The Natural Fertility Program
Our unique Natural Fertility Program was designed to help prepare your body for natural conception, or for assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF or IUI. Our program takes you through a step-by-step approach, each phase building upon the previous one. Every part of the program is a key step and our experience shows that the full program, followed in the right order and timing, gives the best results. Our goal is to help you bring a healthy baby into this world. Our experienced practitioners can help you make that dream into a reality.
The Natural Fertility Program has based on the premise that your fertility is a reflection of your entire health. You cannot separate the reproductive system from your digestive system, your brain, your immune system, your musculoskeletal system, your skin, or even your emotions and spirit. It’s all connected. When we balance your body, we naturally improve fertility. This program aims to integrate all of the body’s systems so that they can begin to work in harmony, each system supporting and communicating with each other in a balanced way that can support conception and a healthy pregnancy.
Here’s what to expect:
Phase 1: The Discovery Phase
Initial consult with our Naturopathic Doctor:
Your fertility program starts off a 90-minute initial consultation with our Naturopathic Doctor. During this session, we’ll take a detailed look at your fertility history, review any lab tests that have already been done, and discuss options of more advanced or comprehensive lab testing that’ll help us uncover more information. We’ll go through details of some key areas of your health that will help us determine the underlying factors that may be contributing to sub-fertility; Some of these will include further investigation into the health of your digestive system, food sensitivities, nutrient status, immune function, exposure to environmental toxins, inflammation, signs of hormonal imbalance and adrenal dysfunction. You’ll be asked a lot of questions about your diet, lifestyle, stressors in your life, medications and supplements, family medical history, your medical history and a complete review of all of your body systems. A physical exam might be required to help us further determine imbalances in the body.
At the end of this session, you’ll get a better idea of the lifestyle factors that may be hindering your fertility, some introductory lifestyle recommendations and we’ll decide what further testing is needed to get a complete picture of your health status.
We’ll also make referrals to the other appropriate highly skilled practitioners in our team, at the right treatment phase, based on what we identify is most needed to help you. For example, if stress is overtaking your life and health, you may want to start seeing a counselor/therapist right away to deal with that. Other treatments may come in more useful at different phases of the program.
During the Discovery Phase, we want to investigate thoroughly to find out the possible imbalances in your body that might be contributing to your fertility struggles. This will likely involve some lab testing. Examples of tests that we might recommend: food sensitivity blood test, comprehensive saliva hormone testing, comprehensive urine hormone testing, standard blood tests to assess vitamin status (e.g. Iron, B12, Vitamin D), or hormones (e.g. thyroid). When we receive these test results, we’re ready to start the personalized treatment phase.
First though, for any natural treatments to be successful, there are some foundational changes that need to be made to get the body working better. No amount of vitamins and herbs will help a body that is full of hormone-hindering habits. That’s where the Clean Up phase comes in.
Phase 2: The Clean Up Phase
Clean up your body, clean up your diet, clean up your mind. This phase is like a “spring cleaning” for your body and mind. This phase is a critical first step before initiating specific treatments like herbs or supplements – in our experience, without a clean diet and a clean body, no amount of supplements will correct hormonal imbalances or restore fertility.
The Gentle Fertility Detox:
During a 1-hour follow-up visit with our Naturopathic Doctor, we’ll initiate The Gentle Fertility Detox. This 3-week plan is designed to do an overhaul on your diet to get on the most nutritious eating plan for fertility and enhance the liver’s natural ability to remove stored toxins, which will kickstart hormone balancing. This isn’t just a generic fertility cleanse that you can find off of the internet. It’s a completely customized plan created for you based on what we discovered in Phase 1.
You’ll get a complete step by step guide to this process, diet recommendations, a meal plan, herbal and supplement recommendations that enhance liver function, and many tips on home therapies that will enhance the natural detoxification process.
We’ll talk you through what to expect, any side effects and how to get started.
Consult with our Nutritionist to start your on the Fertility Diet:
A consult with our Nutritionist is important to help you identify your obstacles to healthier eating habits, and help teach you how to make and sustain the changes you need to eat optimally. She will also guide you on our Fertility Diet which is our nutritional guidelines for optimal fertility and hormone balance.
Stress management support:
If you are having trouble coping with the emotional stress of infertility, or have other emotional stressors in your life, now’s the time to get qualified help. We can discuss the many options of counseling and other stress management strategies to help you get back to feeling like yourself. Stress and the state of your mental health can drastically impact your hormones and your ability to conceive. Take the first step to getting help. Book a free discovery session with one of our counselors/therapists to see how their style of counseling can help you.
Phase 3: The Treatment Phase – Replenish and Restore Balance
The 3-month clock starts ticking here… This is the path to optimal egg and sperm quality, restored hormones, adrenal gland restoration, and creating a fertile space in your body.
Remember, 3 months is the minimum, but we see the best results in 3-6 months.
Post-detox follow-up session with our Naturopathic Doctor + monthly check-ins:
Based on the lab test results, and any information gained from our discovery sessions, our Naturopathic Doctor will create a very customized plan of herbs and nutrients that are aimed at restoring hormone balance, correcting nutrient deficiencies and boosting nutrient status.
During this 3 month phase, we’ll have once a month 30 min follow-up appointments to ensure that we’re on the right path, and continue to address anything that comes up.
Your ongoing fertility diet:
A follow-up with our Holistic Nutritionist can help you with creating a maintenance plan for sticking with the fertility diet. We’ll continue to monitor progress with your diet changes and tackle any problems areas that you’re having.
We recommend starting weekly acupuncture sessions to boost fertility and further support your hormone balance. Read more about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility here. Acupuncture sessions are with our Naturopathic Doctor.
The best results with acupuncture come with weekly treatments for at least 3 months prior to conception or IVF/IUI.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy:
We highly recommend an appointment with our skilled Physiotherapist to correct structural problems that can contribute to imbalances in your reproductive organs. Read more about how Pelvic Health Physiotherapy can help with Fertility here. You might only need one session just to “re-align” the body and reproductive organs, whereas some women might need a few more sessions for chronic issues.
Maya Abdominal Therapy:
We recommend a Maya Abdominal Therapy consultation to ensure relaxation of the uterine structures. Read more about how Maya Abdominal Therapy can help support Fertility here. Maya Abdominal Therapy sessions are completed with our Registered Massage Therapist.
Ongoing stress management:
We encourage you to have regular counseling sessions throughout your fertility journey to ensure that you can continue to stay balanced emotionally, as that will impact your physical health as well.
Get ready for IVF/IUI: At the end of the 3 months of phase 3, you’re ready to start IVF or IUI if that’s what you were planning. We’ll continue acupuncture leading up to and after the transfer, and during the early stages of a confirmed pregnancy. We’ll adapt our plan to make sure everything you are taking is safe while starting any fertility medications. Read more about how we can support IVF or IUI here.
If you are looking for natural conception, or have a long wait before IVF/IUI, you move on to Phase 4 of the Natural Fertility Program.
Phase 4: The Maintenance Phase
This is the phase where natural conception is most likely to happen. Your body by now has reached a new level of balance but we need to make sure to keep that going. We’ll continue to guide you throughout your “trying to conceive” journey to ensure that we maintain your balance and keep up with all the hard work that you’ve done so far. Follow-up appointments every 6-8 weeks will help keep you on track, prevent relapses to old habits, and maintain the health momentum that you achieved through the earlier phases.
For more complex cases of hormonal imbalances or infertility, we regularly re-assess and re-evaluate to ensure that we are seeing results. Sometimes that can mean re-testing or delving deeper to address or uncover other potential causes. You may remain in phase 3 for other concerns, yet progress to phase 4 for aspects of your health that have improved.
We want to help you reach your ultimate health goals. It’s not just about having a baby, but being able to reach your best state of health. We’re here for continued guidance and support, and to keep pushing you towards reaching your health goals.