Around one in every nine Australian couples experience fertility problems: for 40% it’s caused by a problem with the woman’s reproductive system, while another 40% are sperm issues. The other 20% are a combination of both, or unknown.
Although there are various medical treatments available to assist with fertility, many couples today are turning to naturopathy to help identify and treat the cause.
While searching for a “naturopath near me” is the easiest choice online, finding a naturopath fertility specialist is a better idea if you want to receive the right treatment.
Here’s why you might need a naturopath fertility specialist:
What Is Naturopathy?
Let’s start with the basics. Naturopathy refers to a variety of natural remedies being used to treat a person, including herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, flower essences and dietary modifications among other things. It has a long history around the world, dating back centuries, and today it incorporates modern science into conventional treatments.
It aims to treat the person as a whole, including the mind, body and spirit; and most importantly, it treats the root of the illness, rather than just the symptoms. It takes into account medical history, stress factors and lifestyle.
There are six principles of naturopathy:
- The healing power of nature
- Do no harm
- Find and treat the cause when possible, not just the symptom
- Treat the whole person
The Naturopathy Fertility Connection
It’s important to note that not all naturopaths are fertility specialists.
A fertility naturopath works specifically with those in need of reproductive health assistance regularly. They’re familiar with the ins and outs of IVF and other treatments, and they’re serious about helping couples overcome pregnancy trials and tribulations.
They focus on sperm motility, morphology, overall counts, and DNA fragmentation. They also provide options that can help women to control and balance their menstrual cycle and improve the quality of their eggs.
A naturopath fertility specialist will test your hormones and bloods, interpret routine blood tests from your doctor to determine your overall health, and they can recognise any dietary or biochemical abnormalities. A specialist is also able to monitor your hormones and help to correct imbalances, treat thyroid disorders, PCOS, endometriosis, and fibroids, and Identify and manage depression and mood alterations.
Where necessary, they can identify food and lifestyle issues that may be contributing to your infertility, providing solutions, suggestions and even meal plans so you can achieve a balanced conception and successful pregnancy.
Can Naturopath Fertility Services Help You?
Although it’s not fool-proof (when it comes to fertility, unfortunately nothing is), naturopathy helps to investigate and identify possible causes of infertility and recurrent miscarriage. It is best suited to people who:
- Have been trying to conceive for a long time, without success
- Have been diagnosed with unclarified infertility
- Have had numerous miscarriages
- Have been diagnosed with hormonal, reproductive or endocrine health issues
- Need treatment for menstrual abnormalities
- Want to start a pre-conception health plan
- Are in a same-sex relationship and using a donor
- Are male, experiencing fertility problems
If you fit into any of these categories, or you simply want advice, a naturopath fertility specialist provides you with a better chance for success.
Michelle Blum has over 20 years’ experience in complementary medicine as an Acupuncturist and Naturopath and has devoted her career to fertility and women’s health. Get in touch today to find out how she can help you achieve your parenting goals.