For couples trying to conceive, each month can be a roller-coaster of emotions- and not the fun ones; it’s the one your friends force you onto! Whether through natural or assisted methods, getting pregnant is a joyous moment for parents who’ve been trying.
Fertility is a natural state of being able to reproduce, and many women have issues when it comes to trying to get pregnant. Some things can increase your chances, like ovulation tracking and frequent intercourse. However, further support may be required for couples who have been trying without success for several months.
Some women choose intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF), with or without extra hormones, to increase their chances of getting pregnant. These methods can be pretty pricey and average $25,000 for every trial. Adding a naturopathic treatment to your artificial insemination can significantly boost your chance of success as we focus on making the body as healthy as possible.
Acupuncture is a great tool to help women who are trying to get pregnant. The fine needles work to balance hormone levels, reduce stress, and nourish the uterus for conception and growing a baby. Whether for couples trying to conceive naturally, or pre-IUI or IVF, acupuncture works. Read more about naturopathic medicine’s unique take on acupuncture here.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop inside the uterus or its muscle walls. Most fibroids go unnoticed, but the ones that are large or located in places that press on the cervix or bladder can cause symptoms. Heavy menstrual bleeding, constipation, urinary frequency, and a sensation of pressure inside the womb can all be a symptom of fibroid growth. Huge fibroids can contribute to infertility.
In Asian medicine, lumps are a symptom of dampness, an energetic disease state of the body with too much moisture. Acupuncture treatments to release excess dampness from your body can help shrink your uterine fibroids and help you get pregnant.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is one of the most common causes of infertility. Women with this syndrome may have high levels of male hormones, multiple cysts on their ovaries, and no ovulation. Read more about naturopathic approaches to PCOS management.
It’s not all about the woman: sperm health is just as important as egg health regarding conception. Poor diet, low exercise, and oxidative stress can all damage sperm, and changing these things can make a difference for conception. Read more about men’s health.