If you are over 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for 6 months or more, or under age 35 and trying to get pregnant for over a year, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine guidelines recommend that you seek an evaluation.
There are many components affecting a woman’s ability to conceive and Infertility has become increasingly more common, affecting 1 out of every 6 people or couples trying to conceive. Often a woman has delayed starting a family until her late thirties and would like to optimize her health and fertility status prior to undergoing assisted reproductive work. Or a couple has experienced multiple failed IVFs or recurrent pregnancy loss.
Complementary health care works extremely well alongside conventional Western medicine. Our treatment protocols are tailored to address the individual needs of each woman. We are passionate about helping couples prepare for pregnancy, improving IVF odds, and maintaining a high level of health throughout the pregnancy, delivery and post-partum period.
Undergoing a fertility workup and treatment can be challenging and stressful. From the start it is important to provide a calm environment of individual attention, care, and experienced treatment.
Most often patients come into my practice having already undergone a physical examination and extensive blood work preformed by a gynecologist or Reproductive Endocrinologist. But I often find it necessary to go a step or two further in assuring a definitive diagnosis.
As part of our comprehensive fertility workup, we also recommend the following lab studies:
- Confirm Proper THYROID Function
- The thyroid plays an integral part in energy management and hormone regulation. Women with infertility often have subclinical thyroid disease, which has not been diagnosed.
- Ascertain Optimal VITAMIN D levels
- Vitamin D is an important aspect of immune health. Most of us spend too much time indoors, making it hard to manufacture sufficient Vitamin D, expecially during the winter months.
- INFLAMMATORY MARKERS
- If you’ve had several failed IUIs, IVFs, or miscarriages, or been diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” it’s critical to be seen by a Reproductive Endocrinologist who is expert in dealing with this. Evaluation of inflammation can offer some insight into why you haven’t been successful in achieving a full term pregnancy. There are medical interventions that are utilized. We view clinical nutrition as an important contribution to your anti-inflammatory protocol.
The food you eat has a very important role in optimizing your fertility. We work to help you adjust your diet in order to avoid foods that contribute to inflammation and add items known to be anti-inflammatory in nature.
We recommend that all women experiencing fertility difficulty eliminate gluten and dairy from their diet. We utilize Functional Medicine™ testing to provide a Gastro-Intestinal evaluation to check digestive system health, to rule out inflammatory bowel disease and evaluate potential food allergies, which can contribute to your inflammation.
FERTILITY VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION
We provide a vitamin supplement regime unique to each patient. Our vitamins are made in a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) facility up to and beyond FDA Quality standards. For detailed information CHECK HERE.
Acupuncture has been used to optimize women's fertility for over 2000 years. Several scientific studies have demonstrated improvements in pregnancy rates using 'in vitro' fertilization (IVF) with the addition of acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture has proven beneficial in areas of:
- preconception health
- IVF support protocol
- Minimization symptoms associated with ART treatment
- pre-implantation treatment on day of embryo transfer and at the time of embryo transfer
- reduction of stress to help maintain a center of calm throughout ART treatments
LIFESTYLE AND STRESS REVIEW
Exercise, sleep habits, daily stress quotients can all affect your fertility. We utilize Functional Medicine™ testing to assess Adrenal Status and, if indicated, brain biochemistry.
WORK WITH AN EXPERT
We believe it is important to locate a practitioner who has developed relationships with accomplished and respected local specialists such as Gynecologists and Reproductive Endocrinologists. Over the course of several decades, we at RFN have developed a network of practitioners throughout the country. If after an initial consultation either in person or via phone/Skype you require a referral convenient to your location, you may feel confident that we can recommend the most qualified.
We will work in partnership with you and your Specialist. Our treatments are tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. Our focus is to help you achieve your goal of both a healthy pregnancy and baby.
GET THE SUPPORT YOU NEED
Life style changes are often required when addressing infertility and undergoing reproductive treatments. This can be overwhelming and stressful.
It helps to keep the following things in mind:
- You don’t have to make every change at once; prioritize your goals and focus on one goal per week. Sometimes a small change can have a big impact.
- You are not alone. Among our professional relationships you will find expert therapists and psychologists who specialize in fertility and offer individual therapy as well as support groups.
POST PARTUM CARE
Taking care of the new mom and family is also an important part of your fertility journey. Several major changes occur at once:
- hormonal changes occur after birth
- sleep disruption is common in neonatal care
- placing baby's needs ahead of your own requires a major re-adjustment
All can affect your emotional state. Research has shown that women and families who have adequate post-partum support have less incidence of depression and enjoy a smoother transition into their new role as parents.
Acupuncture can replace the energy used in the birth process and keep your energy abundant while caring for your new baby. Trustworthy clinics such as ours provide the guidance necessary for the increased nutritional requirements of the nursing mom. We often work in partnership with post-partum doulas to provide the new mom the support needed to be happy and healthy throughout this joyous time.
It’s important to work up both male and female partners when evaluating infertility. Recent statistics show that 35 to 40 percent of infertility problems are caused by male conditions.
Male infertility can present in the areas of low or abnormal sperm production, or blockages that prevent delivery of the sperm. The most common causes of male infertility are illness, injury to the genital area, chronic health problems, such as diabetes, and obesity.
There are several lifestyle factors that affect sperm quality. Smoking is known to damage both sperm cells and sperm DNA; it can also affect the production of sperm in the testis. Certain prolonged activities such as bicycling or horseback riding can influence male fertility. In addition, being exposed to toxins, overheating the testicles, as occurs with hot tub use, infections and inflammation affect sperm production.
NATURAL TREATMENT OPTIONS
We believe optimizing man’s health is an important part of his fertility. When a couple comes to the office with infertility issues, we provide nutritional counseling for both partners. Please see our [NUTRITIONAL GUIDE FOR OPTIMAL FERTILITY] for a comprehensive approach to the optimal fertility diet. Diet and exercise are an important part of your overall health and great strides can be made in improving the health of sperm.
In addition, we have developed a MALE FERTILITY PROTOCOL which provides all the supplements required to ensure good health.
We are committed to the idea that families come in all shapes and sizes and those with love to spare should be entitled to whatever fertility optimization is available. We have and will help them to achieve the families they desire.
A gay couple chose a surrogate to help them have the family they always dreamed of. We worked with both men as well as the surrogate prior to and during the IVF treatment and her pregnancy. The men are now fathers to two children, a boy and a girl, one from each parent.
A Single Mother-By-Choice started treatment prior to undergoing IUI. She wanted to optimize her fertility status by reducing her weight. We utilized acupuncture to optimize her egg quality and started her on our customized Fertility Cleanse. She followed my Fertility Nutrition protocol and prior to her IUI she had lost 22 pounds. She became pregnant on the second IUI.
A lesbian couple came to the office prior to inseminating; each woman was going to inseminate to become parents. Treatment for both women consisted of Acupuncture, Fertility Cleanse, Fertility Nutrition, and Reproductive Fertility Nutritional's Fertility Enhancement Vitamin protocol. One woman became pregnant on her first insemination and the other woman became pregnant on her third insemination.