There are natural options for fertility support.

There are also holistic solutions for your anxiety, your terrible sleep, your brain fog, and more…

For individuals and couples who have been labeled as “infertile,” or for those struggling with getting pregnant, naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer. As a naturopathic doctor specializing in women’s health and in fertility, I support people who are trying to conceive naturally.

Naturopathic vs. Conventional Medicine for Fertility

Despite providing the gold standard in diagnostics, conventional medicine typically relies on expensive drugs and surgical procedures to aid in conception. In California, one round of IVF (in-vitro fertilization) is likely to cost $15,000-24,000, with a success rate of only 4-18% per treatment.

In my clinical practice I utilize similar fertility diagnostics to conventional MD’s, but I offer treatments that are less invasive, less expensive, and more holistic.

These treatments can be applied prior to IVF—and if they work, they can eliminate the need for this altogether. 😉

My treatments, and those of most naturopathic doctors, are individually tailored using natural medicines (western botanicals and supplements) and dietary & lifestyle changes. I incorporate the beneficial aspects of modern medicinal practices to complement a natural therapeutic approach to achieve a healthy conception, pregnancy and birth.

How does natural medicine work to treat fertility?

Although (cis)women are more likely to explore the cause of infertility, up to 24% of infertility is due to (cis)male factors, and 28% remains unknown.

When couples or individuals come to me for fertility healthcare I look for any medical concerns that may not have been diagnosed yet, as well as any lifestyle concerns (diet, stress, sleep, exercise, etc). We may also need further laboratory testing or imaging.

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In my practice, approximately 30% of women or couples I see have fertility troubles because of high stress, whether this is from outside sources (family, health, work) or from the stress of trying to conceive.

This is important to address because reproductive hormones are inhibited by stress.

Working together, we will come up with a plan to find ways to lower your stress response (I love adaptogenic herbs for this!) all while supporting your fertility. It’s an important factor that isn’t addressed in conventional medicine and often is such a keystone to your overall wellness and fertility.

In general, I am looking for areas of concern in your lifestyle and menstrual patterns that should be addressed, treating to relieve these symptoms (or improve certain lab results), and building foundational health habits.

I can work with your reproductive endocrinologist, or support you in the initial diagnosis or work-up if you are having trouble conceiving. I also provide preconception counseling for couples and individuals prior to IUI insemination.

85% of the women I see in my clinic conceive naturally and never need to work with a reproductive endocrinologist.

Ideally, I will work with someone for 3-6 months before they want to conceive.

It’s important to know that there are additional answers and treatment options for fertility, but equally just as important to relax and find tools to help you stay grounded about this process.

This is about putting you back in charge of your health, giving you the tools to take control, and giving you the knowledge and power to know what helps you feel like the best version of yourself.

I am here to help guide you. I promise to listen, come up with a comprehensive treatment plan, and to give you one of the best experiences you have ever had at a doctor’s office.

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Dr. Sara Norris is a telemedicine Naturopathic Doctor specializing in women’s health, hormones, skin, and digestive health based in Los Angeles and serving you via phone or video anywhere in California.

Mailing address  2275 Huntington Dr #238, San Marino, CA 91108
Phone  (323) 844-3374
Fax  (866) 469-2721
Email  hello@drsaranorris.com