So you want to get pregnant.Maybe you’ve been trying to conceive for awhile, unsuccessfully.Maybe you are concerned about your age and don’t know if you can do it naturally.Maybe you’re just thinking ahead to best prepare your body for when you’re ready to make a baby.Wherever you are, listen up - because we’re about to share some key information that your doctors might not even be telling you.Infertility Treatment OptionsLet’s clarify the 4 main treatment options you’ll be faced with:
- Clomid, is an oral ovulation induction medication that acts to support a successful ovulation for women who have identified this as their infertility issue. Clomid mimics estrogen, attaches to those receptors in the hypothalamus and "tricks" the body in to producing more FSH. Because it is blocking estrogen receptor sites in the brain, it also affects the cervix and it's production of the important cervical fluid that allows successful passage of sperm to egg. This cervical fluid is produced during healthy natural ovulation, but often is compromised on Clomid and additional synthetic estrogen often needs to be added to help.
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a method that places sperm directly near the egg in order to bypass inhospitable cervical fluid or to assist with sperm motility issues. Selected sperm are inserted directly into the uterus via the cervix with a catheter. The woman’s ovaries may or may not be stimulated with clomid or injections prior to the procedure. This procedure is particularly effective when male sperm action is comprised.
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a medical procedure that replaces natural reproductive process. Hormonal injections are given to the woman to hyperstimulate the ovaries to increase the number of follicles during an ovulation cycle. These are then surgically harvested and combined with selected sperm outside of the body. Multiple embryos are then inserted into the uterus via the cervix with a catheter. A serious side effect of this is Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS). The hormone injections cause the ovaries to swell and fluid can leak in to the abdominal and chest cavity. Having hormonal imbalances prior to IVF increases the risk for this .
- Egg Freezing is a method in which, similar to IVF, hormonal injections are given to stimulate the growth of the multiple eggs, which are then harvested and frozen for later use.
Our favorite Fertility Treatment: Hormonal Synchronization - our protocol uses a food sequencing technique that supercharges all organs and glands of the endocrine system for optimal function, so you end up with better egg quality, better ovulation, better cervical mucus, and better progesterone levels for successful pregnancy. No side effects except motherhood ;) Risk InvolvedA very important piece of information that often gets left out of this conversation is that multiple rounds of IVF, Clomid, or other hormonal injections can leave you vulnerable to a whole host of hormonal side effects and put you in a position where you might have to take a significant break from attempting to conceive while your body heals from all of this hormonal disturbance and stress. Not only is this reason to seek out other options, but it’s also reason to make sure that, if you do go this route, you do everything possible with your diet and lifestyle to make your first try a success!