According to the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology the success rate for artificial reproductive technology is now 36%. According to a Harvard study of 17500 participants, nutrition and lifestyle changes improved fertility by 80%. It only makes sense to start with natural solutions first and then progress onto medical interventions, only if necessary. If you have tried IVF, IUI, ICSI previously and have been unsuccessful you may be surprised and delighted at how well the natural approach works for you. The natural process addresses the underlying issues rather than forcing conception.

In Nature it takes 3 months for an egg to mature. With IVF, egg production is hyper stimulated and multiple follicles are collected after less then one month. It is not surprising, therefore that some of these follicles fail to fertilise or implant. It is not always a matter of the woman’s egg quality but simply that the environment in which the eggs are expected to develop is not satisfactory. The same is true of sperm.  Men make new sperm every day but they are not mature enough to fertilise an egg until they are 74 days old. Every semen analysis is a point in time test, for that batch of sperm only. Sperm count, motility and morphology can all be improved through simple nutrition and lifestyle changes in just 3 months.

I am often asked by couples why they were sent for IVF. In simple terms, that is the medical model. If you go to your GP with a ‘medical problem’ your GP will often send you to a medical specialist who will only offer a medical solution. Most doctors haven’t studied nutrition and have no idea how much nutrition and lifestyle changes can improve fertility. Couples often end up in IVF clinics even though they don’t necessarily need IUI or IVF.

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