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

Fertility, Guelph Fertility Clinic, Fertility Acupuncture, Naturopathic Doctor Fertility, Well Conceived Fertility

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

Welcoming Fertility, Pregnancy & Women’s Health Acupuncturist Sara Hodgkinson, RAc

Guelph Acupuncture Fertility

We are delighted to welcome Sara Hodgkinson, Registered Acupuncturist to the fertility & women’s health care team at Two Rivers Health. Meet Sara Hodgkinson, RAc Sara is a registered acupuncturist with 10 years of experience as a practitioner of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Specializing in women’s health, Sara aims to bring harmony to your menstrual cycle, assist in fertility treatments, and offer care and support before, during and after pregnancy and labour. Fertility to Fourth Trimester We are very excited that she will be helping us provide for the growing demand for fertility & pregnancy acupuncture services in our Well Conceived Fertility program, and that you’ll have the benefit of her care and expertise throughout your pregnancy, birth preparation … Read More

3 Lessons I’ve Learned About Fertility

Integrative Fertility Expert, Dr. Elizabeth Cherevaty

Looking back on when I first started working with people with infertility as a new naturopathic doctor, there were a few things I didn’t realize would become so relevant to my practice – and my clients’ success. Thank Goodness for Toxicology One: I didn’t realize how grateful I’d be for having (somewhat blindly) chosen Biomedical Toxicology as my major in undergrad. I really didn’t know what it was – only that it was at the U of G, sounded “biology-related”, and had co-op (which my mom encouraged me to go for so that I could put myself through school – it worked!). Thank goodness for toxicology, which taught me that the human body is capable of releasing almost any toxin … Read More

Male Fertility: What You Need to Know

Factors like sperm quality relate to the DNA your child will receive and affect miscarriage risk

Although infertility affects 1 in 6 couples worldwide, with male and female factors each accounting for 50% of a couple’s potential issues, many couples don’t realize just how relevant a future father’s health today is to their overall chances of successful pregnancy. The Most Important Fact about Sperm The most important fact you need to know about sperm is that it takes 100 days to make them. Why is this fact so mind-blowing? It means that in just a few month’s time, a man can make changes in his health that will significantly change his sperm quality. In fact, we’ve seen men have their sperm count and quality improve drastically within 6 months of individualized naturopathic care. I’ve even had a fertility specialist ask what I’d … Read More

Infertility Awareness Week – What We’re Doing About It

Infertility Awareness Week April 23-29

If you’ve ever known the pain of longing for a child who has not yet been conceived, this week we stand together with over 180 million women worldwide who are facing infertility right now. Infertility Awareness Week Did you know that dealing with infertility has been found to be as stressful to women as having cancer or HIV? For World Infertility Awareness Week, we’re taking some time to honour the experiences of women and couples here in Guelph and in our global community at Natural Fertility BOOSTCamp. Infertility takes an emotionally devastating toll. It’s the antithesis to the deepest, most real, natural and spiritual human longing – to create a family. In compassion and love, I stand with you today in your journey, … Read More

5 Research-Proven Fertility Tips – Helping Couples Conceive

I was at a conference last week focused on the latest & greatest of integrative fertility care – including medical and naturopathic perspectives. Here in Ontario we’re fortunate to be home to some of the world’s leading fertility doctors, including reproductive endocrinologists, andrologists, naturopathic and integrative physicians. 1. Chart Smart It was really quite cool to hear one of Toronto’s leading fertility specialists encouraging women to go back to those low-tech basics and track their cycles. The body doesn’t lie and since you need to know exactly when in a given cycle you can conceive, good old BBT (Basal Body Temperature) Charting will do the trick. Using a regular oral thermometer from the drugstore, take your temperature first thing in the morning … Read More