Natural Fertility Program
So now it’s time to take charge of your fertility and start planning for a healthy baby.
A natural approach to fertility will help to safely enhance both women’s and men’s reproductive health.
So, if you are thinking about having a baby now or in the future, it is never too early to start preparing and making changes to your general health and wellbeing. Preconception care is the ultimate form of preventative healthcare for both you, your partner, and your baby. The preconception period is the perfect time to improve your lifestyle choices, enhance your health and address important health issues specific to you before you become pregnant.
Our Natural Fertility Program is comprehensive and innovatively designed to improve your overall general wellbeing and to get you in the best possible condition prior to conception. By following this program it will help you to prepare for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby to give your child the best possible start at life.
This program uses natural medicines including fertility herbs and fertility supplements to help overcome problems with fertility, menstrual health, and gynecological health. Research now confirms the importance of good nutrition during the preconception period.
Preconception care for both parents should begin at least 4 months before intended conception since sperm formation takes approximately 116 days, and ova are susceptible to damage 100 days before ovulation.
The more time is given to preconception care, the more effective natural fertility success will be.
PRECONCEPTION CARE TREATMENT INCLUDES:
Fertility herbs, homeopathic supplements, fertility vitamins and minerals, and a fertility diet, all designed to:
• Balance, strengthen and tone the reproductive system of both parents, to ensure a healthy egg and sperm – for a healthy baby.
• Food Guidelines for Optimal Health During Pregnancy-A balanced nutritional fertility diet of key nutrients to provide the optimum environment for the development of a healthy baby.
• Environmental considerations to consider, e.g. pesticides, food additives, electromagnetic radiation, smoking, caffeine, and alcohol consumption.
• Vega Screening and Hair Mineral Analysis – to determine if mineral imbalance or the presence of toxic metals is a contributing factor to infertility.
• Any pre-existing conditions affecting fertility, which can be improved, are explored and a program is tailored to each person’s specific needs.
• Fertility Chart – this helps you to become aware of your fertile times each month. This is monitored by using a fertility chart for temperature and mucus charting. The correct timing is crucial for the meeting of the egg and the sperm for conception.
• Staying pregnant – fertility herbs, fertility vitamins and minerals, and a fertility diet including overall guidelines for maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
• Pregnancy Care -Morning sickness, hypertension, pre-eclampsia, edema, anemia, constipation, cramps, heartburn, incontinence, cramps, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, stretch marks, thrush, urinary tract infections, insomnia, depression, stress, and miscarriage.
• Individualised Treatment-Fertility herbs and homeopathic supplements individually formulated to prepare for birth and to assist in the birthing process.
• Post Pregnancy Care and Lactation– Herbal medicines and homeopathic remedies individually formulated to assist in promoting milk production, getting the uterus back into place after giving birth, and for postnatal depression.
Every pregnancy is different so naturopaths are trained to formulate treatments for the individual; therefore, what is suitable for one person may not be suitable for another.
Infertility, or sub-optimum fertility, can be due to many factors.
What is infertility?
Infertility is defined as the inability for a couple to conceive within 12 months, who have had frequent unprotected intercourse (at least every 2-3 days). In Australia 1 in 6 couples are classed as “infertile”. In the past infertility was thought to be a female problem however we now know that both males and females equally contribute to the condition.
What causes infertility?
One of the most common causes of female infertility is due to the fact there is an ovulation disorder. In male infertility, the most common cause is attributed to a low sperm count.
What is Secondary Infertility?
It is defined as the inability to become pregnant or to carry a pregnancy to term, following the birth of one or more biological children. The birth of the first child does not involve any assisted reproductive technologies or fertility medications.
Some conditions that can cause infertility
Failure to ovulate – approximately 29% of cases of infertility.
Hormone imbalance – caused by stress, illness, nutritional deficiencies, or environmental issues.
Low sperm count and poor sperm motility and morphology – levels of sperm worldwide have halved in the last 50 years.
Allergy to sperm, hostile or dry mucous – preventing sperm from moving up through the cervix.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, and fibroids. Pelvic inflammatory disease – particularly Chlamydia.
Physical or emotional stress.
Overweight or underweight.
Low thyroid function, immune dysfunction, and insulin resistance.
Nutritional deficiency – certain vitamins and minerals are vital to fertility.
Smoking and Marijuana – Cigarette smokers take 30% longer to conceive.
Drugs – many medications and drugs can affect sperm counts and hormone levels.
Caffeine – has been shown to reduce fertility 4 times.
Environmental factors – exposure to chemicals, pesticides, and synthetic estrogens.
Heavy Metal Toxicity exposure to toxic metals can interfere with fertility.
Age – Fertility for women declines with age.
Following medical and naturopathic evaluation, a treatment plan will be tailored to each couple. Treatment may include:
• Fertility herbs, homeopathic remedies, fertility vitamins, and mineral supplements, and a comprehensive infertility diet program.
• Fertility Chart to record mucus and temperature to help you become aware of your fertile times each month. Timing is crucial for the meeting of the egg and the sperm for conception to occur.
• Laser acupuncture to improve natural energy flow or “qi”. Laser acupuncture has been shown to improve fertility outcomes in many clinical studies..
• Neuro Emotional Technique – if required, to help deal with physical and mental concerns that may be affecting your health.
*Circle and Bloom Fertility Relaxation Program– to help with psychological stress impacting fertility. http://www.circlebloom.com/
• IVF – Herbal medicines, homeopathic remedies, and supplements will be prescribed to complement your individualised IVF Treatment.
Remember if you are unsure about anything during your Natural Fertility Program or during your pregnancy you should always contact your practitioner for professional advice. As they are there to support and guide you throughout this journey.