Acupuncture and Sub-fertility


Out of Edmonton, Canada today is the story of Shane and Charlene Bissonnette, a married couple who had tried for six years to have a baby. They looked into IVF, but were frustrated with the cost. “Around 2004 I started taking fertility pills and they just made me all crazy,” said Charlene Bissonnette.

Then her mother told her about fertility treatment through acupuncture and taking Chinese medicinal herbs. The treatment was less expensive and less invasive than IVF or endocrine therapy. And as a Catholic couple, the process is approved by the Catholic Church.

Chris Hogan, an acupuncturist from Edmonton, commented on the emotional journey of the infertile couples he treats like the Bissonnettes. "You get this myriad of different ways of how people handle it. The female is usually more emotional because she has more instinct to have a baby. It's an emotional roller-coaster ride," he said. It usually takes six to twelve months for the treatment to show results.

Five and a half months after starting the traditional Chinese treatment, Charlene was pregnant.

Clearly IVF is an important option for women with physiological challenges or structural deficiencies. But, for couples who cannot identify the source of their infertility, this may be another solution to creating a family. In Canada, 70 per cent of those undergoing IVF have problems that are classed as "unidentified”, said Hogan. For many of those couples, they resort to IVF because, as Hogan described, they have an "I-want-a-baby-now mentality."
Hogan proclaimed, "I don't know why they call it infertility. I like to call it sub-fertility. We're trying to get people to understand that this isn't a panic button. You're just trying to have a baby. Your fertility, my fertility, has waned in and out all our lives without us ever noticing it, but is often very connected to our health. Health and fertility are the same thing."

Source: Western Catholic Reporter


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