Success Story: Natural Pregnancy at 42+
Trying to get pregnant: 7+ years
Western Medicine + General Diagnosis:
- Age related infertility.
- Poor egg quality.
- Endometriosis stage 1 – surgery in 2013.
- Low Progesterone levels.
- Low Blood Pressure.
- Low BBT chart luteal temps.
- No previous pregnancies with 6+ years of unprotected intercourse.
- Vegetarian for 20+ years.
Western Medicine Diagnosis of Partner:
No health issues and no concerns with sperm health.
Western Medicine Suggested Treatment:
IVF once with her own eggs as soon as possible due to advanced age.
If not successful then egg donation.
What They Tried Before My Help:
Over the 7+ years they worked on diet, supplements, lifestyle changes, mindset changes and emotional support.
The result of all these changes?
No pregnancy, and Pippa still had all the same health issues.
How I Helped Them:
They came across me speaking at a global online event, and wanted to try to get pregnant naturally for a little longer – and avoid IVF.
They read about my program and felt that my natural Classical Chinese Medicine support might help them.
It was clear from the conversation that I could help, and so we organised the next step:
a 3-hour online health assessment to understand their unique Chinese Medicine Fertility Health Diagnosis.
What We Found Through Their Diagnosis:
Pippa and her partner’s diagnosis were the foundation that showed us exactly what needed to be worked on to increase her fertility health.
Having been vegetarian for 20+ years with potentially poor egg quality, Endometriosis, low blood pressure, low progesterone levels, low BBT luteal temps – we knew we needed to get to the real root of all of this – for either natural or IVF conception.
In the 3-hour online health assessment we:
- 1. Reviewed their medical test results to see what was presenting itself physically and medically.
We found some issues with Pippa’s blood quality and circulation, and a lack of Progesterone too. The blood quality problems showed that there may be an issue with nutrients getting to her ovaries – creating a potential lack of support and nourishment of her eggs, which would decrease her egg quality.
These findings also explained more about why and how she had developed Endometriosis over many years.
- 2. Assessed their health with a Classical Chinese Medicine (not TCM) health review, to find the underlying health balance for each of them.
For Pippa’s partner we found that he had some Qi (energy) deficiency and Qi stagnation symptoms that were mostly stress related – but were not having an affect on his fertility health. We decided that he did not need any treatment, but that he would adjust his diet as guided by me.
For Pippa we confirmed the root cause of her key health issues that western medicine had diagnosed.
We found that she had a Qi deficiency with Dampness, a Blood deficiency, and a Yang deficiency – that were combining to cause her complex issues.
Qi Deficiency and Dampness:
Pippa’s Qi deficiency presented itself with too little energy for her body to function properly. This lack of energy meant that her body was unable to properly break down food, absorb nutrients, create new energy, whilst also causing a build up of fluids in her body (Dampness).
This lack of energy is known as a ‘hypo’ situation in western medicine – a situation of underactivity of the body where it becomes less able to fulfil its functions. When this happens reproduction takes a secondary importance over your general health and well-being, as there is not enough energy for everything to work at its optimum level.
When fluid builds up in the uterus or ovaries it can obstruct ovulation, alter hormone levels, and coat the uterine lining with too much mucus, which makes it impossible for an embryo to implant. Dampness is fluid and waste accumulation that collects in the body over time.
Blood Deficiency, Endometriosis, and Poor Egg Quality:
As Pippa’s Qi (energy) was weak she was unable to properly make lots of healthy red blood cells, and her blood quality declined over many years. This was likely exacerbated by her vegetarian diet of more than 20 years, which is known in Chinese medicine to weaken the blood.
Once the blood quality had declined it was unable to circulate properly.
Circulation of the blood is heavily linked to a good blood quality in Chinese medicine. This poor blood quality started to present with a poor menstrual flow, and the menstrual blood was not released efficiently during menstruation.
When this happens it can cause a ‘retrograde blood flow’ – meaning blood flow is reversed. Instead of travelling down through the uterus and out of the body because of a strong blood flow, it travels up the uterus into the fallopian tubes.
If the blood comes out of the top of the fallopian tubes, it spills into an empty cavity called the pelvic cavity. The problem with this is that the menstrual blood contains lots of little endometrial cells (from the endometrium) that are hormonally active – and should be expelled from the body. If they end up in the wrong place, such as the pelvic cavity, they can attach to other tissue (intestines, rectum, bladder etc) and create the presentation of Endometriosis.
Poor blood flow is a crucial part in the presentation of Endometriosis.
BUT you cannot treat it by only increasing blood flow, as the blood flow issue is mostly due to poor blood quality. Blood quality has to therefore be improved at the same time as increasing circulation. If you only increase blood circulation, you will further weaken the blood and the situation gets worse.
Another aspect of poor blood quality, and circulation, is the negative impact on your eggs. If the blood is weak it can’t carry the right level of nutrients, and so the eggs are not properly or fully nourished. Over time this weakens the eggs, and reduces their quality. The same is true for sperm health.
Yang Deficiency and Low Progesterone
Pippa’s body also showed signs of coldness, which indicated a Yang deficiency (lack of warmth). The strength of our Yang is directly related to our ability to produce the warming hormone, Progesterone. Low Progesterone levels often arise from a deeper and longer imbalance of a lack of Qi and Blood, which weakens the Kidney adrenal glands and ovaries – causing a reduction of progesterone after you ovulate.
Pippa’s BBT charts were showing low luteal temps (Yang deficiency – lack of warmth), along with a tested and diagnosed low progesterone level in her luteal phase.
Once we had the western medicine diagnosis, and the Chinese medicine root cause understood, we had our complete diagnosis.
We were then able to use this as a basis for deciding on how to effectively treat her and restore balance to her fertility health.
- The 2-Part Action Plan:
Part 1: was to continue trying to get pregnant naturally, whilst working on Pippa’s health with Classical Chinese Medicine – to prepare for a natural pregnancy within 6-8 months.
We chose the following 3 of my 5 Fertility Foundations to work with:
- Treatment: Herbal Medicine prescriptions were personally created for each stage of Pippa’s menstrual cycle. This was to strengthen her Blood quality and increase blood circulation, whilst also working to strengthen her Qi and Yang and reduce the Dampness.
- Diet: was altered to support the herbal medicine treatment and gradually move her to a meat based diet starting with bone stocks, and then increasing meat consumption to slowly build her Qi and Blood. We cleaned up her diet and removed all processed and flour based foods along with alcohol, sugar, caffeine and dairy. We increased her green vegetable and root vegetable intake too – making sure to get the balance of these right so that we didn’t aggravate the Dampness. Gradually we rebuilt her energy reserves and blood quality, and worked to increase circulation whilst removing the dampness and waste.
- Lifestyle: We worked through key areas of activity versus rest and rejuvenation, that could support her energy and strengthen it. This stopped her using her energy quicker than she was able to create and restore it. This had a big impact on how her body worked, as we quickly got the input and output of energy usage balanced.
Part 2: This was our back-up plan that would be activated if a natural pregnancy didn’t happen within 6-months.
It was decided that if they reached this stage they would immediately progress to an IVF cycle with Pippa’s eggs.
Creating this 2 part action plan allowed us to balance Pippa’s fertility health naturally, whilst preparing her for a possible IVF cycle if it was needed.
Having an IVF preparation time would help with egg quality, future embryo development, and optimising implantation of a healthy IVF embryo.
After 6 months Pippa wasn’t quite ready for IVF, so we started planning this for the following month.
In the 7th month after starting my program, Pippa got pregnant naturally.
We continued to support her with Herbal Medicine, Diet and Lifestyle support through the first 16 weeks of pregnancy – to give her the best foundation for the pregnancy. After that she continued to follow my advice, and we stopped the herbal medicine.
She gave birth to a healthy baby boy at nearly 43 years old.
In Pippa’s own words:
“After seven years without contraception, trying to stay relaxed and trusting I would get pregnant, I was feeling confused, disillusioned and wondering if I needed to prepare myself for a life without my own children.
This is when I met Andrew and his program and that’s when everything changed.
He knew so much information compared to the people I had seen before – the ones who were supposed to be the experts, but didn’t really seem to know anything.
I worked with Andrew directly online as he runs all of his treatment personally.
He advised me on all aspects of improving my health, which I followed completely. I started to feel really good after only a couple of months on the program, and I had more energy.
I was on Andrew’s program for 6-months and felt great but didn’t get pregnant. Andrew then said, “give it one more month”, and that’s when it happened naturally!
I’m so grateful for all I’ve received and for all it has enabled me to do. Andrew has transformed my journey from one of disillusionment, to one of hope, possibility and parenthood – as I now have my little boy”
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