Fertility

Fertility Specialist
Naturopathic methods can help your body prepare for pregnancy and help resolve issues with infertility. Dr. Maura Scanlan offers a special four-month program for women ages 20-42 who have been trying for some time to conceive, but without success. This program is also for women who may not yet be actively trying to get pregnant, but would like to become pregnant in the near future. Both services are available at the offices of A Path to Natural Health for women who live in and around Issaquah, Washington, and consultations can also be conducted via phone or Skype.

Fertility Q & A

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Why choose a naturopathic approach to infertility?

The issues that affect your ability to get pregnant are more intricate than you might realize. To get a true picture, it’s crucial to look at every aspect of your health. That’s why Dr. Scanlan takes a truly comprehensive approach to assessing and addressing all the health conditions that can impact your ability to conceive a child.

Dr. Scanlan has done extensive studies in midwifery. She is not only professionally experienced in naturopathic medicine, but she also has a deep understanding of the emotional, medical, and nutritional needs during conception, prenatal care, childbirth, and motherhood.

How does a naturopath treat infertility issues?

She tests you for hormone levels, thyroid function, and blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as for any underlying problems with your reproductive organs. She also has you undergo DNA testing for a “methylation defect” (MTHFR), a genetic condition that can increase risk of miscarriage.

Dr. Scanlan teaches you how to know when you’re at your most fertile every month, and provides you with extensive nutritional advice. You undergo a special dietary regime, as well as a program of daily supplements designed to help your body release a healthy egg, optimize hormone levels, assure your thyroid is functioning properly, and address any underlying blood sugar or food sensitivity issues that can affect conception and pregnancy.

Finally, what makes this program so special is the emotional support you will receive from Dr. Scanlan. As a mother, she understands what you are going through. You and Dr. Scanlan create a checklist for the timeline of your program, to help you feel more confident and less overwhelmed at this often highly emotional time

What naturopathic treatments address male fertility issues?

Unless you’re using donor sperm, your ability to get pregnant is also influenced by the health of your male partner. Healthy, strong, swimming sperm can help improve your chances of conceiving. That’s why this package also includes a four-month supply of supplements for your partner, to improve the quality and quantity of the sperm he is producing.

Can I see a naturopath if I am already doing other fertility treatments?

You can do Dr. Scanlan’s fertility protocol if you’re already under treatment for in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI). This program is perfectly safe and can actually help optimize your chances of conceiving when doing IVF or IUI.

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