Our guest Dr. Jaclyn Chasse is a naturopathic physician who specializes in the issues surrounding women’s health and infertility. A former drug researcher with a background in biochemistry, Dr. Chasse prefers to address the underlying causes of infertility using natural medicine.
In today’s podcast she shares with us:
- The leading causes of infertility in men and women
- The ideal diet for getting pregnant
- Non hormonal birth control methods that won’t affect long term fertility
What foods should you be eating if you’re trying to get pregnant? Find out at the 12 minute mark.
Naturopathic Medicine and Infertility
Many of the diseases and symptoms we experience in the modern world are a result of what we put in our bodies and the environment our bodies are exposed to.
Infertility is oftentimes a symptom of an underlying health problem. As we reach our 30s and 40s, the consequences of poor health patterns and practices begin to emerge. Infertility is one of the first indicators that your body is moving in the wrong direction.
Conventional versus Natural Infertility Approaches
Conventional medical treatments for infertility tend to override the natural process of conception. Common approaches such as IVF can solve the problem of infertility, but do not address why you were having trouble getting pregnant in the first place.
Leading Causes of Infertility
- Hormonal imbalance
- Poor egg or sperm quality caused by oxidative stress
The Four Pillars of Fertility
- Stress Management
The Modified Mediterranean Diet
Couples who follow the Mediterranean diet tend to have a higher rate of pregnancy. Dr. Chasse recommends a Modified Mediterranean Diet for couples, consisting of:
- ½ fruits and vegetables
- ¼ lean protein sources (e.g. lentils, legumes, fish, chicken)
- ¼ healthy carbohydrates
Non-Hormonal Birth Control Options
Unlike the birth control pill, non-hormonal birth control methods will not disrupt your natural cycle or put your long-term fertility at risk.
- Non-hormonal IUD
Tips for Having the Healthiest Baby Possible
- Begin taking prenatal vitamins and fish oil
- Try to live in as clean of an environment as possible
The efforts and changes you make the four months before conception have a bigger impact on your child’s health than the things your child does throughout his or her entire life span.
To find a Naturopathic Physician near you who specializes in women’s health or infertility, visit the website for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Links to Check Out
Dr. Jaclyn Chasse is a naturopathic physician who specializes in women’s health and infertility. She is currently the VP of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Emerson Ecologics, where she provides oversight of the company’s medical education and quality teams. Dr. Chasse is a highly sought-after writer and speaker for women’s health, infertility, and pediatrics, and is also the new 2016 President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.