Fertility Naturopath Toronto - A Holistic Approach to Fertility
Our Naturopathic Approach to Treating Fertility Issues
Our natural fertility treatment is based on improving cellular and mitochondrial health. Oocytes(eggs) as the largest cell in the human body have a large number of mitochondria – the cell’s energy factory. The mitochondria of the oocytes have to do a lot of growing and work as they go through the process of maturation, fertilization and embryo formation.
During this process, the mitochondria and oocytes are susceptible to oxidative stress from inflammation, aging, insulin resistance, environmental toxins, which can damage egg quality and even cause changes in DNA function (epigenetics) that are transmitted to future generations.
These factors also have similar impacts on sperm health, and it is now known that epigenetic marks from both the mother and father are passed to future generations.
As a result, a foundation of our naturopathic fertility treatment is to protect and support egg and sperm quality.
The first step is a 2-hour initial appointment where your naturopathic doctor will carefully review your fertility goals and history, perform physical exams and recommend lab work when indicated.
After carefully reviewing your case, your naturopathic doctor will prescribe combinations of supplements along with a diet program and lifestyle suggestions to increase your ability to conceive. In some cases, we may also prescribe natural progesterone when indicated.
Have questions so far?
How Can Our Natural Fertility Program Help You?
Here are some examples of how our naturopaths can help with your fertility
- Identify previously missed factors that are affecting fertility with a detailed review
- Diagnose unexplained infertility
- Provide counseling on environmental toxins that impact fertility
- Provide diets to support fertility including those that target inflammation and PCOS.
- Provide support for stress management
- Provide support and advice on fertility-related health topics
- Prescribe supplements and natural hormones if needed to support fertility
Our natural fertility protocols include micronutrients, antioxidants, nutraceuticals and botanical medicines with research to support their benefits for:
- Egg Quality
- Sperm Quality
- Implantation and Lining Health
- Hormone Balance
- PCOS Specific Egg Quality and Hormone Balance
- PCOS Specific Egg Quality and Hormone Balance
- Preventing Miscarriage
- Anti-Inflammatory Support
- Circulatory Health
- IVF-safe supplements to support egg quality and fertility*
We also provide acupuncture, using research-driven protocols that have been proven to increase fertility by a substantial margin (40-60% increase in success rates for IVF cycles). Acupuncture promotes relaxation while improving circulation to the pelvic organs and developing follicles as you go through natural cycles, or prepare for your IVF or IUI cycles.
What makes our fertility care unique?
We take a great deal of time analyzing your case. As a result, we are able to uncover causes of unexplained infertility with a high success rate because we have plenty of time to consider every factor.
We offer support throughout the entire fertility process, and whenever you have questions, we are here to answer them!
We work along with your fertility doctor – we’re always open to communicating and collaborating for your best care.
And finally, we offer insight and experience in naturopathic fertility care – we are highly specialized and have worked with hundreds of patients going through the fertility journey. Our team is fully collaborative, we share case studies, and are constantly learning together.
Fertility conditions that we treat include:
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Poor Egg Quality
- Low Ovarian Reserve
- Implantation Issues
- Autoimmune Infertility
- Luteal Phase Defect
- Poor Response to Fertility Medication
- Thing Lining and Poor Circulation
- Clotting Disorders
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Ovulatory Disorders
- Hypothyroidism and Thyroiditis
- Recurrent Miscarriage
- Male Factor Infertility
- Unexplained Infertility
- Stress and Fertility Impacts
- Early Menopause
Egg quality and Timing
If your naturopath is working on your egg quality with supplements and/or acupuncture, it is important to know that your follicles go through a more than 90 day maturation process in the ovary.
It can take this period of time to achieve benefits for egg quality, though you may see improvements along the way. For other conditions, treatment time may vary so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Our Doctors taking New Patients for Fertility
Dr Kelly Clinning
Dr Samina Mitha
Dr Fiona McCulloch
Articles on Fertility
Many patients take the birth control pill for long periods of time. Whether that be to treat a hormonal disorder like PCOS, or Endometriosis, or to provide contraception, there are a variety of reasons that a woman may take the pill for years. It has long been thought that there has been no detrimental effect on fertility with oral contraceptive use. New information suggests a correlation between the health of the endometrium and birth control pill use, particularly in women who use the pill for an extended period of time.
Resveratrol is a compound for grapes that has been linked in several studies to healthy fertility. The benefits range from possible help for egg quality, to improvement of PCOS and circulation. Read this comprehensive article, part 2 of a 4 part series on this important nutrient for fertility.
Tomorrow, January 28th, 2014, I’ll be providing a webinar through the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors on the topic of Advanced Fertility Topics: PCOS, Autoimmune Infertility and Egg Quality. 2 CE credits are approved for licensed NDs (1 botanical medicine and 1 clinical nutrition).
Male infertility accounts from anywhere from 30-50% of infertility worldwide. IVF is an expensive procedure that is often used to treat male factor infertility, however, there is good evidence that many natural supplements and antioxidants may improve the sperm count and as such, improve fertility.
This double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial investigated a group of 46 male patients between 26 and 40 years of age who had low sperm count, between 5-20 million/ml. The group receiving the treatment were given 225 mg per day of a full spectrum root extract of this herb.
Maca root is a commonly used traditional herb in South America to improve fertility in both men and women. Although it has been commonly used in botanical medicine for these purposes, the exact action on the endocrine system remains to be fully understood. A new study has been released which may have uncovered some of this mystery. In this study, maca root was given to female rats for a period of 7 weeks at various doses.