Naturopathic | Holistic Approach to Fertility
Many couples struggle with fertility now more than ever before. The good news is that more people are becoming aware of the treatment options to assist in making a healthy pregnancy a reality. The practitioners at Crossroads focus on treating each part of the menstrual cycle to enhance fertility. A combination of diet, exercise, herbs and acupuncture can be effective.
During the Menstrual Cycle
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have an amazing effect on clearing the uterine lining, which is important for implantation during ovulation. This can be especially relevant in a woman who has fibroids, polyps, endometriosis or very clotty periods.
After the Period - the Follicular Phase
In many cases, women who have waited to start a family can have difficulty with preparing for ovulation in the follicular phase of the cycle. In Chinese Medicine, this is often described as Kidney Yin or Essence (jing) deficiency. In Western Medicine, these women often have elevated FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels, have been told that their AMH (anti-mullerian hormone) levels would make it difficult to conceive naturally, are hypothyroid or having irregular ovulations. Holistic treatments such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, diet & certain supplements treat Kidney Yin and Essence deficiency. The goal is to enhance follicle development, produce a healthy endometrial lining and effective ovulations to increase female fertility and the likelihood of conception & implantation around ovulation.
Ovulation is an exciting time for couples and practitioners. Much of fertility has to do with timing and knowing when the right time is to "try." Practitioners teach women how to recognize the signs of ovulation. Some challenges that we often see in this phase are a physical blockage preventing the egg from it's descent to meet the sperm or a sluggish conversion of Yin to Yang energy-allowing the ripened follicle to be released. There are ways to remedy the above situations using both western medical technology, as well as Chinese herbs, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine.
After Ovulation - the Luteal Phase
In some cases, there is Kidney Yang and/or Kidney Qi deficiency. This is common in younger women who are very thin, overweight women, those who are always cold, women diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), or women with luteal phase defect (a short luteal phase of less than 14 days). From a hormone perspective, this can be reflective of lower progesterone output in the woman resulting in an insufficient uterine lining to support pregnancy after conception.
The good news is that there are many different approaches to remedy Kidney Yang and/or Kidney Qi deficiency through diet, lifestyle, herbs, supplements and acupuncture. After treatment, many women who have miscarried in the past go on to have healthy full term pregnancies and babies.
Twenty percent of fertility cases we see are related to male fertility-issues with sperm concentration, sperm motility or sperm morphology. Acupuncture, herbs, and natural supplements can support male fertility, alongside some diet and lifestyle recommendations.
We have much to offer couples struggling with fertility or who just need a little guidance. We also offer pregnancy support, labor preparation support and post-partum and lactation support.
Please contact us at Crossroads Naturopathic Clinic 604.568.6899 to book your appointment today.