Who will benefit from naturopathic approaches to infertility?
- Women who desire to optimize their fertility before conceiving
- Women looking to address the cause with natural medicine before trying more expensive and invasive conventional therapies
- Women who have tried conventional treatment without success
When should I choose naturopathic medicine to address infertility?
At Aletris, there are many options as to when to use naturopathic medicine. We can work with you to obtain an accurate workup on the cause of infertility, which should always be the first step. We frequently order blood work, pelvic ultrasounds, sperm studies, and other imaging to discern the cause of infertility. Once the cause is identified, you can use naturopathic medicine to address the problem. If you choose, we can work along side your ob/gyn or reproductive endocrinologist. Regardless of your preference, our belief is that the work you do to detoxify, correct nutritional status, and improve underlying imbalances such as a thyroid or hormone imbalance will improve your chances of conceiving naturally and having an easier pregnancy.
Should I bring my partner?
Fertility issues affect men at the same rate as women in current society. Researchers have found that sperm counts are declining, and environmental factors such as pesticides, heavy metals, and xenoestrogens are negatively impacting male fertility. In fact, sperm counts have fallen 50% since 1930. Studies have shown many nutritional factors, botanical medicines, and treatments such as acupuncture have had positive effects on parameter such as sperm count and sperm motility.
Naturopathic treatments for male fertility focus on improving sperm quality and overall male reproductive health. Improving diet, making healthier lifestyle choices, using high quality botanical medicines, and accurate doses of high quality nutritional supplements are some of the best ways to improve male fertility. So, yes, the male side of fertility is just as important – in our eyes – as focusing on a women’s reproductive health.
How do we correct infertility?
A naturopathic perspective is one that focuses on treating the whole person. We live with migraines during menses, constipation, chronic digestive complaints, low libido, fatigue, joint pain, and insomnia, and we expect to get pregnant within 2-3 months of trying.
From our clinical experience, these are just a few of the many signs that our fertility is at risk. Fertility is best when we are healthy, and the ideal time to attempt conception is in a place of optimum health. Too often, we are scared into believing that time is working against us and feel immense pressure to conceive as soon as possible, even in sub par health. The reality is that a 25 year old can be in poorer health than a 45 year old, and have more difficulty conceiving and maintaining a pregnancy. It all depends on our overall health. We can reverse our biological age with corrections in diet, exercise, stress levels, and toxicity levels.
When we only focus on the goal of getting pregnant at any cost, we often resort to medical interventions that override our bodies’ messages (“symptoms”) that we are sick and should not bear the added stress of a pregnancy. When we conceive under these conditions, the pregnancy is often difficult and even dangerous.
What tools do naturopaths use?
- Accurate diagnosis
- Investigating environmental toxicity
- Promoting proper nutritional requirements
- Conducting heavy metal analysis, when appropriate
- Prescribing herbal medicine and homeopathy
- Decreasing allergens
- Assessing and correcting hormonal imbalance
- Prescribing proper exercise recommendations
- Incorporating stress reduction techniques and recommendations
- Using acupuncture to increase circulation to the reproductive organs
- Treating the whole person and addressing all body systems in order to restore fertility
ALETRIS provides an integrated approach. We work with a handpicked team of medical doctors, acupuncturists, midwives, and psychologists, all of whom can support your fertility and reproductive health needs with natural and non-invasive therapies.