“PRE" CARE + “PREGNANCY” CARE + “POST” CARE

The obvious goal of any fertility program is to achieve pregnancy and grow your family.
The “Plus” of the Fertility Plus program includes the extensive before, during and after healthcare to accompany your desired pregnancy.

Our Program

Your preconception health can help or hinder your chances of conception, your potential for miscarriage and maintaining a trouble free pregnancy.Why is preconception care important? Preconception care aims to optimize the nutritional status and health of both parents before they try to conceive. Preconception care can improve your chances of conceiving and giving birth to a healthy child. This includes couples with fertility problems, and specific pregnancy issues including recurrent miscarriages.
During pregnancy we continue to optimize your health and wellbeing by addressing any immediate pregnancy related concerns. We may continue acupuncture throughout the first trimester if necessary. We will also meet each trimester and a month before labour for specific pregnancy support and education.
Postpartum care continues to provide valuable support and natural treatments to help the body recover physically, improve breastfeeding success and avoid postpartum depression.

The Focus of Fertility Plus treatments encompass:

  • Preconception Health
  • Dietary Analysis and recommendations
  • Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
  • Acupuncture
  • Natural Cycle Monitoring
  • Hormone balancing—testing options discussed
  • Whole body health analysis (digestion, sleep, energy, stress)
  • Stress management
  • Detoxification and Rebuilding
  • Detoxification questionnaire
  • Detoxification testing options
  • Initial cleansing and nutrition modification
  • Liver detoxification enhancement
  • Drainage detoxification of reproductive organs
  • Continued detoxification as necessary
  • Male Fertility Factor
  • Research based nutritional supplement programs
  • Acupuncture to enhance sperm count, motility and morphology
  • IVF & IUI Support
  • Fertility enhancing foods
  • Fertility enhancing supplements
  • Herbal medicines are often avoided during ART treatments

Preconception Care

Approximately 1 in 6 couples have trouble conceiving. There are many factors that contribute including delayed motherhood, toxins from the environment, and stressful lifestyles that affect the balance of hormones. Preconception care involves addressing these potential obstacles and developing an individualized treatment plan after a thorough history intake.

Dr. Kush will outline what tests (if any) should to be considered and the treatment time required (this may differ for each couple depending upon individual circumstances). The aim of preconception care is to optimize the health of both the female reproductive system and the sperm health prior to conceiving. The 3-6 months recommended to prepare for conception is based on the timeframe that the eggs need to mature in the ovaries before they ovulate, as well as the time the sperm require to turnover. Although many couples are eager to continue to try to conceive whilst they are undergoing naturopathic treatment, it is advised that you give your body and mind the time it needs to transform your state of fertility.

It is important to address any underlying issues (eg. heavy metals, genitourinary infections, irregular cycles, poor sperm quality etc) prior to conception in order to help improve the chances of conceiving, maintaining and giving birth to a healthy baby.

One of the benefits of preconception detoxification is that it will often make post conception detoxification such as morning sickness much easier to tolerate. Detoxification will vary from one woman or couple to the next depending on lifestyle, age, health history and overall level of health. Ongoing drainage type detoxification may be recommended but generally 3-6 weeks of more intensive cleansing will greatly improve overall health and fertility.

Male Fertility Factor

Although infertility is often believed to be a woman's problem, studies indicate that approximately 30% of infertility is related to male factor problems such as structural abnormalities, sperm production disorders, ejaculatory disturbances and immunologic disorders. Infertility is really a couples' problem and one that needs to be addressed together. This concept is incredibly important as the feelings of the man often get overlooked.

When a male is forced to contend with male factor infertility, he is facing an emotional journey. Men may experience profound feelings of guilt, anger, and low self-esteem, which can affect all aspects of their lives. We know that stress can affect a woman’s hormonal balance and interfere with conception and it is equally important to recognize the role of stress upon the male.

Any couple facing infertility, whether it be the male factor, female factor, a combination or unexplained, need to communicate about what is happening to them and what they are open and willing to do moving forward.

Causes of Male Infertility

More than 90% of male infertility cases are due to low sperm counts, poor sperm quality, or both. The remaining cases of male infertility can be caused by a range of conditions including anatomical problems, hormonal imbalances, and genetic defects.

Sperm Abnormalities

Sperm abnormalities are a critical factor in male infertility. These abnormalities include:

  • Low sperm count
  • Poor sperm motility (movement)
  • Abnormal sperm morphology (shape)
Risk Factors

Risk factors for male infertility include:

  • Varicocele, an enlarged varicose vein in the spermatic cord that connects to the testicle
  • Aging, which can reduce sperm counts and motility and decrease the genetic quality of sperm
  • Sexually transmitted diseases, which can cause scarring in the male reproductive system or impair sperm function
  • Lifestyle factors such as smoking and substance abuse
  • Long-term or intensive exposure to certain types of chemicals, toxins, or medications
Diagnosis

Specific testing for male infertility include:

  • Semen analysis to evaluate the quantity and quality of sperm
  • Blood tests to evaluate hormone levels
  • Imaging tests to look for structural problems
  • Genetic testing to identify sperm DNA fragmentation, chromosomal defects, or genetic diseases

What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic doctors are primary health care professionals who are dedicated to helping you achieve your optimal health.

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that uses natural and non-invasive therapies to promote the body’s ability to heal itself on all levels. The most important goals of naturopathic medicine are to discover and treat the root causes of disease, to promote optimal health and to prevent illness. The philosophy of naturopathic medicine is founded on six principles:

  • First, do no harm: Safe, effective natural medicines are used that have a minimal risk of harmful side effects.
  • Support the healing power of nature:The body has an incredible ability to heal itself when the obstacles to cure are removed and the optimal healing environment is provided.
  • Identify and treat the causes:In order to produce long-term healing, it’s better to diagnose and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than temporarily treat the symptoms of disease.
  • Treat the whole person:Naturopathic doctors assess all of the physical, mental, emotional and environmental factors that are contributing to the current state of health.
  • Prevention as the best cure:Future illnesses can be prevented by carefully assessing current risk factors and making appropriate changes.
  • Doctor as Teacher:Naturopathic doctors openly share knowledge with their patients and inspire those to achieve optimal health goals.