims about potential causes for infertility ranging from dietary to behavioral, social and psychological factors. Men are said to suffer infertility due to elevated body temperature from hot baths and wearing silk underwear, vitamin deficiencies, cellphone radiation, work hazards, stress, alcohol consumption, heavy metals, smoking, old age, elevated cortisol levels and emotional oppression. Women are said to suffer infertility due to factors such as low calcium, hormone imbalances, STDs, poor diet, high cholesterol, lack of good fats, thyroid deficiency, synthetic vitamins, soy consumption, excessive use of pain medications and birth control pills, excessive loss of blood during menses and anxiety .
The modern business of medicine revolves diagnosing a problem after it has formed and then offering a possible solution or a “procedure.” But does such a medical strategy conform to the wish of ordinary men and women? A deeper look into the root of health and medicine is due.
In today’s world, men and women increasingly wake up to the ancient Chinese medicine notion that prevention is better than treatment. It is better to find ways maintaining one’s health, fertility and longevity than become infertile or sick and seek treatment for it. “But,” one may ask, “if I can’t get pregnant already, how does ‘prevention’ work?” In reality, ‘prevention’ does not stand opposite to ‘treatment’, it is not ‘either or’. Prevention means that we investigate the reason why a problem occurs (the cause) and we alter it to restore harmony, thus we prevent the problem from taking place. Treatment means to develop a technique or an action that stops the body from reacting to the cause. By analogy, think of it in the following way: When a child throws a ball and it hits a glass then the glass breaks. The root cause for the glass breaking is the child throwing the ball. Prevention means teaching the child not to throw the ball at the window, whereas treatment means patching the glass back together. One will use prevention before it happens and treatment after it happened. This is how we normally perceive prevention and treatment. However, stopping the ball before it hits the glass or moving the glass before or even as the ball hits it is called an active prevention. It is a prevention performed after the problem has begun, but it does not involve patching a broken glass.
There is active prevention for infertility after this seemingly problematic situation has started. The reason that infertility numbers are consistently rising and have now reached an epidemic proportion is because the “treatment” oriented infertility industry needs more broken glass to deliver more procedures.
In reality, many INFERTILE Couples are at the stage where the glass has not yet broken and the ball did not hit. Active prevention will serve best at this point (stop the ball or move the glass). Couples should know that when they walk into a modern infertility clinic the first thing they hear is “your glass is broken!” and “you need a treatment!” This happens by default as the entire modern medicine institution is geared toward ‘disease and treatment’. There is no ‘preventing the problem’, they assume, since the couple can’t get pregnant and the glass is “already” broken.
You may ask “if a woman can’t get pregnant, how is the glass not broken?” The answer lies with one’s belief and conviction. A couple, after unsuccessfully trying to conceive for 6 months to a year, will visit an IVF clinic. Up to this point they don’t believe that they are infertile (that the glass is broken), but as soon as they leave the IVF clinic they now are convinced that they are; a doctor confirmed it. This has nothing to do with the glass being truly broken or not. It may be that before seeing the doctor there was one small obstacle preventing pregnancy, using our analogy, a ball flying toward the glass, but the glass is not broken. Even though unable to conceive yet there is only a small disharmony. One can catch the ball or move the glass and this entire problem resolves and natural conception takes place on its own, the way it should be. Off course, there are times when the glass indeed is broken and natural conception is not possible. IVF, for such cases, may be the best course of action.
To recap, many couples categorized today as ‘infertile and requiring treatment’ are actually not infertile. They are categorized like this because it is a standard procedure; “if you can’t get pregnant on your own within 6-12 months then you are infertile.” Many “infertile” couples are able to conceive on their own without treatment, and if intervention is needed they only require active prevention and not treatment.
Highlighting this case is the following example. Assuming a person cannot get pregnant for 12 months, but then they decide to add coconut oil to their diet, and three months later they conceive successfully. This person is and was not infertile. They fixed the problem with a minor modification. Changing one’s diet does not constitute a treatment. It is prevention and not an intervention. So why would this person be diagnosed as infertile to start with? The answer, one already knows, because it is a standard procedure. When a woman cannot conceive for 12 months the doctor diagnoses it as ‘infertility’ even if the glass is not really broken. Take for example the ‘unexplained infertility’ diagnosis for nearly half of all infertility patients. There is no broken glass, the doctor doesn’t know why the person cannot conceive and still there is an infertility diagnosis requiring treatment.
In the Hunyuan centers there are many couples who are not infertile (glass is not broken) and yet were diagnosed as infertile. They were told that they had to undergo procedures, many of which failed multiple times and even so they drank Hunyuan herbal teas, composed mostly of food grade organic herbs such as cinnamon, licorice and ginger and then they conceived on their own, naturally, without retrieving eggs, fertilizing, manipulating and freezing them. Herbs and acupuncture do not constitute ‘patching-glass treatment’ and just like coconut oil they belong to active prevention (stopping the ball before it hits or moving the glass). They adjust the body to recover its own harmony.
The problem’s scope is neither small nor limited to infertility. People are told all their lives that they are or will get sick, their body will get broken and there will be no other recourse other than treatment. When a person receives an “infertility” diagnosis at the IVF clinic, it feels normal like all the other diseases we were told we will be inflicted with all our lives. This is why most people accept it without doubting it. Don’t accept it! Your body’s self-healing powers are tremendous. Most of the time the body is even not really broken, small adjustments can fix it. Why must a person “fix” the glass before it is broken?
So how should a couple navigate the best course of action to actively prevent infertility? First, keep believing in yourself that you can do it. Do not let yourself fall into the automatic post-12-month diagnosis of infertility. Aim to adjust your life style, diet, emotional and psychological state for the better. These measures often help with prevention. At the end seek the help of Hunyuan practitioners to assist you with active prevention and natural conception. Hunyuan herbal teas and acupuncture move the ball and glass to their optimal position. Natural conception can then take place.