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    Default Anyone been to a naturopath to help fertility?

    I am curious to know if anyone has been to a naturopath to help with fertility and help with hormone imbalances? And if so did it help?

    I spot every cycle from about 10DPO and I believe there must be a hormone imbalance (GP hasn't or should I say wont send me for tests so looking for a new one) I thought maybe there is a natural way to sort this problem.

    Any help would be appreciated

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    Hi

    I am going to see one this weekend. I have an LP of 10 days too which I need to fix - I think its because I still nurse DD at night. In the mean time I have started on Vit B6 100 mg a day.

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    I went to a naturopath when I was diagnosed with PCOS after not getting my period back after stopping taking the pill. She had me taking herbal mixtures and a number of vitamins and supplements to try and regulate my hormones.
    I found her SO thorough in going through my medical/health history, more thorough than any GP I had seen, and her approach was very wholistic.
    I ended up needing clomid to conceive (and now have gorgeous twin boys!) but found seeing my naturopath excellent in preparing my body to conceive by helping me become even more healthy and opening my eyes to a more natural lifestyle!
    Oh, it is worth mentioning that it can get expensive to not only see the naturopath but to buy the herb mixtures and supplements etc
    But I found it worthwhile!
    Good luck!

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    Hi Cherished sorry to hear you are having a hard time. I have been to a few different naturopaths over the years for various issues and have found it excellent, very effective. A few years ago I was diagnosed by my GP with PCOS, and had loads of blood tests and scans done etc...I took all the results to my naturopath and she has done a fantastic job of regulating my cycle and now we are TTC#1. I used to have very irregular cycles ranging from 16-90 days approx!! And always had mid-cycle spotting like you described. She told me my spotting was to do with excessive estrogen, as my tests had shown estrogen dominance. I hardly ever ovulated and would have a very short luteal phase and basically no progesterone.
    So....for a while now I have been on some herbs and nutrients and I can very happily say I have a regular cycle! I now seem to be ovulating every month and my luteal phase is getting longer. So I am confident that is all a result of what she has done, it has been an amazing change.
    Sometimes the herbs and supplements can be expensive but I would rather pay that money to try and fall pregnant naturally than go straight down the fertility specialist path. Although if we do not fall pregnant naturally I am still open to seeing a specialist, and believe that the naturopath's help will support whatever other treatment I need.

    Good luck!

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    hi!
    I too had mid cycle spotting which went on for many many months. The naturopath i saw was very very thorough and suggested I had a thyroid condition and should get tested. The many dr's i saw sat on the fence about it for 10 long months before finally diagnosing hypothroidism(hashimotos) and finally getting treatment. But in the mean time I was put on herbs that the naturopath provided me and these cleared most of my symptoms. She also suggested that I stay away from 'the pill' and use alternative non hormonal based contraception methods (this was when I was first married, 6 months prior to ttc). Im so happy i had her advice (and followed it). with much precon care we fell pregnant after our third cycle (baby boy is now 8 months).
    If possible i would suggest you see someone who specialises in womens fertility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sezzle View Post
    I went to a naturopath when I was diagnosed with PCOS after not getting my period back after stopping taking the pill. She had me taking herbal mixtures and a number of vitamins and supplements to try and regulate my hormones.
    I found her SO thorough in going through my medical/health history, more thorough than any GP I had seen, and her approach was very wholistic.
    I ended up needing clomid to conceive (and now have gorgeous twin boys!) but found seeing my naturopath excellent in preparing my body to conceive by helping me become even more healthy and opening my eyes to a more natural lifestyle!
    Oh, it is worth mentioning that it can get expensive to not only see the naturopath but to buy the herb mixtures and supplements etc
    But I found it worthwhile!
    Good luck!

    Hey there,

    I have pcos and scarring on my FT... I was seeing a naturopath for 8 months and she was fantastic (and very thorough). It didn't help me to concieve (due to damage on FT) but my cycles were 100% better. I would definately recommend trying this if you were looking for an alternative to medications and IVF etc - best of luck

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    Thankyou everyone for your replies!!

    I am getting some blood tests and scans from a different GP first as We dont know what the actual problem is yet? But there definately is a problem.

    I spoke to a naturopath and to run all the tests and a 1 and a half hour consultation is $200 which includes $50 worth of herbs and supplements.

    I think I will find out what the problem is first and then see what I can do, But spotting for 5 days before AF can not be normal.

    Thankyou again

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    Hi, I saw a naturopath (against my GP's wishes) expressly for the purpose of getting pregnant. She was local & had 10+ years experience in this particular field.

    I was put on a pre-conception program which I followed to the letter for 3 months during which time I lost 5 kg's - no issue there, lost weight due to no dairy, wheat or sugar so was happy about that really.
    I was on a strict eating program which I enjoyed as ate good food regularly & felt better for it.
    We followed the billings method & conceived the first try & were elated as you can imagine. I saw my naturopath 5 weeks after conception at which point she put me on folate (thought it strange had not been on it prior but trusted her judgement).
    Saw her again after my 12 week scan and she actually said, I quote 'I'm surprised you haven't miscarried'. As you can imagine this rang further alarm bells for me as I was paying hundreds of dollars for the sessions & supplements & tests to avoid that! Anyway, kept on with it.
    Saw her after my 20 week scan & told her that my baby had a cleft lip (not inclusive of palate), she said, I quote 'mmmmm......should have checked your vitamin A levels prior to you trying to conceive'. Despite all this I continued to see her for the duration of the pregnancy.

    I am not saying don't consider natural medicine to assist in conception, for all I know we may not have gotten pregnant at all or my child could have had worse defects if I hadn't seen her. Saying that, next time I'm sticking to the standard way as my GP seems to think the detox part of the pre-conception program was what caused the birth defect.
    What I will say is trust your instincts & be sure to get a referral from others before choosing a naturopath as there are hundreds of women out there who have had wonderful experiences with them.
    Best of luck

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    I have seen the same naturopath for both of my pregnancies. I had many years of PCOS and infertility before seeing my naturopath. Her name is Fiona Rattur and I fell pregnant within 6 weeks of seeing her and now I have 2 healthy children after she also helped me with my second child. I trust her and she is very knowledgeable and work in with any other health professionals I see. I think it is really important to see a naturopath who has a degree and who is registered with a professional association. I have heard of a lot of people being ripped off by people calling themselves naturopaths with no experience.

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    Yes I saw a naturopath just before we were going to begin IVF. It cost me $500 to go on his natural fertility program which involved me taking up to 8 different mixes a day. He says that most of his patients get pregnant within 3 months.... it took me 2 months. My husband also followed the program and took 3 weeks off work. (FIFO) I am now 29 weeks pregnant and have just finished the pregnancy support formula. I would definitely recommend giving it a go.


 

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