The Secret Signs of Infertility

By Paul J.O'Brien B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Adv. Dip. OBB, Cert Clin. Med, Cert.CHM, M.AFPA, M.ETCMA, M.C.Th.A.

The Signs of Infertility can be subtle and surprisingly wide ranging. Small, simple things are often overlooked. These can be a definitive indicator of fertility problems and issues with your reproductive in health. In this article, I’ll reveal some of those small troubling signs of infertility. You’ll also learn some of the more obvious examples of fertility problems. Finally, you’ll get a brief idea of what these connections can be.

When I’m working with my 1-on-1 coaching clients, during our first talk, I ask a LOT of questions, some of them they will have heard before and will make sense. Some make no sense what so ever. But it all makes sense to me. With that information, I can understand the signs of infertility they present with and from there we work to resolve the problem.

I always start with a discussion of the period – here are some of the secret signs of infertility I look for and what they mean….

The Secret Signs of Infertility


  • Is the pain fixed or stabbing = Blood Stasis
  • Heavy and dull = Liver Qi Stagnation
  • Sore breasts = Liver Qi Stagnation

Blood Colour

  • Dark = Blood Stasis
  • Bright = Blood Heat
  • Purple = Blood Stasis, Blood Heat
  • Brown = Phlegm Damp
  • Pink = Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yang Deficiency

Blood Volume

  • Lots = Blood Heat
  • Little = Blood Stasis, Qi and Blood Deficiency, Kidney Yang Deficiency

Cycle Length

  • Irregular by 1-2 days = Liver Qi Stagnation, Qi and Blood Deficiency
  • Short (below 25 days) = Blood Heat
  • Long (beyond 32 days) = Phlegm Damp, Qi and Blood Deficiency


  • Purple = Blood Stasis
  • Cold = Blood Stasis
  • Teeth marks = Spleen Qi Deficiency
  • Thick white coating = Phlegm Damp
  • Yellow Coating = Damp Heat

These are just quick little shortcuts that to a trained eye will indicate problems with your fertility. And I know those terms may not make sense to you – but I explain them all and more in detail in my free guide to “The 9 Reasons You Can’t Get Pregnant and How to Fix Them!” but just to give you a little more info, in general:

The Signs of Infertility, Translated  East to West

  • Blood Stasis can present as Endometriosis, Blocked Fallopian Tubes, Fibroids, PCOS, and Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods).
  • Liver Qi Stagnation often presents as Immunological Infertility (elevated Natural Killer cells), PMT, Depression, Elevated Prolactin levels, Breast tenderness and bloating.
  • Blood Heat is a term used to describe conditions such as, small eggs, hyper stimulation and problems in IVF, short cycles and premature ovulation.
  • Phlegm Damp is connected to conditions such as PCOS, chronic infertility, Endometriosis, excess body fat, and low blood volume.
  • Kidney Yin Deficiency is most commonly seen in cases of chronic infertility, Premature Ovarian Failure, elevated FSH levels, poor response to IVF drugs, poor egg quality and development.
  • Kidney Yang Vacuity is commonly seen in patients with repeated history of miscarriage, amenorrhea (lack of periods) of a very long cycle, fertilization failure, implantation failure, failure of follicle maturation and the function of the corpus luteum.
  • Qi and Blood Deficiency covers a range of conditions including, amenorrhea (lack of periods) of a very long cycle, fertilization failure, and PCOS.

Hallelujah symptoms

But of course, these aren’t the only signs of infertility I look for to fully understand the complex problems my clients face. There are the secret signs of infertility, often ignored or overlooked by Western Medicine. For instance, there are certain key symptoms, known as Hallelujah symptoms that allow me to make very quickly differentiation between each of these primary patterns. For instance:

  • A fat, enlarged tongue = Spleen Vac with Dampness
  • Easy Bruising = Spleen Vac
  • Breast distension, tenderness and pain= Liver Depression
  • Sighing = Liver Depression
  • Cramping in Calves at Night = Blood Vacuity
  • Blurry Vision = Blood Vacuity
  • Night Sweats = Kidney Yin Vacuity

Realistically, the diagnostic process is extremely comprehensive and takes years of intensive training to fully understand and appreciate, for instance, I have developed a unique 13 step method for revealing the secret signs of infertility.

The 13 Fertility Checks

  1. The 4 Firsts
  2. 1st Diagnostic Impression
  3. Major Complaint
  4. Western Medical Differential Diagnosis
  5. Traditional Chinese Medical Differential Diagnosis – 8 Principles
  6. TCM Differential Diagnosis – 5 Elements
  7. TCM Differential Diagnosis – Meridian Theory
  8. Japanese Classical Medical Hara Diagnosis
  9. TCM Pattern Recognition
  10. Eliminate Patterns based on 4 1sts
  11. Hallelujah Symptoms
  12. Confirm/deny Hypothesis.
  13. Repeat until a full diagnosis and treatment plan is complete


Now, I understand many of these terms will be difficult to grasp at first, and without detailed training and years of experience it is impossible to make an accurate diagnosis – and without that diagnosis, it is impossible to truly treat the root problems that are preventing your pregnancy.

This is why I offer a limited number of free fertility troubleshooting sessions each month.  During your fertility troubleshooting session, I can identify the secret signs of infertility that may have been preventing your getting pregnant and then I can show you exactly what steps you need to take in order to address these issues.

I will explain your entire diagnosis; talk you through some of the physical therapies and action steps that you can take. explain to you what can be done for your neurology and blood work and explain what nutrition might be useful in helping to get the right nutrients and enzymes necessary for reproduction in your specific case, we’ll do this and so much more.

You will get a clear cut, no-nonsense answer as to why you haven’t been able to conceive, and I will outline a personalized treatment plan for you to take you through the steps that you can take to majorly improve your health, and to get in the best possible state in order to have a baby so you waste no more time.

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