IVF/ART Support

IVF / ART support involves supporting our patients through the process of In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or those using Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). A growing number of couples (1 in 6) are needing to use IVF or assisted reproductive approaches, and this number is on the rise.

Natural medicine has shown to be effective at improving outcomes of IVF/ART and can also bring a scope of holistic support that many patients feel help to carry them through this dynamic journey.

How does natural medicine support ivf and ART Cycles?

Your naturopath or nutritionist can help to:

  • Provide guidance for preconceptive care.
  • Improve egg and sperm quality to increase the chances of a successful cycle.
  • Improve ovarian response and endometrial receptivity to improve implantation and reduce miscarriage risk.
  • Provide benefits for overall health and wellness in both partners.
  • Provide relief from the physical and emotional stressors and symptoms that can arise during the specialised process of IVF/ART.
  • Support healthy pregnancy and post-natal outcomes.

Where can Naturopathy and Nutrition Be used in IVF/ART Cycles?

Generally speaking, your naturopath or nutritionist can offer assistance at any stage of your journey.

Ideally, we would work with you and/or your partner during the preconceptive care stage, as we feel that the jump from GP to IVF specialist can be a big one, where so much can be done!

If ART or IVF has been determined as your best option we can support individuals and couples through:

  • Ovulation induction
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
  • In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
  • Frozen Embryo Transfer Cycles (FET)

The pathway through IVF can be a challenging one to navigate, this is where our practitioners can offer guidance and support, specific to your IVF/ART protocol and your circumstances, to improve not only healthy pregnancy outcomes but also your overall health and wellbeing.

What strategies are used in supporting individuals and couples through IVF/Art cycles?

As naturopaths we use a variety of treatment options to give you the best support available. Our core aims of naturopathy follow through to our approach for pre-conception care and IVF/ART support. As well as taking thorough case history, and learning from what you can tell us about your journey so far, we also strongly believe in both pathology and functional testing as a key place to start when looking into drivers and causes of infertility. You can read more about our general testing options here, however for preconception and fertility, we specifically like to check:

  • Full panel blood test
  • Full preconception blood testing as suggested by the RACGP, similar to what your GP might order when you become pregnant
  • Vitamin and mineral level testing
  • MTHFR screening
  • Hormone panels
  • Semen analysis
  • And more, depending on your individual health and history

Once we have a clearer picture of what is going on for you, as an individual, we form a treatment strategy that takes into account everything we’ve discovered together so far, and your particular stage in an IVF/ART cycle.

We like to use a combination of nutritional and herbal medicine, to achieve our treatment aims, which have foundations in solid, evidence-based medicine. Alongside your herbal and nutritional supplements, we support you through dietary and lifestyle strategies that have shown to be effective and achievable.

Have a read of Living Holistic Health Founder Morgan Helmling’s 5 natural therapy approaches to improving IVF success for more information.

Get in touch

If you’re looking for a way to include holistic support for you and/or your partner during IVF/ART cycles, book in with one of our supportive naturopaths to get started.

Guidance from a professional can offer you peace of mind, access to high quality evidence-based supplementation and also teach you how to look after yourself in ways that ensure you and your family have the best chance of a successful pregnancy and beyond.

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