Naturopathic medicine focuses on natural remedies aimed to support the body’s ability to heal itself. There are several naturopathic approaches to support natural fertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART). Collaborating with your naturopathic doctor can help determine which approach is right for you. Here are some of the techniques that are used. Keep in mind, each treatment plan will be individualized and tailored to you and your body’s needs and the effectiveness of these methods can vary.

Specialized lab testing:

  • Testing as a tool to determine where your body might have imbalance. This testing is often more in depth than that of conventional medicine.
  • This testing is a great first step when you have just begun trying to conceive and can be added at any time in your journey

Nutritional support:

  • Naturopathic doctors emphasize a well-balanced and nutrient rich diet to support overall health and reproductive function.
  • Support to incorporate a nutrient rich diet including lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
  • Work together with your naturopath to ensure adequate intake of essential vitamins and mineral such as folate, zinc, and vitamin D and nutritional supplementation as needed.

Herbal Remedies:

  • Herbs can be powerful tools for hormone balancing and should be prescribed only by a licensed professional.
  • For example, chaste tree berry mimics progesterone while black cohosh mimics estrogen, and maca can support testosterone levels. Not all herbs are created equal and it’s important to consult with your naturopathic doctor before starting herbal remedies for fertility.

Lifestyle Modifications

  • Addressing lifestyle factors such as stress, management, hydration, sleep and exercise is often recommended.

Detoxification

  • Some approaches may include gentle detoxification methods to address imbalances and support the body’s natural processes.
  • Signs and symptoms indicating a need for detoxification include migraines, brain fog, fatigue, insomnia, skin issues, digestive issues, and poor mental health.

Mindbody Techniques

  • Practices such as yoga, forest bathing, mediation and mindfulness may help reduce stress and can have a positive impact on fertility.

Naturopathic doctors are the experts in holistic health and preventative medicine. When looking for naturopathic fertility support, it’s important to approach any new medicine with caution and consult with a licensed naturopathic doctor. Your fertility team may consist of a naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist, a reproductive endocrinologist, and a fertility specialist. Naturopathic approaches can be used in addition to conventional medical treatments.

If you have specific questions or concerns related to naturopathic medicine and fertility, call our office to schedule an appointment with. Dr. Katie.