natural solutions for infertility and miscarriage
using current research
Natural fertility is the conception of a normal child, usually the first time a couple make love without using contraception. About 1/3 of couples who are aged between about 23 and 34 will experience this. For those who take longer to conceive, even only two or three months, there is an associated greatly increased risk of miscarriage. Why? Because infertility or reduced fertility is an indication that a woman or man's body is unhealthy or somehow out of balance. Frequently, both have at least one problem.
Almost all clinicians tend to treat symptoms rather than causes of problems. When infertility is treated 'artificially' by drugs and technical interventions such as IVF, babies have a higher risk of many different types of problems. Research by Professor Mary Croughan's group in California has shown that children born to couples who experienced infertility were nearly three times more likely to suffer from autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, seizures and cancer. Other health problems are also more likely in the couples themselves. Infertile men have a greatly increased risk of developing testicular cancer.
Healthy lifestyle holds the key to natural fertility: using a Lifestyle Questionnaire
Although it is now agreed that living a healthy lifestyle is the first step in natural fertility, most practitioners have very little idea of the breadth of activities that can affect health and fertility, in particular. My own experience of interviewing couples for thirty years has demonstrated that there are very diverse aspects of lifestyle and daily living that need to be considered. I routinely use a questionnaire to evaluate couples and identify their risk factors. This questionnaire has been developed gradually over 30 years and has been added to and altered as my own research or other published research has revealed more information. I am frequently very surprised by couples' answers and caution any practitioner who thinks that they can evaluate lifestyle without an objective tool. Simply interviewing people carries a high risk or overlooking critical factors. Couples can access my questionnaire on-line, and receive advice that addresses the problems detected - there is almost always more than one issue that needs to be addressed. Couples often find it helpful to receive some counselling after answering the questionnaire because it is impossible to anticipate all the individual issues that might apply. Practitioners who would like to use my questionnaire in their own clinics, should contact me by email.
Conventional Medicine, Naturopathy and Fertility
Conventional medicine has become synonymous with illness rather than wellness. It is closely aligned with pharmaceuticals and technological intervention and rarely places much emphasis on cause. Within medical faculties, prevention is frequently confused with early intervention. Public health practitioners are much more focused on causation than their clinical colleagues but the tool of epidemiology is often too inexact to pick up the smaller factors that are likely to affect individuals. Naturopathy is a clinical approach that uses the person's own resources or various natural therapies to assist healing. This can be an important adjunct to recovery from infertility but it is still a treatment. The ez-fertility approach differs because it seeks to identify and remove the causes of infertility and miscarriage. Once the bad habits or conditions are identified, infertility and miscarriage can automatically and immediately resolve. Conventional medicine uses drugs to treat a wide variety of problems and often the doctor will not realise that the drug could affect male or female fertility. In addition to fertility resources from this site, on Drugwatch.com you will find up to date drug information on the side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications, including safety advice for pregnancy. The current drug alert includes side effects of Accutane, which can lead to birth defects.
Who is Dr Judy Ford?
Dr Judy Ford is a geneticist whose current research covers genetics, physiological, lifestyle and environmental interactions in fertility. In 2001 the South Australian Investigator Science Centre acknowledged her as one of the 14 key South Australian science innovators of the 20th Century for her work on health and lifestyle. Dr Ford has thirty five years experience working in health-related multidisciplinary research and extensive experience communicating to clinical, scientific and lay audiences.
Information about how to optimise health is frequently given by self-proclaimed experts. Consequently the health information given is frequently incorrect, biased, incomplete or out-of-date. Since it is very difficult for even a current researcher to be in touch with all the latest findings in health research, it is extraordinarily difficult for anyone else. Thousands of new health-related research papers are published every year and only someone who is familiar with all the medical and scientific terminology has a chance of teasing out the health information and translating it into practical advice. Even then, the task is continuous as new research results are emerging every day.
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Our other sites of interest:
Whole of Life Drug-free
Preventative Health: Information, Services & Products
The Lifestyle Doctor: Free health information and hub of healthy products and services
Ez-fertility Evaluation: A comprehensive Evaluation and Personal Report for couples who are planning pregnancy and wish to avoid problems
Site updated March 2010