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Fertility in General

Large numbers of people are affected by infertility in their lifetime, according to a new report published by the WHO in 2023. Around 17.5% of the adult population – roughly 1 in 6 worldwide – experience infertility, showing the urgent need to increase access to affordable, high-quality fertility care for those in need. Also, about 1 in 4 (26%) women in this group have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term (impaired fecundity).

The new estimates show limited variation in the prevalence of infertility between regions. The rates are comparable for high-, middle- and low-income countries, indicating that this is a major health challenge globally. 

Infertility is a disease of the male or female reproductive system, defined by the failure to achieve a pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. It can cause significant distress, stigma, and financial hardship, affecting people’s mental and psychosocial well-being. Because fertility in women is known to decline steadily with age (and men too), certain organisations evaluate and treat women aged 35 years or older after 6 months of unprotected sex.

Factors include age, lifestyle choices, stress, underlying health conditions, nutritional imbalances and deficiencies, and environmental factors.

While diet, nutrition, and lifestyle choices can play a role in overall reproductive health, it's important to understand that addressing infertility is a complex matter. From our perspective, nutrition should be considered a vital component of any healthcare plan and fertility/infertility is no exception.

Our conclusion is borne from a simple ideal; our nutritional intake governs our body's internal processes including those of our reproductive systems, as well as contributing to making the very cells that are involved in the reproductive system, like sperm and egg cells. If one's nutritional intake is deficient in the key materials that contribute to the functioning of our reproductive systems, those systems will struggle to perform their roles, leading to sub-fertility or infertility.

Of course, there are certain conditions where medical intervention is required, for example, genetic abnormalities, irreversible damage to the body like a blocked/damaged fallopian tube, etc. In these instances, while your nutritional intake cannot fix an issue like those mentioned, it can play a supportive role in the required treatments. 

Diet, Lifestyle & Supplements

Nutritional Therapy is a science-based approach aimed at promoting health and well-being through individualised nutrition and lifestyle changes. Personalised nutrition focuses on our own individuality, sometimes referred to as biochemical individuality, developing plans to promote health, address health concerns through individualistic care. Read more about our approach to Nutrition and Fertility on the ‘Our Motivation’ page. 

We review each individual and we generally do recommend some lifestyle and habitual changes. This can cover everything from exercise, sleep, meal-times, etc.

Yes, in most cases it is likely that we will. However, this is done on a case by case basis, depending on the needs of the individual before us. Supplements may be necessary to address deficiencies impairing your reproductive health or to support individual health concerns.

Individual assessment might uncover specific nutritional needs or imbalances that a 'good' general diet might not address, especially relating to fertility.

Specific dietary adjustments have been shown to improve the efficacy of medicines associated with reproductive procedures. For example, improved nutrition can improve the quality of samples that the clinicians are working with, like improved sperm cells, improved nutritional intake can also support the development of the endometrium, normalise hormonal levels, and so on. We have a package to enhance ART. Check our the packages page.

About Improving your Fertility's Process

Treatment timelines vary based on the individual needs of the client. Our protocols and treatment plans, as a broad generalisation, are designed to provide both short and long term metrics so that the individual or couple can determine the effectiveness of the designed protocol. Short-term results can typically be seen after a few weeks (depending on the metric) with more complex issues taking up to three months and longer. This will be explained as early as possible in the consultation.

Some tests may be required.If we recommend tests, we will notify you why we are interested in this particular test, what it can hopefully tell us and the associated costs. We do not conduct the tests ourselves, instead recommending trusted partners to carry out the tests.

Prior to our first consultation, we will send you a couple of forms, designed to gather as much information about you. This will speed up the data capture part of the consultation, allowing for a more detailed investigation when we speak. 

Even if your partner has no fertility issues, involvement can enhance overall well-being and the couple's shared journey towards conception.

In our first conversation, your aims are clearly identified and addressed. We will provide you with an outline of our expectations when we speak, which will be followed up by a detailed protocol on how we are going to achieve these aims. 

Due to the nature of the clinic, an assumption is that we will improve/normalise your fertility, making conception easier, either through natural or assisted reproductive means.

Nutritional therapy is generally complementary to Assisted Reproductive Procedures; however, individual assessment ensures no conflicts with medications or procedures.

We will never prescribe any medications. Medications may be prescribed by your doctor, specialist, clinic, but never by us. 

As a generalisation, no, there are no immediate or general risks when undertaking nutritional therapy modifications. As with every therapy, there can be risks based on pre-existing conditions, underlying illnesses, etc. However, we are very experienced in this work and over our years of work and practice, we have never had an adverse event reported.

We can provide information on support groups and counselling services to assist with emotional well-being, please just ask.

Booking, Costs & Cancellation

This depends on the level of cover you have with your insurance provider. Our Nutritional Therapists are registered, so if you have cover you should be able to claim against it. You will need to check with your insurance provider on your specific cover.

In today's fast-paced world, emails can quickly become overwhelming! For those simple queries about our consultation plans, or if you just need a quick "yes" or "no" response, please don't hesitate to email us. However, for follow-ups or new situations, I strongly recommend booking a dedicated session. This way, we can give each client the attention and care they deserve and address the concerns in a professional manner.

Once you add a package to your cart you can proceed to checkout via the website. We accept Visa and Mastercard.

We offer flexible virtual appointments. Once you purchase a package you will receive an email with a booking link. You can choose a time and date that suits you best.

We require 48 hours notice before the appointment to avoid charges.