Whether you have just started to plan for a family, or have been trying to conceive for some time, naturopathic medicine can help you optimize your health, and by doing so improve fertility and pregnancy outcomes! Naturopathic fertility care involves natural non-invasive treatment strategies that target the underlying cause of your fertility struggles. Our naturopathic doctors use individualized treatment plans that can include the use of vitamins and minerals, herbal medicines, bioidentical hormones, acupuncture, and diet and lifestyle counselling.
Preparing for optimal fertility and a healthy pregnancy starts in the preconception period, 3-6 months prior to conception. Our fertility program will help you start out on a healthy path by incorporating some basic lifestyle changes and natural health solutions to get your mind and body ready for the exciting new stage ahead!
Preconception Planning with our Naturopathic Doctors Includes:
- Optimizing nutrition
- Decreasing toxin load
- Discontinuing hormonal birth control or IUD
- Stress management
- Optimizing BMI
- Basal body temperature charting
- Preconception laboratory testing
- Regulating menstrual cycles and supporting ovulation
- Addressing and treating any underlying health concerns
During this stage, the goal is to help you feel as vibrant and healthy as possible before moving into the exciting next stage of pregnancy. If the mind and body are in balance, it is easier to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy to term. It is important to recognize that it takes two to get pregnant, so a healthy lifestyle program should be incorporated for both partners!
Fertility Treatments Offered by Naturopathic Doctors:
If you are having problems achieving or maintaining a pregnancy, our naturopathic doctors can help restore balance to your reproductive system, and naturally treat the underlying factors that may be impeding positive fertility outcomes. A comprehensive health intake, assessment, and laboratory work will help to uncover the root cause of your fertility struggles.
Common fertility concerns addressed by naturopathic doctors include:
- PCOS and anovulatory cycles
- Poor Ovarian Reserve
- Thyroid disorders
- Luteal phase defect
- Male factor infertility (low sperm count, motility or morphology)
- Recurrent pregnancy loss
- Unexplained infertility
‘Unexplained Infertility’ is a term used when conventional diagnostic procedures cannot determine the underlying cause of fertility concerns. Naturopathic doctors can diagnose and treat some of these factors that impede a couple’s fertility including:
- Stress hormone imbalance
- Food intolerance or sensitivity
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Immunological factors
- Sex hormone imbalance
Assisted Reproductive Technologies & Integrative Fertility Care
If you are seeking IVF or IUI, an integrative approach that uses a combination of conventional medicine and evidence based natural medicine will help to improve your success rates. The use of naturopathic medicine during ART helps to reduce stress, improve blood flow to the uterus to optimize implantation, reduces side effects of medications, and enhances egg and sperm quality.
Acupuncture in particular has been shown to significantly increase IVF success rates when performed regularly leading up to IVF treatment, as well as immediately before and after embryo transfer. Antioxidant supplementation with specific naturopathic neutraceuticals have also been shown to improve IVF success. For optimal outcomes, these treatments should start 8-12 weeks leading up to your IVF cycle to best prepare the body.