Pre-conception Program

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Pre-conception programs have demonstrated a 80% success ratio in studies


Natural Fertility Treatment

Infertility in our modern society has risen to epidemic proportions, one in every six couples fail to reach a successful outcome. There is no doubt our fast paced lifestyles’, less than optimal diets and exposure to higher levels of environmental pollutants all contribute to higher rates of infertility we experience today. Thankfully using nutritional supplementation of vitamins and minerals, medicinal herbs to balance hormones and reduce stress we can reverse these trends.

The use of medicinal herbs to improve fertility rates is not a new phenomenon, many ancient civilisations have utilised specific herbs to promote fertility.

Only people who are committed should contemplate partaking in this program as there will be some considerable lifestyle changes required in most cases. Lifestyle factors that need to be considered include;

  • No smoking
  • No drinking alcohol
  • No caffeine (coffee /chocolate)
  • Reducing sugar intake
  • Minimising saturated fat and Trans fatty acid intake
  • Increasing fitness levels
  • Losing weight or gaining weight if required
  • Limiting your exposure to toxins
  • Drinking lots of filtered water
  • Having sexual intercourse often
  • Preparing healthy meals with lots of vegetables
  • Eating two pieces of fruit per day
  • Consuming organic food whenever possible
  • Learning stress reduction techniques if required
  • Taking vitamin and herbal supplements

Those people who follow the program closest will generally achieve the quickest results. In fact many people have more vitality after changing the old unhealthy lifestyle factors that they continue to practice these newly learnt healthy options after conception has occurred.

Considerations when trying to conceive naturally include the frequency and timing of intercourse, menstrual history, psychological factors, history of immune system, physical and mental condition of both partners. It is important to remember poor diet and stress significantly reduce the likelihood of conceiving.

There are numerous medical conditions which may result in infertility; these include immature or abnormal reproductive systems, endometriosis (it is estimated that 15-20% of all women between 20 and 35 have endometriosis), polycystic ovaries, fibroids, and systemic conditions such as diabetes, endocrine dysfunction such as thyroid, pituitary or pineal tumours, anorexia nervosa, impaired liver function, and emotional problems (stress).

Conditions that usually respond successfully to natural medicine include;

  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Fibroids
  • Low sperm count, motility and quality
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Candida thrush
  • Diabetes/ insulin resistance
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Stress
  • Miscarriage
  • Liver function
  • Thyroid function

The diagnosis of infertility occurs after 12 months of trying to conceive unsuccessfully.

Even though you may consider that your diet is healthy, additional nutrients and anti-oxidants are required for optimum health due to the increasing levels of stress and toxins we are exposed in this modern era. The food we eat is sprayed with chemicals, the water we drink is treated with chemicals and the air we breathe is tainted with toxins. Personally tailored diets may also need to be implemented depending on your circumstances.

Diagnostic tools that may be considered depending on your particular circumstances are as follows;

  • Free radical test (measures the liver’s ability to break down toxins)
  • Diet/ Lifestyle evaluation
  • Live blood test
  • Glucose testing of blood and urine
  • Salivary hormone assay (females) oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone
  • Urinary indicant test (measures Candida)
  • Blood glucose and insulin resistance
  • PH testing of saliva and urine
  • 24 Hour urine test (measures your minerals and vitamin profile)
  • Food allergy testing
  • Blood pressure
  • Height / weight assessment

Do both partners need to be involved in fertility program? Yes, as the male partner can be responsible for infertility in approx 40% of cases!

Do male partners need to come to all consultations? They will need to attend at least a couple of consultations. They may need to attend more consultations if they have abnormal test results.


Polycystic ovaries – (PCOS)

Although the cause of this condition is still poorly understood it is thought to be related to an imbalance of the endocrine system. Multiple cysts can form on the ovaries affecting their functional capacities. Symptoms of this condition include, infertility, insulin resistance, increased testosterone levels, increased facial hair, scalp hair loss, acne, obesity, periods longer than 35 days (oligomenorrhea). Not all these symptoms have to be present when diagnosing PCOS. The diagnosis is usually confirmed  by using  an ultra sound of the ovaries to detect cysts. PCOS is the cause of 35% of female infertility. Medical treatment involves the use of clomid which stimulate ovulation, and combined oral contraceptive to help relieve symptoms. Other treatments recommended by your GP may include gonadotrophin releasing hormones agonists, glucocorticoids, ketoconszole, finasteride and metformin for blood sugar regulation. Unfortunately these can have negative affects and indeed metformin cannot be taken in the second and third trimester of pregnancy. The combined pill can exacerbate insulin resistance in those women who gain weight.
Natural remedies are very successful at treating PCOS, although it may take months to achieve a complete resolution after just weeks of treatment there should be a noticeable improvement in symptoms. Exercise as well as nutritional supplementation and medicinal herbs to balance the hormones and blood sugar levels are all important components of this treatment protocol.



This is a condition where the uterine lining becomes detached and is transported to the abdominal cavity, where it can grow in unusual locations such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, rectum or colon. These fragmented tissues continue to grow in response to hormonal stimuli until cysts are formed. These cysts are the cause of the pain, and cause scarring and adhesions which can result in infertility. In fact some studies suggest up to 50% of women with infertility have endometriosis.75 % of women will have some pain at either menstruation or ovulation, which can include back or leg pain. Bowel movements can be affected  and heavy or prolonged bleeding is common. Low energy and underactive thyroid are other symptoms. A significant number of women can have no symptoms and they are generally diagnosed after trying to conceive unsuccessfully.

This condition is diagnosed with a surgical procedure known as a laparoscopy and drugs such as the pill are given to prevent ovulation and menstruation. Surgery is commonly used to treat endometriosis, unfortunately in many cases within 5 years it returns. Laser surgery can be used to treat scarring and adhesions. The medical treatment, however does not treat the cause of the problem and therefore is often unsuccessful in the long term. Indeed being on the contraceptive pill makes it impossible to conceive anyway! Natural remedies again are very successful at treating this condition. Medicinal herbs that balance the hormones, reduce stress, clear the lymphatics, reduce scarring, relieves pain and inflammaton are all very useful. Nutrients needed to repair tissues also very important. Specific vitamins and minerals are chosen here. In many cases certain foods such as dairy will need to be eliminated from the diet.



Is a period of care which is concerned with healthy lifestyle choices prior to pregnancy which allows the healthiest outcome possible for couples who are planning to have children. It usually involves a time span of 4 – 6 months. A steady flow of recent studies are now indicating that those parents who supplement with vitamins and minerals before conception takes place have less chance of giving birth to children with deformities and poor health.It has been found that by Dr. G Koren from the University of Toronto that there is a 36% reduction in childhood Leukemia in their offspring whose mothers had a multi-vitamin before and during pregnancy.

Why do we start pre-conception period 4-6 months before conceiving?
It takes sperm approximately 4 months to form and follicles 3 months to mature. So we need this period to insure that we are developing the healthiest sperm and follicles.
Can I still participate in a pre-conception program if I’m partaking in IVF treatment?
Yes, in fact many IVF clinics now suggest taking a pre-natal multi-vitamin and monitoring weight. Combining a pre-conception program with your IVF treatment will dramatically increase the chances of conceiving in many cases.
Why should you choose a pre-conception program instead of IVF?

IVF is expensive, has only a 30% success ratio per cycle, and higher chance of multiple births. Having preterm births (lower birth weights) increases the risk of cerebral palsy by 9 times and death by 3 times to babies. Having multiple births is not only dangerous for the babies but also the mother. There are also no invasive procedures performed throughout a natural fertility program Unlike IVF. A pre-conception program is a more holistic approach to achieving conception, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects are all explored. IVF is a great option for those who have structural damage to reproductive organs or some other medical condition where conceiving is not possible naturally. If your one of the few who fail to conceive naturally after completing a pre-conception program IVF in this case would also be encouraged. IVF In my opinion should generally be a last option not a first case treatment for fertility issues.