October 25, 2014
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Fertility


Alternative and natural adjunctive therapy for infertility

As alternative medicine and self-care move into the mainstream, the use of medicinal herbs, dietary supplements, and vitamins is becoming more widespread. In addition to surgery and medications, couples often wonder about other treatment approaches, which can include:

  • acupuncture
  • massage therapy
  • meditation
  • naturopathic care
  • herbal supplements
  • organic foods

There is limited clinical data available and the results are still controversial. It is too soon to tell the role that these alternative treatments may play.

It's important to remember, too, that some herbal supplements may actually interfere with fertility, as they can disrupt hormone levels. Your doctor or fertility specialist can help you determine which supplemental therapies may be appropriate for you, so bring in a list of those you're currently taking on your first appointment.

If you have any questions, talk to your doctor or fertility specialist. To find a fertility clinic near you, use the clinic locator.

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