Some couples have found their way to this program after investing considerable amounts of money on their fertility. They have often gone through several conventional and alternative practitioners and paid for several types of treatment, not all of them covered by insurance. Some clients are surprised that what they eat can have such a profound effect. Let’s look at the economics of fertility optimization.
Most of my fertility clients come to me after working with a variety of practitioners. Yet, I am usually the first person to ask them what and how they eat. I explain the connection between their functional health status, their nutrition and their fertility. Often there are clear nutritional gaps in the person’s diet, visible from the food journal – a diet too low in fat-soluble vitamins, lacking in complete proteins, or too high in inflammatory foods that deplete nutrients across the board.
Not all practitioners make connections between a client’s history, symptoms and the struggle to conceive. I ask my fertility and preconception clients a lot of questions, many of which they have never been asked before. By digging deeply and understanding how the pieces of the puzzle fit together, I can make connections that lead to change.
Often my female fertility clients have symptoms of hypothyroidism that turn out to be caused by a common autoimmune condition the doctor has never thought to test for. Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism is in fact a common cause of infertility and miscarriages. Sometimes what comes up is a history of acid reflux and antacid use in the prospective father. Antacids can deplete minerals such as zinc, crucial for sperm health.
So far, every couple that has gone through my fertility programs has conceived. This does not mean that every single couple who goes through the program will always conceive, but so far the success rate has been very encouraging, and has really inspired me to keep working on this project!
Eating nourishing food and making connections between history and symptoms is really a very effective and rapid path to success in the conception of a healthy baby.
Some of my clients who have invested considerable time and money feel both deeply relieved when they conceive and also deeply cheated by their previous providers who did not dig deeply enough into nutrition and/or functional health issues related to fertility. As one couple put it, “the providers we worked with before you were always happy to take our money, but they didn’t seem to care about solving the problem. We wish we had found at the start of our journey!”
After all of the clients who have come to me after expensive and invasive treatments have failed, I strongly believe that a functionally-oriented nutrition program is the first step. Not only is nutritional work much affordable than those invasive interventions, but it is compatible with other approaches that can later be added on if nutrition alone doesn’t work.
Let’s put it another way. If you invest in hormonal treatments that are not effective on their own, those past hormonal treatments don’t really have much to offer you down the road. However, if you start with nutritional therapy, you will learn skills and knowledge that you can keep applying for free for the rest of your life, and will support your body if you do end up resorting to hormonal treatments at some point. How’s that for effective economics?
If you are ready for a pre-conception optimization session or would like to find a program near you, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.