Fertility: How Naturopathic Medicine Can Help
As a society, North American women are choosing to wait a little bit longer before starting a family. This has been associated with an increased rate of couples who are finding it more difficult to conceive. Naturopathic medicine can complement allopathic procedures (such as IVF or in-vitro fertilization) by improving the couple’s overall health and fertility.
Dietary & Lifestyle Changes
Being overweight or obese has been linked with infertility, thus weight loss with an individualized set of dietary and lifestyle recommendations is important to improve fertility.
Supplements & Herbal Medicine
There is a large variety of supplements and botanical medications that can be used to improve fertility and to complement allopathic procedures. These will be prescribed on an individualized basis, depending on each individual case.
Acupuncture helps to improve fertility by:
- Promoting circulation of blood in the pelvic cavity;
- Improving ovarian function;
- Promoting follicle production;
- Enhancing uterine blood flow and improving uterine lining thickness; and
- Relaxing muscle tissue to give the embryos a better chance of implanting.
If you’re having trouble getting pregnant and want to sit down with me to discuss natural ways to improve your fertility, CONTACT ME HERE and we can set up a complimentary 15 min discovery call/meeting to get started.
What’s a discovery call/meeting? It’s where we get to know each other better to ensure that I’m the right practitioner for you and that you have the opportunity to ask your questions about Naturopathic Medicine before we move forward with an initial Naturopathic consultation.
Here are a few more posts related to fertility that you might also be interested in:
- Acupuncture for Fertility
- The Effect of Obesity on Fertility
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- CoQ10 & Fertility: What’s all the fuss about?
- Fertility Plan During COVID-19
And if you’re interested in reading about my struggles on my own fertility journey:
- My Crazy IUI Story
- My IVF Story: Part 1
- My Surgery Surprise
- My IVF Story: Part 2
- TW: My Big News!
- My Fertility Journey on Facebook for #CIAW2020
- My Fertility Journey on Instagram for #CIAW2020
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