Fertility Clinic Toronto – Tehseen Meghji, Naturopathic Doctor

Phil: So, another thing you help people with
are fertility issues in men and women? Tehseen: Yes, usually fertility, it’s best
to have both the woman and the man come in. I do it for both separately as well, but generally,
it’s usually the women that come in first and I would like to usually see both partners. Phil: We always blame the women, but it could
be both. Tehseen: It can be both, it generally is a
combined effort for sure. Phil: What do you find yourself telling people
they can do at home that might help. Tehseen: Right, so, decreased fertility there
can be many different reasons, so it depends on what the cause is, but generally for all
causes of issues with fertility it’s usually something that’s the basis is the diet.
So if we’re having a diet that’s causing more inflammation in the body, we’re gonna
have more trouble being more fertile, so following a whole foods diet is probably the best advice
to help for natural conception, so whole foods means avoiding refined sugars, processed foods,
favoring organic foods as much as possible – specifically meat and dairy products because
those are high in hormones and can cause hormonal imbalances. So I do a lot of dietary counselling
when it comes to fertility because I find that a lot of times taking out specific food
groups – and it might not be everything, but a few things once they’re identified – decreases
inflammation for both partners and increases their fertility. So that’s probably the
best thing that I can say, and generally people with concerns about fertility, they’ve been
to fertility specialists and they really want to conceive, and they’ve been trying for
a really long time so that’s causing stress for them. Perhaps they might not be feeling
very hopeful because they’ve been told that they may not be able to have a child, and
they really, really want to have one. So there’s a lot of stress that comes with it and stress
itself feeds into being not as fertile. So I work a lot with stress management and doing
things yourself to help with coping with stress on a day to day basis, whether that’s breathing
techniques, meditation, yoga, or just talking to each other and learning to enjoy intimacy
together without having to think about conception, are ways that you can actually increase your
fertility as well. Phil: How do you think you would help them
in a way that’s different than another fertility, like a conventional fertility specialist. Tehseen: So it’s working on many levels
– physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. As a naturopathic doctor, the benefit for
my fertility patients is we use things that are more natural and supportive to the body.
So a lot of times, a lot of times with fertility specialists they’ll be giving you things
to induce ovulation, or suggesting in vitro fertilization and things like that, which
are fine – they can definitely benefit – but there are side effects and risks associated
with that. As a naturopathic doctor, I use a lot of botanical medicine to help regulate
hormones, and the side effects of that are not too drastic or anything like that, so
people find that to be much more gentle and beneficial in helping with balancing and regulating
the cycles. As well as, when we’re talking about ovulation, a lot of times it’s just
charting the cycle, so I talk to women quite a bit about charting their menstrual cycles,
becoming aware of when they’re ovulating, what their basal body temperature is, and
finding out how their cycle correlates to their hormones, and that way they become more
empowered about knowing when it is that they should be trying to conceive, so it’s a
lot of education that way, too. Sometimes it’s as simple as, you’re not being intimate
and trying to conceive on the day that you’re most fertile, so a lot of times that is the
kickstart for having a natural conception. Phil: And so sometimes you can make it happen
really quickly for couples and sometimes it might take a little longer if you’re helping
with like a hormonal imbalance or a sensitivity of some kind to food. Tehseen: Right, sometimes it’s as simple
as cutting out gluten from the diet and charting your cycles to know when you’re fertile,
and within 3 months somebody could be pregnant, but sometimes it is more long standing, so
there are times when a woman’s ovarian reserve is not high enough so she may not be ovulating
enough, or she has a hormonal imbalance, or the partner, he may have low sperm count or
the sperm may not be as motile, so it’s working… those things sometimes take longer
to have a healthy conception. And then it doesn’t stop there as well, sometimes conception
is easy but keeping the fetus is harder, so if you’re miscarrying a lot then we’re
also looking at other things and generally that’s a deficiency in the hormone progesterone,
so working on keeping those levels up to maintain a healthy pregnancy is also something I look
at. Phil: Okay. And even if people are considering
in vitro fertilization it makes sense to prepare themselves for that as well, nutritionally
and otherwise with a naturopathic doctor. Tehseen: You bet, ya. So it’s not one or
the other. A lot of times with my fertility patients I’m working with them while they’re
working with fertility specialists as well, and I find usually when you do both together
you can have greater success. Acupuncture’s excellent for in vitro fertilization, so – even
for fertility generally – but there’s specific protocols for in vitro fertilization to help
implantation occur better while the treatment process is going on for in vitro fertilization.
So that seems to be very complementary if couples are deciding to go that route.

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