NATUROPATHIC FERTILITY SUPPORT

According to the CDC, approximately 12% of women aged 15-44 years in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.  As naturopathic doctors, we are able to assist you in realizing a healthier you to support your fertility goals.

At RNM, we view supporting fertility as part of supporting overall vitality in both partners. Addressing the whole-body health translates to greater ease with conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy. This means that in addition to looking comprehensively at hormonal health, we also investigate chronic ailments throughout the body and care about mental and emotional symptoms. Having a naturopathic doctor from RNM as part of your fertility team means having someone look at both partners as whole people and provide non-toxic, effective and individualized care options. We work collaboratively with reproductive endocrinologists, midwives and OB/GYN doctors.

More about what we do

We often see patients who have been diagnosed with conditions like endometriosis or erectile dysfunction. Naturopathic medicine supports looking for the root cause of diagnoses and using modalities like herbs, supplements, diet, lifestyle changes and homeopathic remedies to support and strengthen the body. Based on an individual’s medical history, looking at specialty hormone or gastrointestinal health assessments, cortisol patterns, heavy metal toxicity and chronic infections could be useful. But more important to us than a diagnosis, is the person who has the diagnosis. We want to know about you as a person. That said, these are some medical conditions involving infertility that naturopathic medicine can address:

In women

  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Hormonal imbalances (estrogen, progesterone, FSH, thyroid and/or adrenal)
  • Diminished ovarian reserve, premature ovarian failure
  • Poor egg quality
  • Difficulty with ovulation
  • Ovarian cysts from stimulation medications
  • Thin uterine lining
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • History of recurrent miscarriages
  • Autoimmune factors affecting fertilization or implantation
  • Fibroid tumors
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Low libido

In men

  • Low libido
  • Low sperm counts
  • Poor morphology
  • Poor fertilization
  • Hormone imbalances (estrogen, testosterone, thyroid and/or adrenal)
  • Erectile dysfunction

Goals of naturopathic fertility support

The changes we strive for when optimizing women and men’s fertility are highly individualized. When we see chronic ailments improve as we address whole-body health, the effects on fertility may include:

Female fertility

  • Increase blood flow and nutrition to the reproductive system
  • Relaxation of the uterus to enhance implantation
  • Hormonal regulation
  • Regular ovulation
  • Reduce mental or emotional stress
  • Supporting unresolved emotional or physical trauma that can impact the endocrine system
  • Efficacy of fertility medications and interventions
  • Counteract side effects of fertility medications
  • Support liver and lymphatic detoxification pathways to help the body process environmental toxins that impact the endocrine system

Male fertility

  • Increase blood flow and nutrition to the reproductive system
  • Increase sperm count
  • Enhance morphology
  • Reduce mental or emotional stress
  • Support unresolved trauma that can impact endocrine system
  • Hormonal regulation
  • Supporting liver detoxification pathways to help the body process environmental toxins that impact the endocrine system

Tailored support throughout pregnancy and beyond

Bringing a child into the world is sacred. The events and experiences that have impacted your physical and emotional health can also impact the health of your child. There is significant research supporting this. Thus it is about being intentional to prevent from these things imprinting. Thus, naturopathic fertility support includes helping pregnant females prepare emotionally, physically and spiritually for having healthy pregnancies and post-partum experiences. It is about being the healthiest person you can be and preparing for the healthiest family with a team. Each trimester has unique challenges that we seek to help:   

First trimester

This time can be an exciting but difficult time for some women: the excitement of parenthood can be masked by physical discomfort. We can assist your mind and body to transition more smoothly into the beginning of your pregnancy. Common areas of support include:

  • Decreasing nausea and vomiting
  • Improving energy
  • Relieving musculoskeletal pain
  • Assisting with tissue integrity
  • Improving sleep
  • Mood support

Second Trimester

This trimester is often a great time to enjoy being pregnant. Often, nausea subsides and growth increases significantly in mom and baby. However, some health concerns can arise. Naturopathic medicine is very effective at reducing ailments such as:

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

Third Trimester

During this time the focus is on preparation for labor and comfort. Some musculoskeletal complaints may emerge, such as low back pain, and we will assist you in techniques to relieve muscular discomfort. Digestive discomfort is also often a concern and we can provide strategies to optimize digestion and elimination. Pre-birth support is directed at helping:

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

Fourth trimester: post-partum

This time is marked by supporting your family’s transition into this new and wondrous chapter of life. Common conditions that can be addressed with naturopathic medicine during this time include:

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

The process of enhancing overall health and wellness – which can lead to conception and having a healthy pregnancy, delivery and post-partum period – is well supported by naturopathic medicine. It would be an honor to meet you wherever you are in your journey.

Meet Our Practitioners that work with Naturopathic Fertility & Pregnancy Support

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Tiffany Bloomingdale, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

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

As a licensed naturopathic doctor at Richmond Natural Medicine, Dr. Tiffany Bloomingdale specializes in classical homeopathy and naturopathic cancer support. She is passionate about using homeopathy to address her patients’ physical symptoms in the context of their highly individual mental, emotional and spiritual health. She also utilizes botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and lifestyle counseling to invite optimal wellness. Dr. Bloomingdale wants to help her patients be the best versions of themselves. Regardless of age or diagnosis, she looks forward to connecting with you: call to schedule a visit with Dr. Bloomingdale today. Click Here to learn more about Dr. Bloomingdale.

Dr. Leah Hollon ND MPH

Leah Hollon, ND, MPH

Naturopathic Doctor & Co-owner of RNM

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

Richmond Native and Naturopathic Dr. Leah Hollon is the Co-Owner of Richmond Natural Medicine. She received her B.S. and MPH from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a graduate of National College of Natural Medicine where she received her Naturopathic Medical Degree. Her areas of focus include Autoimmune, Hormones, MTHFR Gene Mutation and Naturopathic Cancer Support. Please check our Book An Appointment for more information about booking an appointment.

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Viktoriya Beliy, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Areas of concentration: General Wellness,  Dermatology, Nutrition, Migraines, Autoimmune Issues, Men’s Health 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.

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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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