Very few couples set out on their fertility journey expecting it to be challenging. For some couples, weeks, months, and sometimes years go by actively trying to conceive with no results. One of the most common (and frustrating) responses some couples get from fertility clinics is that they have unexplained fertility, which means all structural, pathological, or identifiable causes have been ruled out.
Although couples are initially relieved that there is nothing wrong, most couple’s are irritated that there isn’t something specific they can work on/overcome.
Often as a last resort, people struggling with fertility stumble upon Naturopathic Medicine and begin working with a Naturopathic Doctor.
Naturopathic Medicine Explained
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct health care profession that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) are trained as primary care providers who diagnose, treat and manage patients, while addressing disease and dysfunction at the level of body, mind and spirit. ND’s focus on the root cause and use a variety of tools such as clinical nutrition, supplementation, Traditional Chinese Medicine (e.g, acupuncture), counseling, botanical medicine (e.g., herbs and plants), and physical medicine (e.g., manipulation, laser, cupping). ND’s complete 8 years of post secondary education and are well versed in taking a holistic and individualized approach to each unique patient and couple that they work with.
Something people often seem to be surprised about regarding Naturopathic Medicine is how they can support people on their fertility journey. Although they are often discovered as a last resort, ND’s also work with patients proactively to help people prepare for conception before actively trying to conceive.
Ways Naturopathic Medicine Supports People on their Fertility Journey:
- Hormone testing (for example: checking mid-luteal serum progesterone levels to see if ovulation is occurring)
- supporting egg quality via supplementation (such as Coenzyme Q10 and N-Acetylcysteine/NAC)
- Optimizing diet and weight through individualized plans
- Acupuncture to support fertility (especially alongside those undergoing IVF and IUI)
- Fertility awareness education
- Cycle monitoring (how to best track your cycle and fertile window)
- Treat PCOS, endometriosis, and other hormone-related conditions
In conventional medicine, there is simply not enough time in each visit to do a deep dive into each person’s mental, emotional and physical state. One of the benefits of working with an ND is that the visits are longer, and as a result there is more time to explore all facets of health and for patients to ask all the questions they may have.
It’s also important to note that ND’s frequently work WITH Medical Doctors at Fertility Clinics to support people throughout their fertility journey. You don’t have to choose between conventional care and naturopathic medicine. You can do both!
Whether you’re thinking about conceiving in the future or have been struggling with fertility for a long time, Naturopathic Medicine is here to help.
If you want to find an ND near you, you can search here.
✓ Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) are trained as primary care providers who diagnose, treat and manage patients, while addressing disease and dysfunction at the level of body, mind and spirit.
✓ ND’s frequently work WITH Medical Doctors at Fertility Clinics to support people throughout their fertility journey.