When undergoing fertility treatment there can be an overwhelming amount of blood work, ultrasounds and other testing that is required in order to collect all of the necessary information. All the pieces of the puzzle need to be gathered in order to complete the overall picture.
Working with REI’s (Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility specialists) I know and understand the tests that my patients are having done, can thoroughly analyze and help patients understand the results. I can then use this information to put together a personalized and individual Naturopathic treatment plan.
In addition to the testing that is done by your doctor, there are other tests that can be very helpful when understanding what fertility support is needed.
The following are tests that may be recommended:
Food intolerance testing – a simple blood test can determine what foods you are intolerant to. This is especially important if you are exhibiting many digestive symptoms such as gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation etc.
Heavy metal toxicity – determining possible accumulations of heavy metals in the body is important when undergoing fertility treatment. Metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium and more can be causing symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, low energy, and may be a factor associated with infertility.
Cortisol – Cortisol is a hormone that is very closely linked to stress levels. Many people have increased levels of cortisol in their body which can lead to symptoms such as weight gain, low sex drive, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and more.
Thyroid testing – ensuring that thyroid levels are optimal is crucial when doing a fertility assessment. Blood work may show that thyroid function is within a normal range, however, levels of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) need to be in an ideal range when trying to pregnant.
Vitamin B12 – these 3 nutrients are not necessarily routinely checked when having blood work with an annual physical exam. Having sufficient levels of vitamin D, iron and B12 in the body are all important when trying to conceive. If necessary, a recommendation will be made to have the levels of these nutrients checked.