Infertility is a problem that affects both men and women. It is defined as inability of a couple to conceive a pregnancy after regular unprotected sexual intercourse for at least 12 months. A recent study shows that today 11.5% to 15.7% of Canadian couples deal with infertility issues. Among couples with a female partner aged 40 to 44 years old, the infertility rate is 14.3% to 20.7%. Almost 30 years ago, in 1984, that number was only 4.6% .
Female infertility is commonly caused by problems with ovulation, particularly when a woman has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). Less common causes of female infertility include blocked fallopian tubes, problems with the uterus, and non-cancerous uterine fibroids. In men, infertility results mostly from problems with the shape or movement of sperm. An affliction called varicocele is the primary cause of male infertility; other physical issues such as injuries or diseases that affect the man’s sperm are also common causes of infertility. Common contributing factors to infertility for both sexes include, age, drug/alcohol history, STIs, and lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and stress levels. 
"A recent study shows that today 11.5% to 15.7% of Canadian couples deal with infertility issues. "
Some common mainstream treatment methods for infertility are intrauterine insemination (IUI) and assisted reproductive technology (ART). Many couples have had success with these treatments, and any couple experiencing fertility issues should research these methods for information. However, alternative therapies are becoming a widely accepted way to manage fertility problems with excellent results.
Acupuncture has shown great success in resolving infertility. It works by balancing and assisting energy flow through the meridians to resolve physical ailments; in infertility treatment, acupuncture may work with the kidney energy to balance the reproductive organs and hormones.  Hypnotherapy has also gained ground as a highly effective and valuable infertility treatment. Although hypnosis may not work in certain cases, it’s particularly valuable in situations where the couple is experiencing stress or anxiety around their problems conceiving.
Reiki is a valuable addition to any infertility treatment as it assists in moving energy to where it is needed to resolve fertility issues. During a Reiki infertility treatment, the practitioner will look for energy blockages in the patient’s aura and body. These energetic irregularities will often be concentrated in the sacral chakra area, which focuses on sexual energy and reproduction. Sometimes, infertility may have roots in spiritual conflicts, in which case Reiki can be a great help to clearing out unwanted baggage and creating a healthy environment on all levels of the patient’s being.
Emotions or thoughts may be affecting a couple’s ability to conceive as well; during Reiki, the patient is given the opportunity to relax and process in a safe, calm place. Some thoughts or feelings may be interfering energetically with fertility, which may cause the Reiki practitioner to intuitively be directed to these particular energetic blockages. Emotional releases during Reiki sessions are normal, and patients will leave feeling lighter and clear-headed as a result.
Couples having problems with fertility will benefit greatly from the use of Reiki and other alternative therapies in their treatment practices.
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