Fertility Specialist

Kevin Lance Jones, OMD, L.Ac.

Acupuncture & Herbalist & Fertility Specialist located in South Bay, Torrance, CA

Most couples don’t worry about their fertility, thinking they’ll conceive without a problem. Yet the current statistics show that 12-15% of them haven’t been able to get pregnant after a year of trying. Kevin Lance Jones, OMD, LAc, has helped many women and men overcome infertility problems using therapies such as acupuncture and herbal medicine. If you’re concerned because you haven’t been able to get pregnant, call the office in Torrance, California, or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.

Fertility Q & A

When should I seek help for infertility?

Couples are considered to be infertile when they can’t get pregnant after a year of trying. However, women shouldn’t always wait that long to get help. It’s time to consider calling Dr. Jones if you meet any of the following guidelines:

  • Women under the age of 35 who aren’t pregnant after one year of regular, unprotected sex
  • Women aged 35-40 who aren’t pregnant after six months of regular, unprotected sex
  • Women of any age who have irregular menstrual periods or a condition known to affect fertility
  • Women over age 40 who have decided they want to get pregnant

By the age of 40, age becomes a risk factor for men and women, with declining testosterone levels in men and the loss of eggs in women.

What causes infertility?

In couples who undergo testing because they can’t conceive a baby, about one-third find they’re infertile due to a health condition affecting the woman and one-third learn the problem is with the man. The doctor can’t determine a cause in the remaining couples.

In women, the most common causes of infertility include:

  • Ovulation problems, such as polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Physical problems in the uterus, such as fibroids
  • Fallopian tube blockage
  • Endometriosis

In men, the most common causes of infertility include:

  • Problems with sperm: Low sperm count, poor motility, or abnormally shaped sperm
  • Varicocele or varicose veins around the testicles
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Blockage in one of the tubes

In traditional Chinese medicine, these conditions fall into three categories:

  • Deficiency syndrome, which affects sexual and reproductive hormones
  • Stagnancy syndrome, which prevents reproductive organs from functioning properly despite normal hormones
  • Heat syndromes, which include infections or inflammatory conditions

Inflammatory conditions, for example, are known to affect sperm production and cause scarring that blocks male and female tubes, as well as female reproductive organs.

How are fertility problems treated?

Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, or both can be used to improve fertility in men and women. Traditional Chinese therapies can also be combined with Western medicine for optimal success when treating infertility. Studies show that acupuncture can improve ovulation, boost uterine blood flow, and increase sperm count and quality.

Acupuncture can work on many other levels to improve your fertility. For example, Dr. Jones can target the endocrine system to help balance reproductive hormones and to improve ovarian function. If you’re considering in vitro fertilization, acupuncture can help prevent uterine contractions after the embryo is transferred.

If you have fertility problems, call Kevin Lance Jones, OMD, LAc, or schedule an appointment online.