natural treatment for fertility & pregnancy
Difficulty conceiving can be a stressful process, especially when it lacks answers. It is estimated that roughly 8-12% of couples worldwide have difficulty conceiving, with approximately 40-50% of causes being male factors (combination of low sperm concentration, poor sperm motility, or abnormal morphology).
Variables impacting female fertility:
Variables impacting male fertility:
- alcohol and drug use (marijuana, cocaine)
- low sperm count, motility, and morphology
- hypogonadism + other hormone imbalances
- genetic factors
- anabolic steroid use
- thyroid disorders
- mental stress
Ontario standard of care requires you to be trying to conceive for 6 to 12 months or experience up to three pregnancy losses prior to investigative testing.
What if I was to tell you we can seek answers sooner?
How can Naturopathy help?
Fertility Cycle Monitoring
Following your period tracking app is not an accurate way to determine ovulation, as the results are calculated based on averages and not your unique cycle. Education on how to track ovulation and determine the appropriate timing of intercourse (surprisingly, more is not more) can make all the difference in a successful pregnancy.
Naturopathic Fertility Assessment
Naturopathic medicine looks beyond your age, your lab values, and the days of your cycle. We use comprehensive hormone testing to ensure your hormones are in check, your thyroid is functioning on a systemic level, and you get the support you deserve. You do not need to wait 6-12 unsuccessful months of trying before looking deeper. Through thorough assessment, naturopathic care can provide a proactive and in-depth approach to optimizing the chances of conception.
Naturopathic Fertility Treatment
Naturopathy focuses on supporting healthy egg quality, pelvic blood flow, sperm count/motility/morphology, ovulation, endometrial lining, and implantation rates through all-natural therapies.
Naturopathic diet and fertility nutrition counselling specific to each couple's unique needs
Nutraceutical support (herbs, minerals, vitamins, etc)
Fertility lifestyle counselling (cycle monitoring, do's and dont's, etc)
Fertility testing: sex steroid hormones, thyroid assessments, semen analysis, toxicology testing, etc.
Pregnancy Loss Prevention
Today's statistics also suggest miscarriage is unfortunately quite common, with the highest likelihood of a dropped pregnancy occurring in the earlier half of the first trimester. A 2013 study suggests that the overall risk of pregnancy loss after 5 wks is around 21.3%, with rates dropping to about 2-4% by week 8. Other research puts the rates between 10-15%.
The biggest risk factors for a lost pregnancy in the first trimester generally surround the quality of the egg and the resulting corpus luteal production of progesterone. This is most influenced by age, with the quality of eggs declining as they get exposed to oxidative damage.
Oxidative damage, progesterone insufficiencies, uterine lining health and other factors influencing pregnancy loss can be supported with natural therapies. The use of suppository bio-identical progesterone can used safely and effectively used throughout the first trimester until the placenta takes over to sustain the uterine lining and fetal development. Furthermore, proper pregnancy prep supports optimal hormone products and prevents oxidative damage to the eggs/sperm, ensuring the healthiest oocyte's/sperm are released.