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Fertility – Frequently Asked Questions

What is infertility? Is it a common problem? Is infertility just a woman’s problem? The Docs answer your most frequently asked questions.

What is infertility?

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after a year of regular intercourse or carry a baby to term.

Is infertility a common problem?

In 2010 the Canadian Community Health Survey found that infertility rates ranged from 11.5% to 15.7% of couples. This has increased over the years.

In 1992, 8.5% of women aged 18-44 who were married or living common-law were considered infertile.

In 1984, the figure was 5.4%

Is infertility just a woman’s problem?

No.

  • 30% due to male factors
  • 40% due to female factors
  • 30% due to mixed male and female and/or unexplained infertility

What causes infertility in women?

  • Absent period
  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Endometriosis
  • High FHS levels
  • Low progesterone
  • Luteal phase defect
  • Ovarian cysts
  • PCOS
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Stress & fertility
  • Uterine fibroids

What causes infertility in men?

  • Chromosomal or genetic causes – DNA fragmentation
  • Testicular torsion/injury
  • Drugs, chemicals, or radiation damage
  • Sperm antibodies
  • Injury or infection
  • Retrograde and premature ejaculations
  • Failure of ejaculation
  • Infrequent intercourse
  • Damage to nerves
  • Toxicity, oxidative damage to sperm
  • Poor nutritional status
  • Intake of other cravings: alcohol, coffee/caffeine, cigarettes, poor diet, recreation drugs such as marijuana

How can naturopathic medicine help?

Naturopathic doctors work with the subtle abnormalities not just the big ones.  Just having a period isn’t good enough for us. We want to optimize your hormones and make both partners as healthy as possible.

We do a thorough assessment of preferably both parents.  Lab work and physical exam helps us evaluate the nutritional status of the parents.

From this information gathered we determine which herbs and supplements are appropriate for each parent.  We also make dietary recommendations based on the information gathered.

If your time and budget allows, we perform acupuncture based on your symptoms and what treatments you are undergoing.

We do not believe that one protocol helps all people.  Just because your friend tried this diet or this supplement and got pregnant doesn’t mean that it will work for you.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us for a free meet the doctor or book your fertility intake appointment to get started. 

Our new welcome video

We had a great morning filming this a few weeks ago. We invited some of our favourite people to star in our short welcome video with us. Erin Smith, RMT (705) 796-1489 and her husband Guy and little Henry. We also had our good friend Trudy who works next door at Therapeutic Mobility. She’s the one getting acupuncture and cupping. Our video was shot by Carole who is a lovely local videographer. She was so fun to work with.

Check it out and share with your friends!