My Fertility Guide - How to get pregnant naturally
Published: Author, 2019 Paperback: 271 pages RRP: £12.99 in paperback, £6.99 for Kindle (on sale on Amazon)
(Reviewed by Trevor Wing, EJOM Vol.9 No.5)
Firstly, my congratulations to the author, it’s very clear the amount of effort that has gone into researching and writing this book. A significant contribution to the TCM and natural advice literature to help achieve pregnancy. The book is aimed at patients, although some practitioners may also find it worth a read, depending on their own level of knowledge in dealing with fertility patients. For those embarking on treating infertility for the first time, this could be a good place to start.
For patients, the writing style and terminology is easy to understand, the TCM terms and wording are kept to a minimum, and where used, explanations are generally very clear. It’s hard to do justice to a book covering such a wide range of topics related to fertility in a short review, so please feel free to email me at
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PART ONE – Chapter 1 – Your Hormones: the complete range of female reproductive hormones are covered, although there are inaccuracies.
PART ONE – Chapter 2 – The Components of Fertility: covers many of the physiological aspects of female and male fertility, although again there are inaccuracies.
PART ONE – Chapter 3 – Getting Your Fertility Tested: discusses the conventional medicine investigations into female and male infertility. The range of tests covered is comprehensive although some of the parameters given are not consistent with those listed in chapter 2. There are inaccuracies, and the passage covering the role of the immune system in reproduction is incomplete.
PART ONE – Chapter 4 – The Causes of Infertility: the statistics quotes are not the most recent WHO (World Health Organization) published statistics. The discussion combines some conventional medicine causes with environmental, nutrition and lifestyle causes. Some of the causes listed are regarded as controversial with little or no supporting evidence base.
PART TWO – Chapter 5 – The Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine: this is a very well written chapter with a clear, accurate, understandable description of yin and yang, qi and Blood which is consistent with TCM teaching in China today. The relationship between qi and Blood and Essence and their role in nourishing the bao gong would be a helpful addition.
PART TWO – Chapter 6 – Finding Your Chinese Medicine Diagnosis: the discussion in this chapter encompasses most of the patterns that are seen in infertility patients according to TCM theory. Most are accurately represented, some of the terminology will be unusual to some TCM practitioners, although for the intended audience this will not detract from understanding the TCM infertility patterns.
PART THREE – Chapter 7 – Prepping Your Body: a very comprehensive and helpful set of lifestyle advice, much of which can be included in today’s busy day-to-day life without much disruption. Very helpful and effective advice on improving sperm quality. Unfortunately, advice on improving egg quality will mislead readers. Improving egg quality (chromosome and DNA damage due to ageing) has to date eluded medical science.
PART THREE – Chapter 8 – Prepping Your Mind and Emotions: lots of very good advice here following TCM beliefs about the role of shen and the seven emotions and grounded advice on cognitive psychotherapy.
PART THREE – Chapter 9 – Optimising Your Environment: again lots of very good advice in this chapter on what to avoid in the environment. The passage on the effects of electromagnetic waves advances some controversial propositions currently under scientific debate. The chapter also touches on the negative effects of some conventional pharmaceutical medications on fertility. Expanding on the medications covered would be a very welcome addition and could easily justify a chapter of its own.
PART FOUR – Chapter 10 – Chinese Dietary Therapy: provides a very clear understanding of TCM nutritional energetics and effects on fertility. The chapter also advances naturopathic theories on the effects of food types on oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone which are helpful in addition to the TCM dietary advice.
PART FOUR – Chapter 11 – Female and Male Diet Plans: comprehensive and helpful recommendations on how to construct meal plans to aid fertility for both men and women.
PART FOUR – Chapter 12 – Supplements: this chapter covers many of the supplements patients often self-prescribe. The list includes vitamins, nutrients, naturopathic botanicals and western medical herbs. I am pleased to see the advice given in the introduction is to consult a qualified nutritionist as in my experience many patients do not and take far too many supplements.
PART FIVE – Chapter 13 – Acupuncture All the Way: starts with a helpful passage on the history of acupuncture, then moves to a Q&A format list covering the common questions patients have about acupuncture. A statement about choosing a BAcC or ATCM registered practitioner would have been a helpful addition including listing the URLs for the BAcC and the ATCM websites to find a qualified acupuncturist.
PART FIVE – Chapter 14 – Chinese Herbs: again the chapter Introduction includes a nice passage on the history of Chinese herbal medicine, then moves to a Q&A format covering common questions patients ask about Chinese herbal medicine. Dealing with the use of animal products and endangered botanical species would have been a helpful addition. The text does draw attention to only taking herbal medicine prescribed by a qualified herbalist. URLs to the RCHM and ATCM websites to find a qualified practitioner would be helpful.
PART FIVE – Chapter 15 – Assisted Natural Conception: covers Clomiphene Citrate, ovulation stimulation and intrauterine insemination and draws attention to the benefit of combining acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with these to maximise success. More could have been said about integrating traditional medicine with conventional reproductive medicine and the evidence base related to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine support during IVF cycles.
The book ends with a nice conclusion summarising the author’s advice on maximising the probability of achieving pregnancy naturally together with his website and email links. A fertility dictionary follows, covering the common terms used in fertility which readers will find useful.
In summary, this book is a very good resource for couples wanting to achieve a natural pregnancy avoiding the conventional medicine fertility clinic approach. The text is very comprehensive, covering TCM, naturopathy, environment and nutrition in a very easy to understand writing style. I am sure many couples will find this book very helpful in their fertility journey. The inaccuracies are concerning as they will mislead some readers. I hope these will be corrected in the second edition of the book. The book is reasonably priced and available from Amazon for £12.99 in paperback and £6.99 for Kindle.
Trevor Wing is a recognised specialist in the natural medicine treatment of female health conditions, with particular interest in applying scientific research to traditional and naturopathic medicine. Trevor runs a busy private clinic in London where he carries out clinical research studies and treats a wide range of gynaecological and obstetric conditions. Trevor is a peer reviewer for the journals Human Fertility, Complementary Therapies in Medicine and Reproductive Biomedicine Online. Trevor is also an honorary research fellow at the University of Portsmouth, a faculty member at the University of Bournemouth in medical imaging and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and Fellow of the UK Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.