Infertility - A different approach

Usually, infertility is simply a symptom of another underlying condition. These underlying conditions not only cause health problems, but also indirectly cause the infertility. Unfortunately, most people address infertility as an isolated problem that needs to be fixed. The fact that many people do not address infertility as a symptom of another disease is a huge flaw in the current approach to infertility. Additionally, infertility often leads to severe emotional distress. This distress can compound health problems, and in some cases make infertility problems worse.

With the availability of in vitro fertilization in 1978, efforts to treat infertility in women shifted. People were no longer as concerned about the symptoms of infertility, but focused solely on combatting the problem. When this shift occurred, over 25 years ago, science and technology was just beginning to come up with ways to examine the possible causes of infertility. Diagnostic laparoscopy was still in its infancy, hormone assessment was not easily accessible, and real-time ultrasounds were not yet available. Selective hysterosalpingography had not even been developed and physicians could not catheterize the fallopian tubes. The Creighton Model Fertility Care System actually began its first education program in 1978, so this way of monitoring biological markers during the fertility cycle was very much still evolving. This new system allowed doctors to study mucus patterns in the fertility cycle for the first time. Now, doctors can study the mucus patterns during the fertility cycle to search for abnormalities. In about 15% of all women with regular menstrual cycles and infertility, no mucus is observed during their entire cycle. This is called a dry cycle. If Doctors look at hormonal correlations, they see that both estrogen and progesterone levels are suboptimal compared to values observed in normal cycles. This leads doctors to think that dry cycles are actually a symptom of hormonal abnormalities.

A NaProTECHNOLOGY approach to a couple faced with infertility has five goals: attempt to determine the cause of infertility, begin treatment of these causes, assist the couple in successfully becoming pregnant, research into unknown causes if treatment is unsuccessful, support family with adoption if they are unsuccessful becoming pregnant.

The use of NaProTECHNOLOGY to approach infertility problems will also shed light on causes or events that may have previously been ignored. For example, using the technology to study a woman with four consecutive miscarriages reveals a likely cause of her infertility. She charts her cycle and has premenstrual spotting. Studying her hormones reveals reduced progesterone production, which suggests that an inadequate corpus luteum is most likely a cause of her miscarriages.

Three cases show that NaProTECHNOLOGY is a useful tool in combatting infertility. In case one, the patient experienced dry cycles and seven years of infertility. The patient was recommended vitamin B6 to increase mucus production. Soon, limited mucus production was observed and pregnancy was achieved. In case two a patient had lost sextuplets at 20 weeks of pregnancy. Her CrMS chart shows that she most likely has polycystic ovarian disease. In case three the patient had several problems including limited mucus cycles, endometriosis, ovarian dysfunction and a husband with a low sperm count. However with NaProTECHNOLOGY treatment, the patient became pregnant and delivered a healthy baby.

A study from Johns Hopkins University shows that the NaProTECHNOLOGY approach to treat infertility is significantly more successful and effective than current approaches. Another study from Johns Hopkins University shows improvement when the technology is used to treat women who had polycystic ovarian disease. For women who experience infertility due to anovulatory infertility, polycystic ovarian disease, endometriosis, or tubal occlusion they are much more likely to become pregnant with NaProTECHNOLOGY than through in vitro fertilization.