Our work is focused on the care of people who wish to start a family or who are struggling with fertility issues. Our approaches incorporate people just starting to plan to conceive, trying naturally or utilising assisted reproductive technology like IUI, IVF, donors and surrogacy to help create a baby.
While we like to think of our work as preventative (the ultimate pre-conception care is being as well as possible before even starting to try to conceive), most often we are working with people with complex or unexplained fertility issues. In most cases, we identify many changes that can be made in health and lifestyle terms that will dramatically improve the health of parent/s-to-be and optimise the chance of conceiving. This is it – finally the chance to really shine and be your best – and what better inspiration than your potential baby!
Everyone thinks they are ‘healthy enough’ to conceive, but it seems in some cases good enough is not enough to get across the line. Each person is unique and responds to all that life throws at them differently. While one couple seems to have a poor lifestyle and is able to conceive, another feels they are much healthier and still struggle. It doesn’t seem to make sense and it certainly doesn’t seem fair.
And yet, what we know is that the equation is infinitely more complex than such superficial observations allow, with myriad potential effects on fertility. As well as any issues with reproductive health, there are many things that, while not directly affecting your fertility, can have an effect indirectly. Chronic or recurrent health problems and complaints (digestive problems, sleep issues, stress, nutritional factors, even emotional considerations) may add up to an unhealthy load that compromises the whole body and puts fertility right at the bottom of your bodily priorities – even in so called healthy individuals.
We aim to give guidance to maximise your health and wellbeing so that fertility can regain its place nearer the top of your physical hierarchy. We shed light on the changes you can gradually incorporate into your life that will impact positively on your fertility. As well as providing specific support for your particular needs and health picture, we focus on what you can do and give you direction when you might need a little extra help.
Our practitioners have extensive experience in this area and know what a difficult and challenging road it can be for some – regardless of where you are up to on your fertility journey. You will not only find expertise, information and passion here, you will find understanding, compassion, patience and support because we know that is what you are going to need to achieve your goal.
You do not need a referral to see a practitioner at FGHG. However, many people receive a word of mouth referral from a friend, their doctor, specialist or midwife. If you don’t have a specific referral to one of our practitioners or to a particular modality, we will usually recommend patients start with one of our naturopaths.
Our naturopaths will go through your whole health history, assessing your needs in depth and detail. They will make (sometimes extensive) recommendations about medicines, supplements and importantly, lifestyle practices you can implement yourself, at home, to improve your situation. They may also make recommendations for further testing and treatment, including who else to include in your support team. For patients who are trying to conceive or are pregnant, this will often include a referral to one of our Chinese medicine (acupuncture) team.
To make your own choice, you can view all of our practitioner profiles here.
Specific fertility conditions we commonly treat include:
Issues which may directly or indirectly affect your fertility: