NATUROPATHIC FERTILITY SUPPORT

 

According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, 10 to 15 percent of couples will have trouble getting pregnant, turning what should be a joyous time into a stressful, arduous and expensive journey.

Here at Essential Natural Health, we understand that fertility is about more than just one sperm meeting one egg at the right time every month. Something that seems so easy can be incredibly complicated and delicate. Stress, hormonal imbalances, anatomical abnormalities, lifestyle choices, sperm abnormalities— these can all create challenges to getting pregnant. Whether you’re trying to overcome one of these frustrating hurdles or just want to prepare yourself for a healthy pregnancy, our unique approach to naturopathic fertility support can make a huge difference.

 

What We Do

Using a combination of Naturopathic and Chinese medicine, we get to the root of what’s causing the problem and build a strong foundation to support a healthy conception, pregnancy, and delivery. Naturopathic medicine can identify and address underlying health issues that may impact fertility, such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies or endocrine pathologies. It utilizes herbal, nutritional and homeopathic therapies to correct deficiencies and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It’s also beneficial for those patients who are struggling with their weight, which can impact the success of various assisted reproduction techniques (ART). We work to uncover the physical, emotional, mental and social factors that may be contributing to being over- or underweight so patients can find that healthy, ideal number on the scale that will enhance their odds of conceiving.

Chinese medicine, which includes fertility acupuncture, herbs, and other healing modalities, has been used for thousands of years to enhance the fertility of both partners. Today, we’re seeing more research being done with Chinese medicine for women’s health and infertility, with exciting results. In fact, recent research has shown that Chinese medicine techniques, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, can improve in vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancy rates. It’s so effective (and minimally invasive) that many Western reproductive centers are embracing acupuncture as an adjunct therapy during ART.

It’s just as important for men to get treatment as it is for women. While many sperm and libido-related problems can be circumvented with ART, they’re often signs of an imbalance in the system. Chinese and naturopathic medicine promotes overall health as well as the quality of sperm. Taking a “big picture” approach helps identify potential factors that may be impacting fertility even when the semen analysis is normal.

HERE’S WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP:  

Female Fertility Support

  • Increases blood flow and nutrition to the uterus and ovaries

  • Relaxes the uterus to enhance implantation

  • Reduces emotional stress

  • Regulates hormones and the entire endocrine system

  • Promotes regular ovulation

  • Supports overall health, increasing the odds of carrying a healthy baby to term without complications

  • Counteracts the negative side effects of fertility medications

  • Helps the liver metabolize toxins and environmental endocrine disruptors that impact fertility

 

Male Fertility

  • Increases blood flow and nutrition to the reproductive system to promote healthy sperm production

  • Increases sperm count

  • Decreases poor morphology

  • Strengthens motility and forward progression

  • Reduces stress and promotes relaxation

  • Regulates hormones and the entire endocrine system

  • Helps the liver metabolize toxins and environmental endocrine disruptors that impact fertility

Health Detective Work

At Essential Natural Health, we’re used to seeing the tough cases, women and men who haven’t been able to find an explanation for their fertility challenges or who haven’t had success with conventional treatments. We have successfully helped couples who are struggling with the following issues:


In Women

  • Infertility in women over age 35

  • Elevated FSH levels

  • Diminished ovarian reserve

  • Premature ovarian failure

  • Endometriosis

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

  • Thin uterine lining

  • Anovulation and irregular cycles

  • Luteal phase defect (low progesterone levels)

  • Recurrent miscarriages

  • Poor egg quality

  • Autoimmune factors affecting fertilization or implantation

  • Unexplained infertility

  • Ovarian cyst formation secondary to stimulation medications

  • Fibroid tumors

  • Hormonal imbalances (estrogen, progesterone, thyroid and adrenal)

  • Grief, anxiety, and depression

  • Low libido

 

In Men

  • Low sperm counts

  • Poor forward progression

  • Poor morphology

  • Poor fertilization

  • High estrogen and low testosterone levels

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Delayed semen liquefaction and high viscosity

  • Low libido

  • Thyroid dysfunction

  • Adrenal dysfunction

We recommend weekly acupuncture appointments while trying to conceive, and whatever your underlying health issues are, we will create a personalized plan for you and your partner. We also offer a Partner Preconception Care Plan that includes a couples consultation and acupuncture with the goal of maximizing you and your partner’s health before you start trying. (Please contact our office for additional information and scheduling. We can be reached at (804) 464-3315)

If you’re already working with a reproductive endocrinologist, gynecologist or midwife, our integrative approach can supplement the ART treatments you’re receiving and even prepare you for and ease the birthing process. We also offer pre- and post-transfer acupuncture services on the day of transfer for IVF and IUI patients, which have also been shown to improve pregnancy rates.

CONTACT US 

 

Tel: (804)-464-3315

Fax:(866)-398-5292

Email: info@drmicahallen.com

235 Wadsworth Drive 
Richmond, VA 23236

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