Infertility affects nearly 1 in 5 couples, with unexplained infertility climbing to up to unprecedented in couples of reproductive age. Factors which may reduce fertility in men and women include:
Poor dietary and lifestyle habits
Exposure to hormonal toxins and poor ability to detoxify
Hormonal imbalances e.g. reduced testosterone in men, low progesterone in women
Conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, low ovarian reserve
Previous history of abdominal surgery, miscarriage
High stress levels and low energy
Fertility naturopathic doctors can help you to understand which of these factors may be impacting your ability to conceive naturally. Natural therapies provided by an ND can help assist you in your fertility journey and compliment any other care you may be receiving.
Nutrition: Nutrition can play a huge role in fertility issues. For example, inflammation due to unidentified food sensitivities, poorly balanced blood sugar (a major component of PCOS), or long standing nutritional deficiencies which can be a result of oral contraceptive use. Correcting imbalances and optimizing nutrition can enhance both sperm and egg production and quality.
Acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine incorporates the use of acupuncture to balance the flow of chi (or life energy) within the body's organ systems. Many fertility clinics now offer acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy and research supports the use of acupuncture as a complimentary therapy for enhancing the success of IUI and IVF procedures.
Herbal Medicine: Herbs have pharmacological actions on the body to affect hormone balance. In contrast to many drugs, herbs have a gentle action on the body encouraging balance while minimizing side effects.
Stress Reduction and Lifestyle Counseling Unfortunately, the process of trying to conceive can be very stressful both physically and emotionally. By working closely with you to identify stressors and recommend stress reduction techniques can be a crucial part of maintaining a positive outlook while on your fertility journey.
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