In my work, I have a lot of clients who begin their fertility journeys with medical fertility treatments. According to Resolve, The National Infertility Association, up to 44% of women with infertility seek medical assistance for their concerns.
Here’s a typical scenario: First, fertility doctors prescribe women Clomid to stimulate ovulation. If that fails, they try Femara. If the couple is still struggling, they suggest IUI, sometimes many times. Ultimately, a lot of couples pursue consecutive IVFs, too.
I know it’s a challenge when you want to have a baby now. In addition, while not a solution for everyone, many couples eventually succeed with medical fertility treatments.
Still, if you’ve undergone many consecutive fertility treatments without a successful pregnancy, it could be time for a break. Taking a break gives your body a chance to cleanse, reset and recover. Relief from the side effects and stress could be exactly what you need for a fresh start for your fertility journey.
Use the time to work on yourself- mind and body. A break might even give you the opportunity to find a new sense of peace or a new version of your fertility program.
Natural Therapies Help Your Body Reset After Medical Fertility Treatments
Focus on a Fertility Diet. Many people find they are just spread too thin or too stressed to eat right when in the middle of multiple appointments, tests, pages of results, IVF or IUI with work and being a partner. Fertility treatments are time-consuming and expensive. Taking a short break gives you more time and money for quality organic foods, meal planning and preparation – your Fertility Diet.
Consider a Fertility Cleanse. A Fertility Cleanse helps the body eliminate excess hormones and toxins related to fertility treatments. Women I speak to often feel weighed down by the effects of fertility drugs and are excited to take this step.
Focus on emotional well-being! Enlist the help of a mind-body therapy; guided meditation, EFT or counseling are all excellent options, especially if you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. If you’ve experienced pregnancy loss, allow yourself to grieve and recover.
Use Bodywork. Natural therapies are a great way to stay proactive and connected with your reproductive health while on a treatment break. Self Fertility Massage and/or Castor Oil packs, or Fertility Yoga all promote better circulation throughout the reproductive system, encourage a normal cycle, and support stress reduction. Men also benefit from Fertility Massage.
Explore Herbs & Supplements. While we don’t recommend taking herbs and supplements while using fertility drugs, if you take a break, you’re free to explore the supplement options that may be best for you. Resources to learn more:
How to Use Fertility Herbs To Enhance Your Fertility Naturally
Foundational Vitamins and Minerals For Your Fertility
If It’s Time For a Break…
If you’ve had many rounds of fertility treatments and your body is not responding, it could be time for a break. You can use natural therapies to help your body reset and get a fresh start. It’s okay and even beneficial to cut yourself some slack, step back and relax. You may find you learn more about yourself and what your body really needs for fertility health in the process.
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- Fast Facts; Get the Facts. (2018). Retrieved from: https://resolve.org/infertility-101/what-is-infertility/fast-facts/