Natural Approach To Fertility
Alternative Paths To Fertility Enhancement
“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.” — Robert Fritz
Many of you who are of reproductive age today may have heard of a fertility event in human reproduction that occurred in 1978 after the birth of the first test tube baby, Louise. Her birth was considered a major triumph to all those who suffered from infertility, like her mother who had blocked fallopian tubes. Since then, many Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) programs have been developed, and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) clinics and hospitals around the world have sprung up, emerging as the standard of fertility care. These programs claim to have produced thousands of babies as a result of their efforts and are supported by major medical organizations, such as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Women who have challenges with fertility flock to these clinics to have IVF procedures. Perhaps they are told that this is the only path to take for them if they want to conceive a child, and they believe it. The media sensationalizes the idea that women can have it all, a child, a career, and certainty in their lives, even in advanced reproductive years and beyond. It promises hope to many women who are desperate to conceive a child at all costs. And the expense is high.
Drawbacks To IVF
But the fact is that IVF programs actually contribute a small percentage of live births compared to the births in the general population. In addition, there are many cons that are associated with the use of IVF. There is a third party, the physician, who is involved in an intimate manner of implanting the embryo from eggs fertilized in a laboratory. For some, who are deemed infertile, this process of In Vitro is just accepted as part of the normal modern course of action to become pregnant, that is, if you really want to have a baby. Society accepts this trend as a major breakthrough for infertile couples and applauds its use. And if you have succeeded in producing a child through IVF, you will be congratulated for your success. You will swear by it and believe that it was the only way to achieve your goal. And perhaps you are correct.
However, as great as it may appear, there are many drawbacks to using IVF as a primary means of becoming pregnant. First of all, there is no guarantee of success. Many women who you have not heard of have had multiple IVF cycles, some 11 or more, without ever conceiving a child. Not only is this expensive and for the privileged few, it takes its toll on the psyches and bodies of women, causing depression, anxiety, and ill health.
It is known that babies produced from IVF procedures have a higher risk of birth defects and prematurity, particularly with multiple births. There is a tendency for reproductive physicians who practice IVF not to examine the underlying causes of infertility or address them through surgery or other procedures. In addition, with IVF, a male partner is no longer necessary in the creation of a child, as there are egg donors who will fill the gap for them. As women and men, you may feel stripped of your inheritance as creative persons. The act of procreation takes place in a Petri dish at some distance from your love nest.
Ethical And Religious Concerns
In addition to these cons, some people may find that there are ethical and religious considerations that prevent them from taking part in ART programs. Couples who are Catholics, Jews, Muslims, or other orthodox followers of their faiths may feel that the use of IVF is not acceptable. Those whose spirituality is based in belief of a Universal Mind, or those who are atheists may have ethical reasons for not participating in IVF. But what are these believers to do, when society is fixated on fixing the problem of infertility with IVF procedures? Often times, they feel shunned from society for not wanting to use IVF.
So what alternatives do people have in these situations?
Natural Procreative Technology (NaPro Technology)
NaPro Technology uses the Creighton Model Fertility Care System and its biological markers to work cooperatively with a woman’s cycle. Dr. Thomas Hilgers is the co-founder of the model and the founder and director of the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction. This holistic, proven, and effective model has evolved into a science of women’s health and has helped thousands of women to conceive.
Physicians and educators in the model are trained on how to use the system, where woman are taught to participate in their own fertility-focused family building process. Although intended for Catholic couples, members of all religious denominations and those with ethical considerations against IVF are welcomed into the program.
In the training process, physicians are taught to evaluate, diagnose, and treat the underlying root causes of infertility. As surgeons, they become skilled at surgical procedures that enhance fertility, which is now becoming a lost art in the world of IVF. Once the underlying causes are treated, women are taught by qualified educators how to collect data as biomarkers of their own reproductive systems. This information is used to prescribe a treatment protocol that meets their needs, accounting for spiritual and ethical considerations. It is a successful program that serves to empower women to tap into their creativity and have the baby of their dreams.
IVF Is Not For Everybody
As a healthcare provider and performance coach, I have worked with clients who have had challenges with infertility. Some were contemplating IVF as a last resort and others were in the middle of IVF cycles. However, I have also worked with women who felt uncomfortable with IVF technology because it goes against the grain of their spiritual convictions and their philosophical approaches to creativity.
In my search for viable options for my clients, I found The NaPro Technology Revolution: Unleashing the Power in a Woman’s Cycle, written by Dr. Hilgers. In this book, he explains the history of the development of the program and why he created it. He talks about the biases and challenges he faced for going against the grain, and his reasons for promoting his work and how to use this natural program. “What every woman has a right to know about her body…her health…her future!” is contained in this book. Although written for lay persons, it is complete with charts and scientific data for professionals as well.
I recommend the reading of this book to all those who seek to find their true creative potentials in body, mind, and spirit. During my quest years ago, I wish I had a system to follow that would have helped me understand why I had 4 miscarriages out of 8 pregnancies and what I could have done about making the process easier. This knowledge would have saved me time and given me peace of mind, along with the mind-body approaches I used to assist myself. I share this information with you now in the hope that it may guide you on the rightful path to success on your fertility journey.
Emotional & Psychological Issues
Even though NaProTechnology addresses the personal concerns described above, it remains a physically-based system that does not address the emotional and psychological issues we have discussed on these pages. My program, Metamorphosis: Fertility Enhancement Coaching, used in conjunction with NapPro will help you to more easliy unleash the power of your femine creativity.
Thank you for your continued interest.