As our world becomes more and more modernized (technified, mechanized, chemicalized), our bodies are struggling to evolve and survive.
Fertility rates are one place we are seeing the effects of modern culture affecting human health. As egg quality and sperm counts plummet, diagnosis rates of premature ovarian failure, recurrent miscarriages, and polycystic ovarian syndrome are rising.
Enter modern medicine’s answer: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). A combination of medications (pills & injections) and procedures (ultrasound, xrays, and surgeries), most of which are not covered by insurance in many states; over a quarter million cycles of IVF were completed in 2016, from which a little over 75,000 babies were born. That means only 30% of IVF cycles were successful.
Given how much IVF costs and how often it doesn’t work, whatever can be done to improve outcomes should be a major priority. While medication protocol changes, egg freezing, and legislative efforts to mandate insurance coverage for fertility care are being discussed across the country, we want to bring light to the basic things each woman can do to optimize her own chances for a healthy pregnancy.
Naturopathic fertility care is fundamentally about improving each woman’s health and thereby improve her inherent fertility and her response to IVF protocols. It’s clear that women who eat well, exercise regularly and manage their environmental exposures tend to have higher numbers of healthy eggs retrieved and genetically normal embryos produced. The data applies to men as well, showing higher sperm counts and quality measures. Additionally, the side effects of these “treatments” include better energy, better sleep, and a better mood. So why isn’t this information offered to all couples entering IVF?
That’s exactly the question that led us to launch Natural Fertility SLC.
We want to encapsulate this lifestyle guidance so that we can directly help more couples achieve healthy pregnancies and deliver healthy babies.
We know that there’s endless information online, from blogs to Pinterest infographics, women who venture into the Fertility Web world are often confronted with a firehose of data. We wanted to combine modern research with evidence-based natural medicine care to help women leave the DIY Fertility experience and get the diagnostic evaluations, fundamental health education and support from providers who know exactly what they are experiencing.
Are you ready to kick off your fertility journey?