Stuck types tend to be a bit stressed and generally feel that things aren’t running smoothly for them; it may be just everyday events (like the traffic) that frustrate them, or bigger life plans feel blocked. But it’s not just people who feel a bit ‘stuck’ in this ‘fertility type’; it also includes anyone with conditions that physically block their chances of getting pregnant. When the body gets ‘stuck’ it affects the normal flow of substances (blood, fluids and energy) that flow around the body, and when this goes on long enough it changes how the body feels and functions, so people usually notice things aren’t perfect:
- Feeling heavy, achy and tired usually comes from fluids gathering in the tissues, and is a particular issue for heavy types
- Cramps or pains that come and go, or being irritable and moody are generally due to energy being restricted
- Severe, fixed pain (or physical masses) is usually caused by blood that’s not moving smoothly
Energy’s something that moves and changes things, rather than having a physical structure of it’s own, and when the flow of energy stagnates the body (and soul) become tense and tight, in an emotional, irritable, frustrated sort of way. Because energy affects how everything behaves (no physics lesson here, but it does…) it has a major impact on how the body performs physically, hormonally and emotionally.
Stress affects the flow of energy and how we feel, and when it gets too much it alters things like our breathing, digestion and heart rate. Long term this creates patterns of symptoms such as “irritable bowel”, “stress palpitations” or “pre-menstrual” syndrome. Restricted energy not only causes discomfort, it also changes how tissues and organs function, reducing their efficiency and can alter the delicate sequence of events needed to get pregnant.
Blood can get ‘stuck’ in a few ways:
- A lack of energy pushing the blood reduces it’s movement (heart disease is an extreme example)
- Physical traumas can break blood vessels which makes blood stop and stagnate
- High fevers or extended inflammations can condense blood and encourage it to clump
- Cold can contract, slow down and hinder blood movement (think cold winter hands)
- A major blood loss reduces blood flow (like a stream drying in summer) and encourages it to stagnate
The fertility of both men and women are affected by ‘stuck’ issues as the hormonal balance and the function of the testes and ovaries rely on a healthy flow of energy and blood. Men can have reduced fertility from trauma to their testes or from varicoceles that raise testicular temperature, and women’s fertility relies fundamentally on a healthy flow of energy and blood, as the rhythm and nature of the menstrual cycle highlights.
Few women have ‘perfect’ cycles, but the more irregular they are the more monthly conception rates fall. When it’s just energy that’s restricted the signs are normally just getting easily upset, maybe with abdominal bloating or cramps and pains that come and go, but when periods are very painful, they stop and re-start, or have dark, clotted blood there are clear signs that blood’s not moving smoothly.
Because circulation is key to ‘stuck’ types they usually feel better after exercising and doing things; it’s the almost over-fullness of energy and blood before the period that causes the aches, pains and tightness, so releasing and moving this fullness improves emotional, hormonal and physical wellbeing. When there are physical blocks to pregnancy from polyps, fibroids, endometriosis, Asherman’s syndrome and some types of blocked Fallopian tubes they’re all stuck issues, and often require corrective surgery to enable natural pregnancy. However Chinese herbal medicine is very good at managing and boosting fertility in some of these situations, as endometriosis and fertility explains.
Lifestyle, diet, tests and treatments for ‘stuck’ types
The big challenge for ‘stuck’ types is smoothing the flow of their energy and blood to improve hormone balance, menstrual cycle symptoms and fertility. The upside of being a ‘stuck’ type is that struggling to get pregnant is probably not due to