Why a Systemic Approach is Essential in Fertility Treatment

Dr Ryu

When it comes to fertility issues, many couples find themselves frustrated and confused when they receive a diagnosis of “unexplained infertility.” This can be disheartening, as it may seem like there’s no clear path forward. However, at Dr. Ryu Natural Medicine Clinic in Wimbledon, South West London, we believe that a systemic perspective is crucial in addressing fertility challenges.

Understanding the Complexity of Fertility

Fertility is a complex, non-linear issue that involves multiple factors, including hormonal balance, nutritional status, stress levels, and overall health. When a couple experiences difficulty conceiving, it’s essential to look at the big picture rather than focusing on a single cause. In many cases, fertility problems are the result of a compounding effect, where various factors interact and influence each other.

For example, chronic stress can disrupt hormonal balance, which in turn may affect ovulation and sperm production. It’s crucial for clients to understand that chronic stress doesn’t merely remain a psychological matter; it leaves a biological dent. When the body is under constant stress, it prioritizes survival functions over reproductive functions, leading to imbalances that can hinder fertility. Similarly, nutrition and diet play a vital role in fertility, as they provide the raw materials for hormone production and directly impact the workings of the biological system. Nutrient deficiencies can compromise egg and sperm quality, making conception more challenging.

Moreover, gut health is often overlooked when it comes to reproductive issues. However, the gut is where nutritional status and immune system are maintained. Food sensitivities or the presence of gut issues such as ‘leaky gut’ or overwhelming bowel toxin can lead to inflammation and affect overall health, including reproductive function. At Dr. Ryu Natural Medicine Clinic, we have seen many of our clients successfully conceive and take home healthy babies by addressing issues that may seem unrelated to reproductive organs.


The Role of Partners in Fertility

Another important aspect of the systemic approach to fertility is recognizing the role of both partners. While much attention is often placed on the female partner, male fertility is equally important. Factors such as sperm count, motility, and morphology can significantly impact a couple’s ability to conceive, not only in natural conception but also in assisted reproductive techniques.

It’s a common misconception that as long as a couple opts for ICSI(intracytoplasmic sperm injection), sperm health is less important since only one or two good sperm are needed for the procedure. The success rate of ICSI is much higher when good sperm parameters are achieved. Sperm should be grown in a high testosterone environment to ensure robust health and function. Many couples are primarily concerned with egg quality, but it’s crucial to understand that sperm defects can also cause the arrest of embryo development.  At Dr. Ryu Natural Medicine Clinic, we optimize the chances of a successful pregnancy, whether through natural conception or IVF, by taking a comprehensive approach that includes both partners.


Every Fertility Journey is Unique

At Dr. Ryu Natural Medicine Clinic, we recognize that every couple’s path to parenthood is distinct and deeply personal. By acknowledging the intricate nature of fertility and the equal importance of both partners’ health, we strive to identify and address the underlying factors that may be hindering a couple’s ability to conceive. Our systemic approach, tailored to your unique biology and circumstances, offers a compassionate and comprehensive solution to unexplained infertility.

If you’re seeking a natural, holistic approach to optimizing your reproductive health and achieving your dream of starting a family, we warmly invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ryu.

Agnes Ryu

Agnes Ryu

Dr. Ryu is a clinician and biochemist specializing in integrative medicine. Her clinical interests include fertility, hormones, metabolism, healthy ageing, menopause, and natural breast cancer care. As an integrative practitioner, Dr. Ryu aims to uncover the root causes of health issues and strives to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to take charge of their own health.

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