Immune Infertility: Antiphospholipid Syndrome & Miscarriage
An autoimmune condition called Antiphospholipid Syndrome, also known as sticky blood or Hughes Syndrome. It occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks some of the normal proteins in your blood. Antiphospholipid syndrome can cause blood clots to form within your arteries or veins. It can also cause pregnancy complications, such as miscarriage and stillbirth.
Antiphospholipid syndrome may cause blood clots to form in your leg veins, a condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Antiphospholipid syndrome may also cause blood clots to form in organs such as your kidneys or lungs. Damage depends on the extent and location of the clot. For instance, a clot in your brain can cause stroke.
Traditional Chinese medicine has been treating autoimmune infertility for thousands of years. Modern Reproductive Endocrinology has only recently recognized the impact that immunologic factors have on fertility. Elevated immune markers, like Antiphospholipid Antibodies (APA) and Natural Killer Cells (NKa), are thought to be associated with an immune reaction to an implanting embryo. Anti-sperm Antibodies (ASA) inhibit the sperm from ever reaching the egg for fertilization. Other markers of potential immunological fertility factors include anti-nuclear antibody, premature elevations of follicle stimulating hormone, lupus anticoagulant, and other clotting factors. The main treatment protocol in Chinese medicine for immune factors is to reprogram the immune system so it will not react to self-tissue, and to allow the normal suppression involved in implantation to occur.
Chinese medicine (herbs) and Acupuncture are safe and effective choices for improving overall health thereby preventing miscarriages. These treatments improve endometrial differentiation by improving immune function; they can reduce or eliminate blood clotting; normalize serum progesterone levels and luteal phases; they can balance the immune system to sequester an autoimmune response and improve male factors such as sperm counts and morphology. If you have suffered from miscarriage and are trying to conceive please book your appointment at the award-winning Doctor Lui clinic today.