Whether you are trying to get pregnant naturally or you are using procedures like IUI and IVF, Dr. Hall will design a wellness plan that will restore your body and dramatically improve your chances of getting pregnant.
Pregnancy occurs when the right conditions meet the right timing. Attaining these conditions can be a challenge for many couples which is why it is very important to consider a holistic approach. In working with natural conception, Dr. Hall focuses on restoring fertility by restoring proper function of the body as a whole. This is crucial.
There is a tendency for many patients and doctors alike to focus almost exclusively on the reproductive system. That approach is often inadequate (as evidenced by the fact that many patients seek Dr. Hall because they had failed conventional medical treatments and she is often their “last resort”).
Dr. Hall finds excellent results when addressing patient’s overall health and well-being. Once the overall health begins to change, fertility is often restored automatically. Of course there are many things that need to be directly addressed at the level of the reproductive system: and these definitely require specialized knowledge, however one could never get the kind of results Dr. Hall is seeing if the only focus is on the reproductive system.
But getting healthy is not just about finding and correcting problems, it’s about creating an environment that is conducive to health. In many cases this involves dietary and lifestyle modifications, many of which are small changes that can make big differences or big changes that can make a monumental impact. This is why Dr. Hall’s approach is holistic. Not only does she look at the inner environment of the body, but the outer environment of your lives as well. By correcting imbalances and changing the things that prevent your body from healing itself, you create an environment that is very supportive for fertility. Using this holistic approach has astounding impacts on both fertility and your overall health.
Who chooses a holistic approach for infertility?
- Couples who are having trouble conceiving naturally
- Couples wanting “natural medicine”
- Couples for whom IVF has failed or is not appropriate
- Couples preparing themselves for pregnancy or to do IVF/IUI
- Couples who wish to try everything
How many treatments do I need?
Because follicles go through a 90-120 day follicular development period before they are released for fertilization, Dr. Hall generally recommends a minimum of three months of care to best maximize follicular quality. However, in cases where there are advanced menstrual irregularities like erratic cycles, amenorrhea, anovulation, or severe PMS or menstrual pain, longer course of care may be recommended and could take up to one year.
Dr. Hall’s goal is to help patients get into the best overall health possible in order to maximize the opportunity for a successful cycle. During this preparation period, Dr. Hall will work with you to improve sleep, digestion and absorption, manage stress, improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, and increase blood production. During preconception preparation, she also makes every effort to improve cycle regularity and eliminates any existing menstrual symptoms like PMS, painful cramping, spotting, and menstrual headaches.
Dr. Hall’s Requirements:
Dr. Hall treats each person individually based on their health history, symptoms and clinical presentation. However, there are a few guidelines in treatment that may apply to every patient. These include:
- Improving digestion
- Restoring proper absorption of nutrients
- Regulating sugar metabolism and insulin absorption
- Restoring healthy balance of testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and FSH
- Dissolving phlegm accumulations that form the waxy coating found on the follicles of PCOS patients
- Improving blood flow to the uterus and ovaries to regulate follicle production
- Regulating menstruation and basal body temperatures.
Comprehensive Blood Chemistry Panel:
- Comprehensive Executive Metabolic Panel: this includes 24 important disease markers such as Glucose, Hemoglobin A1c (Blood Sugar), SGOT, SGPT, GGT, Bilirubin (Liver), BUN, Creatinine, Phosphorus, Uric Acid (Kidney), Alkaline Phosphatase (Bone), and others
- Cardiovascular Panel: Cholesterol, Triglycerides, LDL, VLDL, HDL, Cholesterol/HDL Ratio, LDL/HDL Ratio, C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP), Homocysteine, and Fibrinogen
- Thyroid Panel: TSH, Total T4, Total T3, Free T4, Free T3, T3 Uptake, and FTI
- CBC with Differential: White Blood Cells and Red Blood Cells, Platelets
- Vitamin D & Magnesium
Basal Body Temperature Chart: It is critical to chart at least 3 months worth of basal body temperature first thing in the morning. By charting your temperatures Dr. Hall could see patterns in your menstrual cycle which would help with your treatment plan.
Expanded Female Hormone Panel (done through DiagnosTechs if applicable): Consists of 11 saliva samples which are tested for estradiol and progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. This will provide a map of the entire menstrual cycle which may help to identify otherwise hard-to-detect or subtle abnormalities within any of the phases of the menstrual cycle. In addition, 5 saliva samples of FSH & LH measurements will be taken to see if brain control and stimulation of the ovaries is optimal.
- Cyrex Array 2 (if applicable): Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen
- Cyrex Array 3 (if applicable): Wheat/Gluten Proteome Reactivity & Autoimmunity
- Cyrex Array 4 (if applicable): Gluten-Associated Cross-Reactive Foods and Foods Sensitivity
- Cyrex Array 5 (if applicable): Systemic Autoimmune Reactivity Screen
Here’s a diagram depicting how nutrition could affect your Fertility.