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Women are wonderfully complex and beautiful creatures. As many hormonal changes occur through life’s milestones; puberty, reproduction, pregnancy, birth, and menopause, they also experience monthly hormonal fluctuations through the reproductive years. Nutritional, herbal and lifestyle strategies can help ease the journey through the major hormonal changes in our lives.
From puberty, to periods, to menopause – hormones can pose a challenge for many women throughout their lives. You may be all too familiar with symptoms such as painful, heavy or irregular periods, premenstrual mood swings and bloating, hot flushes…and the list goes on. Female hormonal conditions are complex and frequently frustrating for women. While hormonal fluctuations have traditionally been blamed, there is more to this story – many other factors also affect the subtle balance required for optimal hormonal harmony.
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 12months of unprotected intercourse. In Australia 1 in 6 couples are unable to conceive naturally. With an increase in the amount turning to IVF, IVF is successful in 35% of couples.
Wholistic Naturopath treatment that we have used in the clinic has a positive outcome on fertility. Within 3-6 months of treatment, there is a significant increase in couple’s success rate of naturally conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy and baby.
We achieve optimal results by using holistic diet changes, lifestyle advice and Naturopathy Herbal and Nutritional treatment that couple’s years of traditional knowledge and the most up to date scientific research. With Naturopath treatment you will notice a boost to natural health, wellbeing, and fertility. Naturopathy can assist with the major causes of infertility in both men and women.
It’s been shown that the future health of a child begins at conception. Lifestyle factors impact significantly on fertility and a child’s health potential. These include the effects of age, illness, medication, toxins, and drugs (pharmaceutical/recreational) poor nutrition and weight problems. By addressing the diet and overall health you are ensuring your body is at its optimal for a healthy pregnancy and child. Naturopathy looks at all aspects of health- mind body and soul. We look at the diet, addresses nutritional deficiencies or excess, ensure healthy weight, energy, and a balanced lifestyle.
Factors that affect female fertility include hormonal imbalance, structural impediments, obesity, nutritional status, infection & inflammation, stress & lifestyle factors, digestion & liver function, drugs, libido, age, cervical mucus and mistiming intercourse.
Ovulation disorders (irregular or no ovulation) from PCOS accounts for 75% of infertility. PCOS is associated with hormonal imbalance, blood sugar regulation issues, and difficulty in conceiving. Endometriosis is found in up to 40% of women who present with infertility. Fibroids, benign lumps of tissue growing on the uterus can also contribute to infertility.
Maternal obesity is associated with reduced fertility and an increased risk of gestational and fetal risks. All these are considered with treatment. If you are in the initial stages of pregnancy planning and unsure what is going on Lindsay can refer you for specific testing to get an understanding of your underlying issues.
Evaluation of infertile couples has revealed that male factor infertility accounts for 68% of cases. Male infertility is the underlying reason for 40% of couples to use IVF. Factors that affect male fertility include hormonal imbalance, structural impediments, obesity, nutritional status, infection & inflammation, stress & lifestyle factors, digestion & liver function, erectile dysfunction, sperm quality, drugs, libido, age and mistiming intercourse.
In Australia, it is estimated that 1 in 20 men have fertility problem with dwindling numbers of sperm. It takes 80 days for a full spermatogenesis cycle. Because the sperm development takes over 2 month’s illness, toxicity, trauma, poor nutrition that was present during this cycle may affect the mature sperm, regardless of a man’s health at the time of examination.
With both male and female fertility, we look at treating both partners and in all aspects of health. Sometimes with fertility, it can be a combination of male & female “multiple causes” or unexplained fertility with no known medical explanation, this doesn’t necessarily mean there will be no chance of pregnancy, by improving overall health in the male and female you have an increased chance of conception.
Naturopathy treat’s the individual person and addresses all aspects of mental emotional and physical wellbeing. No two people are the same and neither is treatment. During your consult we go over your health in-depth; we consider all aspects of your health, diet, lifestyle, and well-being.
We treat your concerns and focus on improving your fertility. If it’s irregular periods, ovulation concerns and weight management we prioritize these, but we also treat and address the other areas of health. If you have high-stress levels, suffering insomnia or digestive complaints we also incorporate these into your treatment plan. Remembering it is all about balance and by improving your overall health we improve your chances of a natural pregnancy.
Do you feel you have no control over the ups and downs of hormonal change you ride through each month? Your symptoms may be related to one of these conditions:
While different conditions are influenced by subtle changes in hormone levels, there are many other factors that also play a role. Likened to musicians in the orchestra playing out of tune, some of these come from your body – such as inflammation (e.g. from joint pain or digestive imbalance), being overweight, and feeling stressed. The environment you live in can also play havoc with hormones. Toxins are virtually unavoidable and many, such as bisphenyl-A or ‘BPA’ (found in plastics, the lining of tins, and even on shopping dockets) have hormone-like effects and may negatively affect your hormonal balance.
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