Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to get pregnant or you’re planning to get pregnant in the future, Lauren Rubal, MD, emphasizes a more holistic means to achieve a pregnancy than IVF and with less reliance on infusions of hormones. She integrates lifestyle choices and draws on evidence-based complementary medicine to help you achieve your fertility goals more naturally. For a more measured approach to fertility care, call the Newport Beach, California, office today or book a consultation online.
If you’d like to have children sometime in the future, consider making an appointment with Dr. Rubal for pre-pregnancy counseling to discuss your fertility.
Counseling can educate you and your partner, as well as identify chronic medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, Vitamin D deficiency, and thyroid disease, that may affect your ability to get pregnant or maintain a successful pregnancy.
Dr. Rubal can suggest treatments to manage these conditions and others that affect your fertility. Depending on your age and health, she also may suggest a fertility workup to look for factors, such as a hormonal imbalance or structural blockage, that can affect your ability to conceive.
Both internal and external forces affect your fertility. These factors include:
By age 40, your likelihood of pregnancy drops to around 67%. Age also increases your risk of miscarriage and health problems that can hamper your fertility.
Stress may directly affect the hormones that regulate reproduction or ovulation. Depression also may have a similar effect on your fertility.
If your history includes unprotected sex or multiple partners, these factors can increase your risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Some STDs can cause scars on your fallopian tubes and lead to infertility.
Smoking may increase the risk of infertility. Drinking just five alcoholic beverages a week also can reduce your chances of conception.
Having a level of body fat that’s 10-15% above normal can lead to an overproduction of estrogen in your body. This imbalance may make it more challenging for you to conceive.
If your body fat is 10-15% below normal, your reproductive system may shut down completely. Strict vegetarians also may experience fertility challenges from a lack of vitamin B-12, iron, zinc, and folic acid.
Making changes to your lifestyle and diet can have a direct impact on your fertility. When you meet with Dr. Rubal, she recommends evidence-based changes you can make at home, as well as medical interventions.
She may suggest losing weight if needed. She may recommend adopting a new eating plan to ensure your diet is rich in nutrients and vitamins that improve fertility, such as folic acid, vitamin B-12, and omega-3 fatty acids.
For whole-person care to promote your fertility, call the office today or book a consultation online.