Infertility Treatment

Infertility is an agonizing and frustrating problem that seems to affect more and more couples and the cause seems to be unexplainable in many instances.  Fertility experts can accurately diagnose and treat some of the more common medical conditions such as low sperm count in men and dysfunctional fallopian tubes in women, but when the cause is not so obvious, natural medicine may hold the answer.

Women are diagnosed as infertile after not being able to conceive after one full year of unprotected sex.  The causes can vary dramatically.  Oftentimes subclinical hypothyroidism is the cause.  Hormonal balance can be checked and balanced by testing hormones throughout the cycle by collecting saliva samples at various intervals through a test called the female hormone panel.  Imbalances can then be treated by various methods of supplementation.  Vaginosis is a chronic condition of vaginal bacterial imbalance that can result in excessive immune response in the cervical area.  These imbalances can be the result of antibiotic abuse, chronic yeast infection (candidiasis) and even the lack of beneficial bacteria.

Women are not the only people treated for infertility.  Low sperm counts and poor sperm motility are often problems with male infertility.  Male hormones can also be imbalanced.  A simple saliva test called the male hormone panel can be performed to assess the many different hormones that play a role in male fertility and virility.

Unexplained infertility is a heartbreaking problem that has many different causes that go undetected.  On a simple level, improving ones general health can be beneficial in helping one conceive and have a healthy pregnancy.

Treatment:

Treatment depends on the cause.  If the problem is with the cervix from a long-standing bacterial infection then the bacteria overtime may yield antibodies that can attack the sperm.  We can order a vaginosis panel and perform a culture and sensitivity test for any abnormal bacteria so they may be eradicated.  Once the bacteria have been eradicated then we can focus on re-inoculating the vaginal flora to help establish normal flora.  Various douches can be used as well to help eliminate the bad bacteria without the use of antibiotics.

If the problem an ovulatory one then we can shift our focus to the hormones and look at the hormones of the thyroid and progesterone.  Progesterone has a thermogenic effect and checking the basal temperature can help with timing of getting pregnant.

Progesterone is a hormone that requires monitoring especially if less invasive procedures have been tried and failed.  Low progesterone can make it difficult to maintain pregnancy thus keeping progesterone elevated is quite necessary.  A female hormone panel is quite helpful in this regard so other hormones such as DHEA, testosterone, estradiol, E1, E3 can be managed.  Hormones can be balanced with phytoestrogens, phytoprogesterone, DHEA or Serona repens.

Jeffrey Gappa, D.C. DABCI, AP-C

Contact Complete Care of Colorado today at 303-665-2525 to learn more about infertility treatment in the Lafayette area.