5 Ways to Boost Egg Quality & IVF Success

IVF Success, Well Conceived, Guelph Naturopath, Fertility

There’s a lot riding on an IVF cycle. Although IVF is the most advanced modern medical approach to infertility – and a godsend for thousands of now-parents – on average (assuming no other interventions such as the ones we’re about to discuss here) each couple has just about a 30% chance of bringing home a baby, after 4 IVF cycles. With each cycle costing an average of $15,000 – not to mention the physical and emotional toll of going through fertility treatments – we definitely want to make it count. Egg quality issues are among the top reasons for IVF failure. In this blog, we’re going to explore 5 ways to enhance follicle and egg quality in advance of IVF … Read More

Feeling Fertile: 4 Mindset Shifts to Enhance IVF Success

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In this article, we explore how our mindset informs our physiology when it comes to hormone health, fertility, and our emotional experience. Plan Your Pre-Season Just as it takes three months for the body to complete an egg’s development before ovulation, it takes the same amount of time for the eggs that will be retrieved for IVF to be cultivated, and to respond to the medications that will be used to increase the number of eggs retrieved. Similarly, it takes three months to prepare sperm in the male reproductive system. During this three month preconception season, both eggs and sperm are sensitive to the quality of your diet and the level of stress you’re both under. Just as athletes prepare … Read More

Is the Pill Killing Your Future Fertility?

You have found the partner you want to spend your life with, but you may not be ready to have a baby, just yet… So what now? First, how far away are babies for you 3 months, 6 months or 12 months? Are you currently on the pill or any hormonal contraceptive? Did you know….. It takes a minimum of 3 months (but realistically more like 6-12 months) after coming off the pill to realign your body and hormones, including knowing what the heck is happening with your menstrual cycles, before your body is even ready to consider having a baby. Post birth control syndrome Post birth control syndrome, can happen after coming off the pill (or any hormonal contraceptive, … Read More

Introducing Courtney Clayson-Russell

  Courtney Clayson-Russell is a recent graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, ON. With a focus on the treating the whole body, Courtney aims to help her patients create a balanced lifestyle in addition to using other modalities, including nutrition, supplementation, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and physical therapy. Courtney has taken additional training in fertility, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, and sports medicine. She is also a certified naturopathic birth doula. After completing her Masters Degree in Integrative Biology (MSc), with a focus in Botany from Wilfrid Laurier University, Courtney learned the true power of natural medicines.  She decided to deepen her understanding of these medicines by continuing her education at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. With a strong background … Read More

Birth Prep with Christa VanderVelde

“Don’t get an epidural, it’s bad for you AND your baby!” “Don’t try to be a “hero”, natural childbirth is agony!” “Are you sure you want a water birth/hospital birth/homebirth?” ….   You get the idea! It comes from all directions. We hear it from great aunties at family Easter celebrations, blogs, youtube videos, facebook ads, (it’s like they know you’re pregnant before you do… hello organic diaper ads). Sometimes that absolutely information overload can leave you feeling even more confused and wondering if there really ever was a time you were happy sobbing on the bathroom floor holding a pregnancy test! Birth – broken down I see you beautiful mamas! I see your fear, your overwhelm and your secret … Read More

What Does a Holistic Nutritionist Do?

Holistic Nutritionist Guelph

We are delighted to introduce you to Naomi Higenbottam, Holistic Nutritionist & Registered Nurse and the newest member of the Two Rivers Health integrative fertility & family care team. What is Holistic Nutrition? A Holistic Nutritionist is a health practitioner who has taken the Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) training at one of the recognized schools in Ontario offering this unique training. Holistic Nutritionists can help you identify and manage nutritional deficiencies, reduce inflammation, heal the digestive system, optimize the body for pregnancy and nourish your baby as he or she develops in utero. We are thrilled to welcome Naomi who also brings her training and experience as a public health nurse whose practice focused on prenatal and postnatal health for mothers … Read More

Infantile Torticollis

Torti-what? “Torticollis”, latin for ‘twisted neck’, is a condition which may arise and present in an individual at any stage during their life, including infancy. While many diagnostic terms or anatomical names can leave you scratching your head as to how that name came to be, “twisted neck” is a visually descript representation for how the affected individual appears. SCM – the “Twisted Neck” Muscle Individuals, including babies, experiencing torticollis visibly show altered posture of the head and neck, where the head appears tilted to the side, and turned either right or left . This is because musculoskeletal torticollis usually involves contraction of the muscle “sternocleidomastoid” (aka SCM). Each person has two SCM muscles – one on the left and … Read More