What do patients say about us ?
‘I used to have so much pain that I have to lie down for two days when my periods come. I am amazed that just after a month, I could be serving guests in a party during my period.
Mrs. Paul from London
‘I have a laboratory report from my doctor to say that my endometritis is completely gone. I would like to continue treatment for infertility.’
Mrs. Lombardelli came from Italy to attend TCM Fertility Clinic every month. Mrs Lombardelli had been receiving treatment for about 4 months.
‘We came to TCM HealthCare fertility Clinic, the doctor asked me a lot of questions, what food I liked, whether I was hot or cold, and also looked at my tongue and took my pulse in both wrists. His diagnosis was that my chi (life energy) was completely out of alignment and that I was far too cold. he gave me a concoction of herbs to boil up and drink twice a day, which tasted revolting. But I persevered and kept going back for consultations.
After about six month, he told me his treatment had finished and I simply had to be patient. Incredibly, just two months, I was ringing him with the wonderful news that I was pregnant.
It wasn’t a great pregnancy. I was very sick and suffered bad indigestion but Matthew was born healthy last June. We’ll always be grateful to the IVF consultants but without Chinese medicine, we may never have found the final piece in the puzzle which allowed us to become parents at long last’.
Elizabeth Douglas, 41, had endometriosis and blocked fallopian tubes. She had 4 cycles of failed IVFs before she came to us.
Elizabeth’s full story was reported and published in Real Magazine in 2002. Call us for a copy of the article.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when tissue is found outside the uterus that appears similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium). Endometriosis may grow on the outside of your uterus, ovaries, and tubes and even on your bladder or intestines. This tissue can cause pain and adhesions (scar tissue) on these organs that it touches.
How can I tell if I have endometriosis?
You are likely to have period pain and this can be severe. The pain manifests itself as pelvic or abdominal pain, particularly with menstrual bleeding or with sex. Sometimes, endometriosis can grow inside your ovary and form a cyst (endometrioma). This usually can be seen on ultrasound, unlike other endometriotic tissue. The only way to tell for certain if you have endometriosis is through laparoscopy.
Does endometriosis cause infertility?
If you have endometriosis, it may be more difficult for you to become pregnant. It is estimated that up to 50% of women with endometriosis may experience infertility. Endometriosis can influence fertility in several ways: distorted anatomy of the pelvis, adhesions, scarred fallopian tubes, inflammation of the pelvic structures, altered immune system functioning, changes in the hormonal environment of the eggs, impaired implantation of a pregnancy, and altered egg quality.
Diagnosis often comes with scores indicating 4 different stages of development. These stages are:
Minimal (Stage 1)
Mild (Stage 2)
Moderate (Stage 3), or
Severe (Stage 4)
This scoring system correlates with pregnancy success. Women with severe (Stage 4) endometriosis, which causes considerable scarring, blocked fallopian tubes, and damaged ovaries, experience the most difficulty becoming pregnant and often require advanced fertility treatment.
How does conventional medicine treat endometriosis ?
Endometriosis needs the female hormone estrogen to develop and grow. Birth control pills and other drugs that lower or block estrogen can be effective in improving pain symptoms. For patients who wish to become pregnant, this approach clearly presents a problem.
More invasive technique such as surgery may therefore be considered prior to attempts at conception, but some doctors think that this treatment usually will not improve pregnancy rates.
How do we treat endometriosis?
At TCM HealthCare, we treat endometriosis using a two stage approach:
Stage 1 – Controlling of symptoms
The main symptom of endometriosis is period pain, sometimes severe pain. We will first use natural herbal remedy to control pain. Our experience is that for most women, pain should be under control within 2 to 3 months.
Stage 2 – Dealing with endometriosis per se including infertility issues
In actual fact, we will start tackling your endometriosis as soon as you come to us i.e. under stage 1. While we are working to minimise/eliminate pain, we are also dealing with endometriosis per se. However, the latter take a bit more time. We have a good track record in reducing endometriosis as confirmed by laparoscopy.
In addition, since up to 50% of infertility may be caused by endometriosis, at stage 2, our focus is also to improve the fertility functions all round e.g. to arrest and/or reverse the endometriosis so as to reduce and get rid of scarring and adhesion on reproductive organs such as the ovary and fallopian tubes, and to improve egg quality. See How we improve egg quality.
What do we use to treat endometriosis?
We use an unique combination of herbs that we will modify each time you come back on a monthly basis. You will need to take the herbal remedy for about 18 days each month. For most patients, the pain will go away or substantially reduced within 2 to 3 months. We will ask you (as we have asked all our patients) to have a laparoscopy after 6 months of treatment to see how well you have responded.
Would my endometriosis comes back after treatment?
For patients that finish the full course of treatment and properly discharged, both the period pain symptoms and endometriosis per se usually do not come back.
How much is the fee?
The fee is about £350 a month.
How often do I need to come?
Once a month. Most patients come to us for 3 months to 9 months. Some combine our treatment with IVF.