Support • Preparation • Anticipation
Your fertility is a precious gift and can also be seen as measure of your overall health. It is also completely individual, with each of us having a unique experience and presentation.
For some of us, our babies are conceived easily (surprise!), for others they are lovingly planned and spaced out. And I would love to help create that story!
And for some of us, well, it’s a bit harder.
None of us imagine that we’ll bring our babies into the world after years (and years) of trying. Or with the assistance of IVF. Or after the loss of an earlier exquisite heartbeat. Or later in life because we’ve only just met the other half to our whole. But sometimes, this is exactly how it works out.
I have had comprehensive experience working with individuals and couples to support their fertility for over ten years in one of Australia’s most respected natural fertility clinics, and have worked collaboratively alongside GPs, IVF specialists and other allied health professionals during that time.
I have helped couples to gently detox and plan and prepare for their pregnancies. I have also helped couples achieve their ‘miracle’ babies, by looking just a little bit more closely - at environmental exposures, thyroid health, sperm cell DNA fragmentation, auto immunity, uterine alignment and more.
Wherever you are up to, and whatever your experience has been, your fertility will be reviewed with great care and thoroughness.
Pre Conception Health Care
Pre Conception Health Care is all about preparing couples for their pregnancy. The aim is to work toward optimal health for both of you, with special emphasis on hormonal balance, egg and sperm cell quality, and uterine health. And the outcome? To support a healthy conception, to maintain that pregnancy, and to have a healthy baby at the end of it all!
Research is now confirming that the three months prior to conception taking place may actually be the most important time of a pregnancy. And that's because the health of your egg and sperm cells are what contribute to a healthy pregnancy and baby. It is this very precious time that can reduce your baby’s chance of developing asthma, eczema, learning difficulties, diabetes & obesity and, remarkably, of reducing the chance of your grandchildren developing those conditions as well! It makes sense, healthy parents are more likely to have healthy babies.
A dedicated preconception approach to reducing risk factors associated with poorer fertility (eg. increased weight, smoking, excessive coffee and alcohol consumption) has also been shown to act as a conception ‘boost’, improving fertility outcomes.
The timeframe for preconception is the 12 weeks before you start trying to conceive. This special window is the time it takes for sperm cells to be formed and to mature, and for egg cells to mature before ovulation. And during this time, sperm and egg cells (respectively, the very smallest and the very largest cells in the human body), are maturing in the environment that we create for them - the air we breathe, the fluids we drink, the foods we eat, the products we apply to our skin.
So during this time, we want to make sure we are nourishing those cells as best we can, with positive dietary and lifestyle considerations, and appropriate, individualised herbal or nutritional supplementation, to provide egg and sperm with all the building blocks they require to be as healthy as possible.
Pre Conception health care is valuable for all of us - young or old(er), with a history of fertility problems or without, preparing for a natural conception or an IVF cycle.
And really, don’t you sometimes feel the preparation for something is half the fun…?!
IVF is an incredible technology. Such a great way to get egg and sperm together where natural conception attempts have been unsuccessful, or aren’t possible, for example with blocked fallopian tubes, or when using donor egg or sperm.But IVF does not address egg quality, sperm quality or uterine health. It doesn’t always address underlying health conditions that may be contributing to reduced fertility.
Utilising naturopathic treatment and philosophy prior to and alongside your IVF cycle can improve your outcomes. Having someone thoroughly assess your overall health, your reproductive health including the outcome of any prior IVF cycles, and look even more closely for anything else undiscovered that may be contributing to your picture, can make all the difference.
Three months preparation time before an IVF cycle is ideal, but every little thing you do counts. Come on in if you already have a cycle booked, but want to make sure you’re doing all you can to try and get the most out of it.
Infertility & Miscarriage management
‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you’ Maya Angelou
The sad truth is that one in six couples have difficulty conceiving. One in five women will miscarry. And 1 in 20 couples will experience two miscarriages in a row.
And there are many contributing factors to these sobering statistics. Age at conception (male and female age), hormonal imbalance, endometriosis, weight management, poor sperm parameters, lifestyle habits, problems with folate metabolism, auto-immune issues, thyroid conditions, genetic variants, clotting abnormalities, infection. Usually, it’s a combination of factors, and it must be remembered that egg and sperm contribute equal amounts of genetic material to each pregnancy - men as well as women should be investigated and supported here.
Your fertility can be improved. Miscarriage risk can be reduced.
A couple-focused preconception period, with comprehensive investigation, should absolutely be considered.
Fee structure for Fertility appointments
A complementary half hour chat is available to discuss where you’re up to, and to work out the best course of action.The initial appointment lays the groundwork for our work together. It is structured around taking a detailed case history. Appointments can be conducted in the clinic, or via phone/Skype. Please bring to your appointment your completed Fertility Questionnaire, any relevant medical results, and any supplements or medications you’re currently taking.
|Initial appointment (couple)||2 hours||$400|
|Initial appointment (individual)||2 hours||$300|
The second appointment can be held on the same day if you are seeing me from interstate or overseas, or if it works best for your schedule. Otherwise, it's usually held 1 -2 weeks after the initial appointment. Your treatment begins in earnest at this appointment as I formulate your specific prescription.
|Second appointment (couple)||2 hours||$400|
|Second appointment (individual)||2 hours||$300|
Follow up appointments are held every 4 - 6 weeks, giving me the opportunity to revise your treatment plan at each stage.
|Follow up appointment (couple)||60 min||$200|
|Follow up appointment (individual)||60 min||$150|
Prescribed herbs and supplements are additional.
If at any stage of treatment the costs become prohibitive, please let me know so we can work out a budget that’s workable.
Guys, please note that three days notice is required to cancel or move a two-hour appointment, 24 hours notice for a follow up appointment. This courtesy allows me to contact others on the waitlist if a space becomes available. A 30% (+GST) cancellation fee will be charged if adequate notice is not received.