The Awaken Life Natural Fertility Method
My unique Natural Fertility Method was designed to help prepare your body for natural conception, or for assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF or IUI. My approach takes you through a step-by-step process, each phase building upon the previous one. Every part of the program is a key step and my experience shows that the full program, followed in the right order and timing, gives the best results. My goal is to help you bring a healthy baby into this world. I hope I can help you make that dream into a reality.
The Awaken Life Natural Fertility Method is 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.
Through a step-by-step phased approach, I will help you:
- Discover the major systems in your body that are out of balance
- Uncover your hormonal imbalances (even if all your blood tests came back normal)
- Optimize your nutrient levels
- Identify and remove the foods that are causing inflammation in your body
- Put you on the right supplements for YOUR body
- Teach you what to eat to help improve fertility
- Find answers for why you aren’t getting or staying pregnant
Here’s what to expect in working with me through the Awaken Life Natural Fertility program:
Phase 1 - The Discovery Phase
Initial consult with me - The Discovery Fertility Strategy Session
Your fertility program starts off a 90-minute initial consultation with me. During this session, you’ll get to share your story with me, and I will take you through a series of questions to help me understand what might be the imbalances leading to fertility challenges. 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 me 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.
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.
When needed, I’ll also make referrals to the other appropriate highly skilled practitioners in my network, 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. Some people may need more assistance with their diet so I can connect you to an amazing Nutritionist. 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 I might recommend: an IgG food sensitivity blood test, comprehensive dried urine hormone testing, standard blood tests to assess vitamin status (e.g. Iron, B12, Vitamin D), or hormones (e.g. full thyroid panel). 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
The Gentle Fertility Detox
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 my experience, without a clean diet and a clean body, no amount of supplements will correct hormonal imbalances or restore fertility.
During a 1-hour visit with me, we’ll initiate The Gentle Fertility Detox. This 30-day 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 cleanse that you can find off of the internet. It’s a scientifically- based plan that works to set the stage for optimal fertility. Skipping this part would decrease the effectiveness of the subsequent treatment phase.
Better mental clarity
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.
I’ll talk you through what to expect, any side effects, how to safely implement this plan and how to get started.
Phase 3 - The Treatment Phase
Replenish, Restore and Re-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. During this phase of “active treatment”, we will be gently guiding your body to produce hormones in a more balanced way, restoring health to any systems that have not been functioning optimally and transforming how your body’s systems interact with one another.
60 minute post-clean up phase session:
Based on the lab test results, and any information gained from our discovery sessions, I will create a very customized plan of herbs and supplements that are aimed at restoring hormone balance, correcting nutrient deficiencies and boosting nutrient status.
During this 3-month treatment phase, we’ll have once a month 45-minute follow-up appointments (3 sessions) to ensure that we’re on the right path, and continue to address anything that comes up. We’ll continue to monitor progress with your diet changes and tackle any problems areas that you’re having.
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 adapt your plan to make sure everything you are taking is safe while starting any fertility medications. Read more about how I can support IVF or IUI here.
If you are trying to conceive naturally, or have a long wait before IVF/IUI, you move on to Phase 4 of the Natural Fertility Program.
Phase 4: The Maintenance Phase
Maintain your progress and continue to elevate your health
This is the phase where natural conception is more 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.
I 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 before conception. I’m here for continued guidance and support, and to keep pushing you towards reaching your health goals.