It’s not as easy as everyone might think to conceive and carry a baby to term. Regardless of where you are in the world the quest for parenthood and having a baby can be complicated. For instance did you know that even when two healthy people of the opposite sex con
What does holistic mean? It took me a really long time to understand the term “holistic fertility approach”. For instance I am used to looking at my body in separate sections. My circulatory system, my cardiovascular section, my digestive system, my reproductive system, my nervous system, etc… The holistic approach is looking at your body, and your health and your life as a whole, not viewing them as separate because they are all very much connected. Also the cool thing about holistic health is that the goal is to get to the root of the problem or cause of whatever ails you. There are no quick fixes. A good holistic practitioner will leave no stone unturned as they investigate what’s going on with your body.ceive the old fashioned way through the act of intercourse that only one in four couples conceives each month? Just 25%! That means that pregnancy only happens when the right conditions are met and everyone is in the right place at the right time – yes, it’s all about the timing. And for some couples creating the right conditions is tough and can be incredibly frustrating. That’s why many couples begin with a holistic approach to pregnancy.
So here’s an example – women who fail to conceive because they are not getting enough blood flow to their uterus for a myriad of reasons. Perhaps they have an underlying vascular problem that they don’t know about or a circulatory problem that hasn’t been treated. We know when we use techniques such as IVF we can sometimes remedy these issues on a temporary basis by improving blood flow to the uterus and then guess what – We get pregnant!
Now let’s not get too excited just yet – if we continue to have circulatory problems that require treatment (because let’s face it, circulatory problems don’t often cure themselves) diminished blood flow to the uterus almost always increased our odds of miscarriage. And furthermore those kinds of issues can cause even more serious problems like Preeclampsia, Toxemia, or HELLP syndrome all of which are potentially dangerous to mother and baby.
When we see for instance a specialist like a Reproductive Endocrinologist we undergo what they refer to as a conventional infertility diagnostic work up. Detailed medical histories are taken from both the mother and the father. Then there are many blood tests, semen analysis, ultrasounds, as well as other specific tests that are administered by the infertility clinic that are going to give the clinic information about what specifically is happening with your body.
The holistic fertility approach is looking at other factors that are not part of the conventional infertility diagnostic work up – these things can prevent pregnancy as well, or cause complications during pregnancy. A Holistic practitioner looks at things like emotional, personal, nutritional (dietary), environmental, or energetic issues. They refer to these things as “endocrine disrupters” (An endocrine disruptor is a synthetic chemical that when absorbed into the body either mimics or blocks hormones and disrupts the body’s normal functions.) that can potentially damage your uterus or cause DNA damage that could cause complications down the road.
Mind boggling I know.
What does this mean? And how do we fix it? Well, many Reproductive Endocrinologists have thankfully jumped on the “holistic bandwagon” and we are seeing that many RE’s supporting their patient’s desires to seek acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition, mental imagery, Craniosacral therapy, fertility herbs, as well as stress reduction techniques as an adjunct to standard fertility protocols. These treatments all are administered by a registered and licensed Holistic Practitioner.
In the Global IVF Series I: Holistic Fertility Approach we explore individually diet, nutrition, acupuncture, mental imagery, Craniosacral Therapy, fertility herbs, and stress reduction techniques as well as how to select the right practitioner for you regardless of where you are around the world, or where you go to seek fertility treatment.