Natural Fertility

Natural Fertility is the term we at Living Holistic Health use to encompass our holistic approach to pre-conception and fertility care. Preconception care aims at getting you in the best state of health before becoming pregnant, to support a successful conception, the best outcomes for pregnancy and a healthy start to life for your child or children.

Who is Natural Fertility and Pre-Conception Support for?

Natural Fertility can benefit people in all stages of their fertility journey. We also support families and individuals undergoing In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or using assisted reproductive technology read more about that here.

Who can we help?

  • All prospective parents
  • Couples taking longer than they’d like to conceive
  • Couples and individuals experiencing infertility and sub-fertility (defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months or more of regular unprotected intercourse with the same partner OR 3 unsuccessful IUI (intrauterine insemination) cycles.
  • Couples and individuals with a history of miscarriage or stillbirth.
  • Women having children close together in age
  • Women with diagnosed or suspected reproductive/gynaecological conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids etc.
  • Older couples
  • People with underlying health conditions such as autoimmune disease, diabetes, thyroid conditions, obesity, mental health conditions, etc.
  • Women with diagnosed premature ovarian insufficiency or low AMH
  • Men with sub-optimal semen analysis results
  • All women of reproductive age engaging in unprotected sex (Studies show 41% of pregnancies in Australia are unplanned, meaning nearly half of all pregnancies are occurring with no consideration for pre-conceptive care!)


When should i start preconception care?

Preconception care should ideally be started at least 3-4 months prior to attempting to conceive. The basis behind this time frame has to do with the development of an egg (oocyte) and sperm cells.

Woman are born with all the eggs they’ll ever have, and over time the number of viable eggs decreases. In a typical female reproductive cycle an egg takes about 100 days from when it enters the start of a growth cycle until ovulation, the time when it is ready for fertilisation.

Men make sperm on a ‘as required’ basis. Generally this process takes around 70-90 days, called spermatogenesis.

By supporting the health of both partners during the 3-4 months prior to conception we can improve the health of both the egg and the sperm that go on to create a little human life. This not only improves chances of fertility success, but also of the health of child and future generations.

While 3-4 months is our ideal time, we often work with individuals and couples for longer and shorter periods of time to improve success and health outcomes.

In short, its never too early, or too late, to consider preconception care.

Get in touch

If you ‘re looking for a way to include holistic support into your natural fertility journey book in with one of our fantastic naturopaths to get started. Guidance from a professional can offer you peace of mind, symptom relief 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.

Book an Appointment

Latest Posts from Madeline Sheppard