NATUROPATHIC FERTILITY SUPPORT

According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, 10 to 15 percent of couples will have trouble getting pregnant, turning what should be a joyous time into a stressful, arduous and expensive journey.

Here at RNM, we understand that fertility is about more than just one sperm meeting one egg at the right time every month. Something that seems so easy can be incredibly complicated and delicate. Stress, hormonal imbalances, anatomical abnormalities, lifestyle choices, sperm abnormalities— these can all create challenges to getting pregnant. Whether you’re trying to overcome one of these frustrating hurdles or just want to prepare yourself for a healthy pregnancy, our unique approach to naturopathic fertility support can make a huge difference.

What We Do

Using a combination of naturopathic and Chinese medicine, we get to the root of what’s causing the problem and build a strong foundation to support a healthy conception, pregnancy, and delivery. Naturopathic medicine can identify and address underlying health issues that may impact fertility, such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies or endocrine pathologies. It utilizes herbal, nutritional and homeopathic therapies to correct deficiencies and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It’s also beneficial for those patients who are struggling with their weight, which can impact the success of various assisted reproduction techniques (ART). We work to uncover the physical, emotional, mental and social factors that may be contributing to being over- or underweight so patients can find that healthy, ideal number on the scale that will enhance their odds of conceiving.

Chinese medicine, which includes fertility acupuncture, herbs, and other healing modalities, has been used for thousands of years to enhance the fertility of both partners. Today, we’re seeing more research being done with Chinese medicine for women’s health and infertility, with exciting results. In fact, recent research has shown that Chinese medicine techniques, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, can improve in vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancy rates. It’s so effective (and minimally invasive) that many Western reproductive centers are embracing acupuncture as an adjunct therapy during ART.

It’s just as important for men to get treatment as it is for women. While many sperm and libido-related problems can be circumvented with ART, they’re often signs of an imbalance in the system. Chinese and naturopathic medicine promotes overall health as well as the quality of sperm. Taking a “big picture” approach helps identify potential factors that may be impacting fertility even when the semen analysis is normal.

HERE’S WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP:  

Female Fertility

  • Increases blood flow and nutrition to the uterus and ovaries
  • Relaxes the uterus to enhance implantation
  • Reduces emotional stress
  • Regulates hormones and the entire endocrine system
  • Promotes regular ovulation
  • Supports overall health, increasing the odds of carrying a healthy baby to term without complications
  • Counteracts the negative side effects of fertility medications
  • Helps the liver metabolize toxins and environmental endocrine disruptors that impact fertility

Male Fertility

  • Increases blood flow and nutrition to the reproductive system to promote healthy sperm production
  • Increases sperm count
  • Decreases poor morphology
  • Strengthens motility and forward progression
  • Reduces stress and promotes relaxation
  • Regulates hormones and the entire endocrine system
  • Helps the liver metabolize toxins and environmental endocrine disruptors that impact fertility

Playing Health Detective

At RNM, we’re used to seeing the tough cases, women and men who haven’t been able to find an explanation for their fertility challenges or who haven’t had success with conventional treatments. We have successfully helped couples who are struggling with the following issues:


In Women

  • Infertility in women over age 35
  • Elevated FSH levels
  • Diminished ovarian reserve
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Thin uterine lining
  • Anovulation and irregular cycles
  • Luteal phase defect (low progesterone levels)
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • Poor egg quality
  • Autoimmune factors affecting fertilization or implantation
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Ovarian cyst formation secondary to stimulation medications
  • Fibroid tumors
  • Hormonal imbalances (estrogen, progesterone, thyroid and adrenal)
  • Grief, anxiety, and depression
  • Low libido

In Men

  • Low sperm counts
  • Poor forward progression
  • Poor morphology
  • Poor fertilization
  • High estrogen and low testosterone levels
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Delayed semen liquefaction and high viscosity
  • Low libido
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Adrenal dysfunction

We recommend weekly acupuncture appointments or with Fertility Acupuncture while trying to conceive, and whatever your underlying health issues are, we will create a personalized plan for you and your partner. We also offer a Partner Preconception Care Plan that includes a couples consultation and acupuncture with the goal of maximizing you and your partner’s health before you start trying. (Please contact our office for additional information and scheduling.  We can be reached at (804) 977-2634)

If you’re already working with a reproductive endocrinologist, gynecologist or midwife, our integrative approach can supplement the ART treatments you’re receiving and even prepare you for and ease the birthing process. We also offer pre- and post-transfer acupuncture services on the day of transfer for IVF and IUI patients, which have also been shown to improve pregnancy rates.

Pregnancy Support

Congratulations, you’re pregnant! We offer a complete plan that addresses every stage of pregnancy. Once that embryo is safely ensconced in the womb, we will support you and your partner on every step of your exciting and miraculous journey.

First Trimester

We like to see you once weekly from the first positive pregnancy test through the first trimester to:

  • Prevent Miscarriage
  • Decrease nausea and vomiting
  • Improve energy
  • Relieve musculoskeletal pain
  • Improve sleep

Second Trimester

Since women tend to feel their best during the second trimester, visits are less frequent. Conditions we commonly address during this period include:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Low back pain
  • Leg cramps
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum

Third Trimester

Treatments during this time focus on any musculoskeletal complaints, such as low back pain that have come up as a result of your pregnancy. Ideally, this is a great time to start preparing your body for labor. We recommend having pre-birth treatments weekly from week 36 until delivery. Pre-birth treatments have been shown to:

  • Ripen the cervix
  • Maintain the baby in the best position for labor
  • Support energy levels for women going into labor
  • Decrease the amount of time spent in labor
  • Reduce the incidence of induction or cesarean section

Post-Partum

Acupuncture after delivery can be a wonderful way to help support the new mother. Common conditions that can be addressed during this time include:

  • Fatigue
  • Insufficient lactation
  • Insomnia
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Cesarean recovery
  • Bowel irregularities
  • Blocked ducts and mastitis

We recognize that each person’s journey is different and we are committed to offering a personalized approach for you and your family’s unique needs. 

Meet Our Practitioners that work with Naturopathic Fertility & Pregnancy Support

Micah Allen ND

Dr. Micah Allen ND, L.Ac

Naturopathic Doctor & Licensed Acupuncturist

Areas of concentration: Fertility Support, Endocrine Support, Pain Management, Women’s Health, Children’s Health

As a young child, I grew up wanting to pursue veterinary medicine. After my first 2 years of undergraduate studies, I wanted to be sure that my lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian was solid. So like my other prior interests, I threw myself into non-animal science curriculum and activities. I began participating in a research project at the Florida A&M University’s School of Pharmacy studying cathepsin D and it’s effect in Alzheimer’s disease. The next summer, I had an opportunity to do rotations with a local gastroenterologist who was also a pharmacist.   Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Micah Allen.

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Dr. Tiffany Bloomingdale, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: Classical Homeopathy, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Digestive Health, Naturopathic Cancer Support,Fertility Support

Naturopathic medicine helps me be the kind of doctor I want to be. With symptoms and diagnoses come stories—sweeping, miniscule and wild. These narratives are flashlights that help to illuminate who the person is behind the symptoms and diagnoses. Stories reveal our joys, challenges, responses, reactions, longings and fears. I love how the philosophy and modalities of naturopathic medicine find relevance in and offer support to the most personal nuances.

Bridget Casey, ND

Dr. Bridget Casey, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: Digestive Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Children’s Health, Autoimmune Support, Fertility Support and General Wellness

I became a Naturopathic Doctor in order to help others achieve health in a real way – something I was able to do only after discovering this medicine in my personal health journey. While struggling with my own health issues, I experienced a lack of health-promoting interventions within conventional medicine. Through this, I found my interest in natural health and nutrition grow – to the point where I considered making it a second career.

Dr. Leah Hollon ND MPH

Dr. Leah Hollon, ND, MPH

Naturopathic Doctor & Co-owner of RNM

Areas of concentration: Autoimmune, Neurology, Naturopathic Cancer Support, Fertility Support, Hormones & MTHFR Gene Mutation

As a young woman I became very interested and fascinated by the intricacy of the human body and more importantly the interconnection of the mind, body and spirit.  This led me to pursuing various degrees including my bachelors of science in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Master in Public Health from VCU School of Medicine.

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Dr. Taylor Pagano, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: General Wellness, Gastrointestinal concerns, Fertility Support, Dermatology, Insomnia, Neurology and Women’s Medicine

In early adulthood, I discovered the connection between your diet and your health.  Upon being exposed to the truth behind factory farming and the food industry I made a huge lifestyle change.  I did a complete overhaul on my diet and I learned how to eat in a way that would nourish my body, mind and soul. In doing so, I found a new passion for nutrition.  I had dealt with digestive issues and acne through all of my teen years and this change in my diet lead to increased energy, healthier skin, and better digestion.

Dr Chrissy Davis-Allen

Dr. Chrissy Davis-Allen, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: Allergies, General Wellness, Children’s Health, Women’s Health, Naturopathic Cancer Support & Fertility Support

Dr. Chrissy Davis-Allen, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor at Richmond Natural Medicine, where she treats patients with herbs, homeopathy, nutritional therapy, and craniosacral therapy. Dr. Davis-Allen enjoys seeing patients of all ages addressing children’s health, women’s health, fertility, cancer support, and allergies. She graduated from Bastyr University with her doctorate in naturopathic medicine where she received certification as a massage therapist, doula, and craniosacral therapist. Dr. Davis-Allen has practiced naturopathic medicine in Connecticut, Colorado and Virginia since 2001. Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Chrissy Davis-Allen.

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