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 do improve fertility and pregnancy outcomes! Naturopathic fertility care involves natural non-invasive treatment strategies that target the underlying cause of your fertility struggles. Treatment plans are individualized and include the use of vitamins and minerals, herbs, acupuncture, and diet and lifestyle counselling.
Preparing for optimal fertility and a healthy pregnancy starts in the preconception period, ie. 3-6 months prior to conception. Dr. Meghan van Drimmelen’s 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 Includes:
• Optimizing nutrition • Decreasing toxin load • Discontinuing hormonal birth control or IUD • Stress management • Optimizing BMI • Basal body temperature charting • Preconception laboratory tests • Regulating menstrual cycles • 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 new 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!
Naturopathic Fertility Treatment
If you are having problems achieving or maintaining a pregnancy, Dr. Meghan van Drimmlen’s natural fertility program 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 that can be addressed through naturopathic treatments include:
• PCOS and anovulatory cycles • Endometriosis • 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 medicine 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 • Infection
Assisted Reproductive Technologies
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 natural 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 pre and post embryo transfer. For optimal outcomes, treatment should start 8-12 weeks leading up to IVF treatment to best prepare the body.
Fertility and healthy pregnancy can be both exhilarating and emotionally taxing. My goal is to make your fertility journey as easy as possible for you. I will take the time to listen to your concerns, provide thorough assessments, laboratory testing and education, and will create an individualized holistic program to optimize your fertility and pregnancy outcomes. I encourage couples to come to visits together so there is a thorough understanding of each partner’s health status and concerns.
I look forward to meeting with you and supporting you throughout your fertility journey.
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