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One of the most instinctive and natural phenomena, an increasing number of women are finding it difficult to conceive. Recently, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention released that a staggering 12% of women between ages 15 to 44 years face impaired fertility and related problems. Due to the steep costs and the complications involved in the conventional treatments, a large number of people faced with infertility are turning to natural treatment methods – namely, naturopathic therapy.

Naturopathy is an evidence based natural treatment technique. It’s the art of healthy living, its philosophy embedded deeply in the science of drugless living and healing. It is based on the many ancient principles of health, disease and treatment.

Essentially, naturopathy deals with the root cause of the problem, attempting to nip it in the bud instead of dealing with them based on face value. Taking the example for fertility here, a naturopathic approach would help the one facing the conception problem at the root level by trying to figure out the exact reasons behind the impaired fertility instead of primly suggesting IVF, adoption or other such options directly. A naturopath takes a more comprehensive look at the patient, working to determine the underlying psychosocial reasons for the infertility and then suggesting ways to overcome it.

Typically, the naturopathic approach to infertility works based on the following principles:

1- Diagnosing the root cause of the fertility before preparing combat strategies

A naturopath studies the following for diagnosing the underlying cause of impaired fertility:

  • Determining which one or if both of the partners suffer from fertility-related problems
  • Female hormonal imbalance
  • Thyroid problems in women
  • Lack of knowledge about the best days to conceive
  • Family history of both partners
  • Medical history of both partners
  • Level of physical activity
  • Stress level
  • Sleep patterns
  • Diet

It is only after taking into consideration all of the above factors, that a naturopath suggests the future course of action. Often, suppressed issues like long standing sleep issues, poor diet, poor interpersonal relationships are found to be the cause for infertility.

2- Pre-conception care to improve fertility and ensure a healthy pregnancy

To ensure a higher fertility rate, earning safer pregnancies and healthier babies, a naturopath may suggest:

  • Balanced diet
  • Stress management techniques
  • Exercise regime
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Any other special care, as may be deemed necessary from case to case

The special care suggested to the couple trying to get pregnant is based on the principle of readying the body for the future. The tips above, are known to improve the quality and health of the eggs and the sperms, bettering the odds of a successful pregnancy and the health of the child thus conceived.

In preparation of conception, the naturopath is also likely to suggest detox options at least three to four months prior to attempting conception to improve the –

  1. Hormonal balances
  2. Uterine health
  3. Sperm and egg quality
  4. Chances of successful pregnancy

 

3- Different approaches to treat impaired fertility concerns faced by men and women

While hormonal and nutritional decline can lead to poor quality of eggs in women, lifestyle choices play an important role in determining the fertility amongst men.

A lot of naturopathic medicines have also been deemed effective while dealing with polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis, two of the main reasons causing fertility impairment in women nowadays. A naturopath is also likely to recommend nutritional supplements ranging from fish oils to vitamin D to probiotics for the women. Another therapy that can be recommended is acupuncture as it has been seen to work well with naturopathy.

On the other hand, a man’s nutritional intake, Essential Fatty Acids status and anti-oxidant ingestions are all monitored as they play an important role in increasing semen parameters and testosterone levels. Lifestyle counselling to help men understand the implications of their choices may also be offered.

 

Close monitoring of the progress of fertility problems to conceptions

Naturopathy is a healthier choice with long lasting results. It is  crucial to choose a naturopath that you really trust as it the therapy will take some time. All the suggestions are not just given by the naturopath but also closely monitored to mark for due changes. It is, therefore, an integral relationship that is formed at one of the most stressful times in a couple’s life.

If you have been facing fertility issues and are seeking naturopathy, syncH is the place to connect with a holistic practitioner. Some of our best naturopathic doctors who are specialized in fertility and women’s health are:

 

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Dr. Rachita Narsaria

Dr. Rachita Narsaria

Poet, bookworm, tech-worm, nature lover, entrepreneur