Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 40, Issue 9, September 2011

Traditional Chinese medicine Women’s experiences in the treatment of infertility

Ann Alfred Karin Ried
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Infertility affects about 15% of couples. Many women proceed to reproductive clinics for in vitro fertilisation, with some exploring a range of alternative or complementary options. We explored women’s experiences with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for the treatment of infertility.
Our study highlights the need for patient centred care and fertility education, and suggests that some women see a possible role for TCM as part of infertility management.
Women appreciated the noninvasive diagnostic techniques TCM practitioners used to identify ‘imbalances’ causing infertility, learnt how to assess fertility indicators, and valued the focused personal care provided. All noticed improved menstrual cycles. Women wished for integration of holistic therapies in infertility management.

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