By: Dr. Thalia Farshchian
1. What exactly is a naturopathic fertility Doctor?
Naturopathic doctors are trained primary care doctors after completing an undergraduate degree and 4-year medical graduate program. While trained in conventional medical modalities, our perspective and approach allows us to put conventional treatments on the backburner. Naturopathic medicine is the convergence point of western and eastern medicine.
Our primary goal is to identify and treat the cause of disease. We are able to successful do this by understanding the body as a whole to make connections between seemingly unrelated symptoms. We educate our patients about the current state of their health and create a plan for resolution.
Once the cause or causes have been established, we use diet/lifestyle modifications, nutrients, herbs, bio-identical hormones, and intravenous therapy to help bring a body back into balance
2. What inspired you to become a naturopathic Dr.?
I have always appreciated knowing the “why” of everything. My experience with conventional medicine rarely actually identified the “why.” I was consistently symptomatically treated and my doctor spent very little time with me.
When I stumbled and fell on a naturopathic doctor, I had found my medicine. My doctor spent over an hour with me at my initial visit, listened to my story, and did a series of specialty tests to understand my health. At my second visit, he helped me understand my body and how to best support it. Within two months, all of my symptoms were resolved and I was on track to a healthier lifestyle. After my second visit, I asked him, “what do you do and how do I do it?” The rest was history.
3. What are common issues you see with patients dealing with infertility?
The common issues I see in men and women facing infertility are:
- Hormone Imbalance
- Stress Hormones
- Thyroid Hormones
- Sex Hormones
- Nutrient Deficiencies
- Pre-exisiting conditions (diagnosed or undiagnosed): endometriosis, obesity, autoimmune disease
Stress is known to be the number one cause of infertility. Stress impacts thyroid function and the proper production of proper sex hormones. When under chronic stress, the body puts creating a baby in the backseat. By holistically looking at stress hormones, thyroid hormones, sex hormones, and nutrient status collectively, I am able to recreate a balance more nurturing to have a baby.
4.How do you work hand in hand with traditional medicine treatment vs. naturopathic?
Whether you decide to go the traditional route, naturopathic route, or a combo of both, a naturopathic foundation will always serve you. I am either the first stop to becoming fertile or work with traditional practitioners to create a smoother and healthier ride for mothers. I have worked in conjunction with IVF clinics to optimize nutrition and enhance hormone detoxification.
For example: Often women turn to IVF and are able to conceive, but commonly find themselves slammed by postpartum depression. After all of the energy expended to have a baby, it is very discouraging to mothers to still not feel the elation they want to. This can happen due to an underlying hormone imbalance that was never properly addressed.
After seeing so many cases ending in depression, I strongly believe in an integrative approach.
5. Do you see naturopathic medicine being embraced in the US, what about on a global level?
Naturopathic medicine is a rapidly growing field in the United States as people become frustrated with the conventional system. The nice thing about naturopathic medicine is that it is actually nothing new! It is rooted in medicine that has been used for countless generations.
With new research to support it, more advancements are happening in alternative medicine supporting the effectiveness of the treatments. Many other countries, especially in Europe, have already had the realization of the importance of integrative medicine and many more will follow
6. What frame of mind do people need to have when going down the naturopathic road?
As with other fertility treatments, timing is not guaranteed. Your results will be dependent on the level/severity of imbalances. Once your imbalances have been identified, much of the work lays in your own hands and your doctor will serve as a guide to make the transitions as smooth as possible.
Naturopathic treatments are sometimes more complex than a magic pill and may incorporate drastic lifestyle and diet modifications. As a patient, you need to be ready to do the work. At the end of the day, you need to believe and feel comfortable in whichever road you choose.
Dr. Thalia Farshchian - www.drthalia.com
Naturopathic Fertility Doctor