Natural Fertility

If you're having difficulty getting pregnant, natural therapy is one natural fertility option that can work.

Natural fertility has become one of the most important areas of treatment at this clinic. It is also one of our most satisfying and rewarding programmes.For example, the clinic can be helpful in the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF).  However, using conventional methods, IVF is only successful around thirty-five percent of the time. With the natural fertility management techniques that we use, given at least six months of treatment, our success rate is now consistently around ninety percent.[Wow!] Many of the women and couples whom we see have been trying to become pregnant for years, and many have already tried IVF. We achieve the above results through a combination of naturopathic dietary and lifestyle advice, and acupuncture. This allows us to boost natural health, vitality and fertility: to treat all the major causes of infertility in both men and women.

Diet, Lifestyle and preconception Care:

As always, the bottom line in fertility remains the health of the individual. There are many causes of infertility, many of which are mentioned below.

The most basic remain deficiencies in lifestyle and diet, and the effects of stress.

While the basics of a healthy diet are the same for fertility as for optimal health, there are certain areas that need special attention. Blood sugar irregularities (often signaled by sweet cravings), insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome may, for example, need special attention, as blood sugar irregularities may well contribute to several of the underlying causes of infertility, including PCOS and absence of ovulation.

Saturated fats may also need to be reduced and trans-fats avoided, while mono-unsaturated and omega 3 oils may need to be increased in the diet.

This means that olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocados and fish should perhaps be consumed if that is not already the case, along with plenty of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains in moderation. Healthy weight range must also be maintained, in order to achieve the best results. Alcohol is best avoided completely by both the male and female partners, for optimum fertility. The clinic can advise re specific needs, and can assist in the process.

Oestrogen Dominance Disorders

Oestrogen dominance is one of the leading causes of infertility in both males and females. This can result in endometriosis, fibroids, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or Disorder (PCOS or PCOD). This can lead, in turn, to lack of menstruation (amenorrhoea) or absence of ovulation and/or heavy or painful periods. Causes are multi-factorial and include dietary issues, and/or environmental toxicities (xeno-oestrogens). Another key cause can be the effects of use of the oral contraceptive pill and/or other hormones.

Anovulation, Oligomenorrhoea and Luteal Phase Defect

Failure to ovulate (anovulation) can be caused by a number of factors including PCOS and/or dietary and lifestyle factors. As well as addressing lifestyle factors and treating any underlying pathology, the clinic can help in some of the following ways. The hypothalamus pituitary-ovarian axis of communication can be normalised, ensuring proper follicle production and ovulation at the correct time. Hormonal imbalance can be dealt with and oestrogen, androgens and progesterone can be returned to normal levels. This improves amenorrhoea (absence of periods), oligomenorrhea (scanty or infrequent periods) and/or luteal phase defect (preventing implantation of a successful pregnancy). (The latter term could use a short explanation, so potential patients can feel that they will understand things.)

Cervical and vaginal mucus is an indicator of fertility. At ovulation, the mucus should increase in quantity and become thick enough to stain the women's underpants. It should resemble egg white and be able to be stretched apart several centimeters, before breaking. Absence of this mucus may indicate that ovulation is not occurring. In any case, poor quality of the vaginal mucus reduces chances of conception. It is often acidic and unfriendly to sperm and is known as "hostile mucus". A better quality of  mucus allows the sperm to swim freely to their destination.
Candida and/or low progesterone can also be responsible for poor lubrication during sexual intercourse. Naturopathic dietary advice may also be appropriate.

Male Fertility

It is usually important to treat the male partners, as well, unless they  have been told that their sperm is adequate in both quality and quantity. Poor sperm quality is usually due to lifestyle, diet and/or stress factors, including poor sleep. Cigarette smoking, alcohol and excess caffeine consumption can also have a negative impact on fertility in men.

In order to be helpful with fertility, [The wording can pull them back to remember why they might need to change. ,the clinic can discuss stress management  and provide advice on dietary factors. This could include emphasis on foods rich in certain nutrients such as selenium, zinc and the important fatty acids. Among others, we have found foods such as tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts to be specially beneficial for male fertility.