We now offer a functional preconception package at a great price. We created this for women and couples who want to:
- Maximize health before conception.
- Resolve potential hormone imbalances that may contribute to pregnancy loss.
- Optimize sperm or egg quality – sperm takes 90 days, eggs take 6-12 months.
- Fix nutrient deficiencies.
- Personalize nutrition during pregnancy based on what mama’s body needs rather than what a random prenatal vitamin contains.
- Prevent pregnancy problems such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, or excessive weight gain.
- Learn how nutrient needs change throughout the trimesters.
- Optimize gut and vaginal microbiome to pass to a new baby.
- Make sure you meet the nutrient needs of developing baby.
- Help overcome many fertility problems.
- Assist the success of insemination or in vitro fertilization.
- Decrease inflammation, which is important for many reasons, including the management and/or prevention of autoimmunity.
What does the preconception package consist of?
It’s quite simple. You complete an intake form, which includes your health history and concerns. We have an initial appointment (in person or via video or phone) to zero in. You do a blood draw at a local lab, such as Quest or LabCorp, for your preconception panel. Then we have another appointment to review your labs, and for you to receive a tailored preconception plan for you that includes:
- Nutrition for preconception (this is not a one-size-fits-all approach).
- Supplement prescriptions that fit your body’s needs, based on your labs.
- Further recommendations to prepare for pregnancy – emotionally, psychologically and physically.
Is this sufficient for treating infertility?
In some cases, yes. Especially if failure to conceive is related to hormone imbalances or nutrient deficiencies, which are the two things that may fall through the cracks in your primary or gynecological care.
It’s not the standard of care to check hormones that may be off such as thyroid or progesterone. I see many women who have not been able to conceive or hold a pregnancy because of something simple like this.
The same is true for nutrient deficiencies. It’s important to have certain vitamins and minerals in optimal amounts in order for your reproductive system to work effectively. Examples include zinc, vitamin D, folate, and iron. It’s not the standard of care to check nutrient status. Prenatal vitamins often contain very low levels of nutrients that will not fix or prevent a deficiency. Most women need more (or less) than a typical prenatal vitamin. Plus, some brands just do not cut it.
The preconception package can help known causes of infertility such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (inulin resistant type), low sperm count, or luteal phase insufficiency. Some types of infertility are more complex and may need more detailed functional treatment. If you have doubts or questions, please schedule a free consultation. Infertility, which means the inability to conceive after trying while tracking ovulation for a year, can have many causes. Read more about infertility.
Women helped by preconception fertility care
had experienced two devastating miscarriages. She came to see me with concern about her low thyroid hormones, and desire to prevent a third miscarriage. We discovered she did not have Hashimoto’s thyroid disease (an autoimmune process), but that she was low in many nutrients needed for thyroid function. We supported those, and voila! Next pregnancy stuck.
had a classic version of PCOS (insulin resistance with irregular cycles), along with Hashimoto’s thyroid disease. She had excess abdominal weight, which is inflammatory, and weight loss resistance, in part caused by years of dieting. We used diet and supplements to reduce inflammation, control her autoimmune process, and reverse insulin resistance. Although Lisa was averse to eating meat, we found out that a mostly vegetarian Keto diet did work well for her (it’s not right for all women). After a few months, she conceived her daughter – without common medications given in her case (such as Metformin or Clomid).
had extremely painful, clotty, heavy periods and exhaustion. In addition, she had PMS symptoms that lasted for two weeks before her period. It’s possible she had undiagnosed endometriosis, however, we also discovered she had an MTHFR gene variation that DID affect her ability to use folate (40% of us have one of these variations, and most of us are unaffected by it). We used methylated folate and supplemented with the nutrients that were low on her lab. We also used Chinese and western herbs for PMS and painful periods. Within a few months, her period and cycle symptoms improved significantly and she conceived her son.
lives on the East coast and we worked via video appointments. She had no symptoms to speak of, other than not being able to conceive, and a low AMH (a controversial marker of egg quality or ovarian reserve). Her doctor told her there was no way to conceive without doing IVF. In this case, we used nutrients and Chinese herbs to nourish her egg quality, and she conceived within a year.
was not using birth control and surprised that after a year she had not yet conceived. Her doctor told her she was too thin to conceive. However, she did have regular cycles. After deep investigation, we discovered she had an atypical type of PCOS that included dysregulated blood sugar even though she was thin. Her root cause was adrenal stress hormone dysregulation. We worked to correct that, and now she’s in love with her new baby girl.
was in her late thirties and had tried to conceive for about 8 months unsuccessfully. She had gone off birth control after over a decade of use, and although she was having regular cycles, she was not ovulating. We decided to nurture her hormones with herbs, and give it six months. She conceived in the sixth month!
was only in her 20s, and came to me on progesterone and thyroid hormone from her naturopath. She did not have Hashimoto’s. With women this young I like to dig for the root cause of these hormone deficiencies. We discovered she had an atypical type of PCOS and adrenal hormone dysregulation with stress and anxiety. We treated these things, and she was able to wean off all hormones and achieve a regular cycle. She decided during this process that she was not ready to conceive.
I welcome your comments and questions,