Ljupka Peev Naturopath and Herbalist

IVF SUPPORT

 

 

The aim of naturopathic IVF support is to compliment medical treatment and reproductive technologies in order to optimise the chance of conception and result in a healthy mother and baby.

 

 


Individualised IVF Support
How can naturopathy help?
Individualised IVF Support
Preparing for pregnancy
Optimising Health
Dietary Advice
Stress Management
Consultations
References

Individualised IVF Support

IVF is a highly specialised field of medicine that involves individualised treatments for individual circumstances. Ljupka is currently completing a Master of Reproductive Medicine, providing her with expertise in this area. Communication between all healthcare providers is of utmost importance in order to ensure safety of treatments and improve outcomes. Ljupka has much experience in working collaboratively with medical fertility experts and other healthcare practitioners, as well as treating alongside medical treatments and reproductive technologies, offering a comprehensive model of care.

 

How can naturopathy help?

Naturopathic treatment can be used to compliment assisted insemination (AI), intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilisation (IVF), egg collection (for preservation of fertility) and egg donor cycles. This may be by way of:

  • Improving response to ovarian stimulation, resulting in greater number of ova (eggs) at ovum pick-up (OPU). This can be particularly useful in women who’s response to ovarian stimulation is limited, such as those with a high FSH (follicle stimulating hormone).[1]
  • Improving “egg quality” in order to achieve more viable embryos for transplantation.[2]
  • Addressing male sperm and semen factors. Often this issue is bypassed medically by the use of ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), however, the aim of naturopathic treatment here is to ensure the best quality semen and sperm, to improve ICSI outcomes.[3]
  • Endometrial/uterine support in preparation for embryo transfer.[4]
  • Reducing risk of miscarriage.[5]

Note: References given provide some examples but are certainly not exhaustive.

 

Preparing for pregnancy

Whether trying to conceive on your own, or with medical help, preparing for pregnancy is important for the health of the mother and baby. Pre-pregnancy health not only improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby, but can also improve the chances of becoming pregnant. In fact, recent research has shown that certain preconception dietary changes may impact IVF outcomes, increasing the chance of pregnancy by up to 40%.[6] Read more about Preconception Care.

 

Optimising Health

It is reasonable to expect that improving a person’s general health and well being will, in turn, improve all of their health outcomes, and the same can be expected for both mother and baby. However, trying to conceive can often take the focus off other health concerns that may be important to address. With the focus on holistic medicine, naturopathy has much to offer in optimising the health of the individual, both by addressing any current health concerns and through preventative medicine.

 

Dietary advice

Although the importance of good eating is well understood, it can often be very difficult to navigate the plethora of information available today. This can be particularly daunting in preconception as every life-stage has different dietary requirements.

Recent research has shown that certain preconception dietary changes may improve IVF outcomes, increasing the chance of pregnancy by up to 40%.[6] Your naturopath will assess your diet and provide individualised advice so that you meet your current nutritional needs. Supplementation may, at times, be required if dietary needs aren’t able to be met. See Nutritional Medicine for more information.

 

Stress Management

In today’s busy lifestyle, with lots of demands placed on a person’s time, it is safe to say that all of us need to learn ways to help manage day-to-day stress. However, with the added pressures of fertility treatments on both time and personal relationships, managing this becomes even more important, both for the individual and the couple.

What sort of pressures we are under and how these stressors manifest in our lives will be different for everyone. Perhaps stress affects your sleep or your mood, making you tired, irritable or anxious? Ljupka employs lifestyle advice, herbal and nutritional medicine, where appropriate, to help people manage stress, and has a great network of counselors and psychologists that can provide further help if needed.

 

Consultations

Consultation with Ljupka is available by appointment. Please call 0488 995 474 or email ljupka@naturopathy.melbourne for appointments.

Ljupka is currently specialising in reproductive health in men and women through a Master of Reproductive Medicine. Read more about Ljupka Peev.


References

[1] Battaglia C, Salvatori M, Maxia N, Petraglia F, Facchinetti F, Volpe A. Adjuvant L-arginine treatment for in-vitro fertilization in poor responder patients. Hum Reprod. 1999 Jul;14(7):1690-7.

[2] Agarwal A, Gupta S, Sharma RK. Role of oxidative stress in female reproduction. Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2005 Jul 14;3:28.

[3] Wright C, Milne S, Leeson H. Sperm DNA damage caused by oxidative stress: modifiable clinical, lifestyle and nutritional factors in male infertility. Reprod Biomed Online. 2014 Jun;28(6):684-703.

[4] Unfer V, Casini ML, Gerli S, Costabile L, Mignosa M, Di Renzo GC. Phytoestrogens may improve the pregnancy rate in in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer cycles: a prospective, controlled, randomized trial. Fertil Steril. 2004 Dec;82(6):1509-13.

[5] Ota K, Dambaeva S, Han AR, Beaman K, Gilman-Sachs A, Kwak-Kim J. Vitamin D deficiency may be a risk factor for recurrent pregnancy losses by increasing cellular immunity and autoimmunity. Hum Reprod. 2014 Feb;29(2):208-19.

[6] Vujkovic M, de Vries JH, Lindemans J, Macklon NS, van der Spek PJ, Steegers EA, Steegers-Theunissen RP. The preconception Mediterranean dietary pattern in couples undergoing in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection treatment increases the chance of pregnancy. Fertil Steril. 2010 Nov;94(6):2096-101.

 

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