Natural Fertility Melbourne

Natural Fertility

Linda Cotone at Melbourne Naturopathy specialises in naturopathic fertility treatment for all stages of conception from early planning right through to pregnancy.

Natural fertility Naturopath planning will help to keep you, your partner, and your baby as healthy as possible, optimising your health and addressing issues before you become pregnant.

While pre-conception care is the ultimate form of preventative medicine, being prepared and ensuring you and your partner are in the best health possible can positively influence your child’s health and quality of life for years to come.

Some of the natural methods we use to aid in fertility and preconception care include: nutritional supplements, herbs, diet and lifestyle changes, cycle charting, and pathology testing.

Men have more than just a small part to play in the conception and the health of their baby and should also consider their need for preconception care.

Development of healthy sperm is very important as it delivers half of the genetic materials to form the baby. The sperm also plays an important role in the successful fertilisation of the egg and the pregnancy outcome.

Underlying Causes

The main underlying causes of infertility in both females and males include:

Underlying Causes

  • Hormone imbalance/poor egg quality
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Toxicity (environmental pollution)
  • Genito-urinary tract infections
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Immune system problems
  • Increase in age of first time parents
  • Side effects of drugs and surgery
  • Thyroid disease

Why choose Melbourne Naturopathy?

Linda uses natural remedies and herbs to boost fertility by:

  • 1. Correcting hormone imbalances and regulating the menstrual cycle
  • 2. Improving the quantity and quality of cervical mucus
  • 3. Stimulating ovulation
  • 4. Treating the underlying related disorders
  • 5. Enhancing follicular/egg development
  • 6. Improving sperm health including count, morphology, and motility
  • 7. Treating any underlying issues such as obesity, stress, immune system problems, thyroid issues, toxicity, genitourinary tract infections, nutritional deficiencies, etc.

Preconception care principles are also used in helping to prevent recurrent miscarriages. In cases where IVF may be the only option, as couples will feel healthier and the chances for a successful outcome are enhanced through naturopathic fertility treatments.

Preconception Care

Preconception Care

  • An integrated detoxification program
  • Screening for heavy metal toxicity
  • Checking for essential nutrients
  • Eating healthy organic food as much as possible
  • Exercise
  • Drinking adequate filtered water
  • Avoiding toxic chemicals and radiation
  • Avoiding drugs, smoking, excess caffeine, and unnecessary medications
  • Taking required supplements
  • Treating any Genito-urinary tract infections/allergies/immune system problems
  • Relaxation techniques (e.g. yoga/meditation)

Natural Treatment For Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome ( PCOS ) In Melbourne

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a reproductive disorder characterised by multiple cystic growths on the ovaries. PCOS develops when the ovaries are stimulated to produce excessive amounts of male hormones (androgens), particularly testosterone.

Common Signs and Symptoms of PCOS

  • Enlarged ovaries, generally 2-3 times larger than normal, resulting from multiple cysts
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Amenorrhoea ( No periods )
  • Excess facial hair
  • Central obesity – “apple-shaped” obesity centred around the lower half of the torso
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Infertility, generally resulting from chronic anovulation (lack of ovulation)
  • Elevated male hormones, especially testosterone
  • Androgenic alopecia (male-pattern baldness)
  • Jaw-line acne, oily skin
  • Prolonged periods of PMS-like symptoms
  • Sleep apnoea (especially if with metabolic syndrome)

Causes of PCOS

Major causative factors and risk factors that can contribute to the incidence of PCOS include:

  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Family history of PCOS
  • Stress
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • High glycaemic load diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle

HOW CAN NATURAL MEDICINE AT MELBOURNE NATUROPATHY HELP?

Linda the Naturopath at Melbourne Naturopathy specializes in natural treatment for PCOS. This includes the use of herbal medicine and nutritional supplements to balance hormones to regulate the menstrual cycle and to also treat the other symptoms. Linda also uses a low carbohydrate or ketogenic diet such as the  Ultralite or Shake – it Weight Management Programs, to regulate blood sugars,  insulin resistance and encourage fat loss, which will only enhance the effects of the herbal medicines.

Natural Treatment Endometriosis Melbourne

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Endometriosis is a hormonal condition where the lining of the uterus is found in sites outside the uterus. The lining can grow and produce lesions that can result in acute or chronic pelvic pain. It is estimated to affect one in ten women.

Endometriosis is usually diagnosed by laparoscopy during the investigation of pelvic pain or infertility. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of female infertility.

Linda at Melbourne Naturopathy specialises in the natural treatment of endometriosis.

Possible Contributing Factors Of Endometriosis

  • Oestrogen dominance ( Excess or imbalance of Oestrogen )
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Digestive issues ( dysbiosis )
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Retrograde blood flow ( blood flowing in the opposite direction to normal )

Common Symptoms Of Endometriosis

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pain with periods
  • Extreme bloating
  • Infertility
  • Pain with bladder/bowel function
  • Tenderness when affected areas are palpated
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Joint pain
  • Interstitial cystitis

HOW CAN NATUROPATHY HELP WITH ENDOMETRIOSIS?

Linda at Melbourne Naturopathy will provide natural treatment of endometriosis by prescribing the appropriate herbal medicine and nutritional supplements to not only treat your symptoms but treat the underlying problem. Dietary and lifestyle changes will also be recommended as part of your treatment. The endometriosis treatment will not only balance hormones, but work on digestive and liver function, and the immune response.

Natural Treatment For Dysmenorrhoea ( Painful Periods )

Dysmenorrhoea or painful periods is very common. Painful, debilitating, cramping periods are one of the leading causes of female school and work absenteeism. Primary dysmenorrhoea is pain that is not associated with underlying pathology, whilst secondary dysmenorrhoea refers to pelvic pain related to underlying pathology and exacerbated by menstruation, such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, bladder inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome or chronic pelvic inflammatory disease. Secondary dysmenorrhea may be associated with infertility, heavy menstrual flow or irregular bleeding, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse), vaginal discharge, lower abdominal or pelvic pain at other times of the cycle.

Causes Of Dysmenorrhoea

Painful Periods

  • Inflammation – contractions due to increased prostaglandin secretion
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Uterine ischemia
  • Endometriosis
  • Narrow opening of cervix, cervical stenosis or other anatomic abnormalities
  • Endometrial polyps
  • Fibroids
  • Uterine/pelvic infections
  • Chronic/acute pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)

How Can Naturopathy Help?

At Melbourne Naturopathy, Linda the Naturopath uses a combination of herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, dietary and lifestyle recommendations to decrease pain and inflammation, balance hormones and treat underlying health issues.

Menopause Natural Treatment In Melbourne

Menopause is a natural progression in every woman’s life and signifies the end of a woman’s fertility. Symptoms can occur anywhere between the ages of 45 and 60 years and can last between 2 – 3 years, but can vary from women to women.

SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH MENOPAUSE

  • Hot flushes
  • Night Sweats
  • Irregular cycles
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Low libido
  • Weight gain
  • Urinary changes
  • Hair changes
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headaches
  • Memory & concentration problems

HOW CAN MELBOURNE NATUROPATHY HELP WITH MENOPAUSE?

Linda at Melbourne Naturopathy specialises in natural treatment for menopause.
Linda can help with the process of menopause and help relieve the severity of the symptoms, through the use of herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes. These will not only help to relieve the symptoms but help prevent any other health issues that women maybe susceptible to during menopause.

Natural Treat For Fibroids

A uterine fibroid is an abnormal benign growth that can be found in or on a woman’s uterus.

Signs And Symptoms

Fibroids, particularly when small, may be entirely asymptomatic. Generally, symptoms related to the location of the lesion and its size. Common symptoms include:

  • Infertility
  • During pregnancy, fibroids may cause miscarriage, bleeding, premature labour, etc.
  • The sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen
  • Pelvic cramping or pain with periods
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Abdominal fullness
  • Increase in urinary frequency
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), sometimes with the passage of blood clots

Possible Causes Of Fibroids

  • Obesity and metabolic syndrome
  • Immune system problems
  • Genetics
  • Excess consumption of red meat
  • Pregnancy
  • Increased oestrogen: progesterone ratio

How Can Natural Medicine Help?

At Melbourne Naturopathy, Linda the Naturopath will use natural treatments to provide symptomatic relief from the symptoms of fibroids through the use of herbal medicines, nutritional supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes.

Natural Treatment For Menorrhagia

Menorrhagia is an abnormally heavy and/or prolonged menstrual flow.

What Causes Menorrhagia?

Major causative factors and risk factors that can contribute to the incidence of Menorrhagia include the following:

  • Perimenopause, due to anovulatory cycles causing high levels of unopposed oestrogen
  • Hormonal medications: HRT, Oestrogen administration (without progestogens)
  • Anaemia; a cause and a consequence of heavy bleeding
  • Increased prostaglandin production
  • Environmental toxicity (xeno-oestrogen exposure) contributing to oestrogen load
  • Stress
  • Overweight or obesity, increased fat mass leads to oestrogen excess
  • Hormonal disorders involving the ovaries-pituitary-hypothalamus
  • Blood disorders of platelets
  • Use of anticoagulant medication
  • Irritation of the endometrium may result in increased blood flow (e.g., from infection)
  • Contraceptive intrauterine devices (IUD’s)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Adenomyosis
  • Endometrial carcinoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Abnormal pregnancy and/or miscarriage
  • Recent genitourinary surgery

HOW CAN NATURAL MEDICINE HELP?

At Melbourne Naturopathy, Linda the Naturopath will take a detailed case history to determine the underlying cause, and use a combination of herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes to not only help reduce the menstrual flow, but balance hormones and correct the underlying issues.

Natural Treatment For Amenorrhoea

Amenorrhoea is the absence of menses (periods). Primary amenorrhea is defined as the failure of menses to begin once a woman reaches 16 years of age. Secondary amenorrhoea is the absence of menses for three or more consecutive normal menstrual cycles, in a woman who has previously experienced cyclical menses.

 

Most Common Causes Of Secondary Amenorrhoea :

  • Ovarian failure (premature menopause)
  • Elevated prolactin levels
  • Inadequate estrogen production
  • Chronic lack of ovulation (due to PCOS or other causes)
  • Low body weight/ low body fat

HOW CAN NATUROPATHY HELP TO REGULATE CYCLES?

Linda the Naturopath at Melbourne Naturopathy can help regulate cycles by taking a detailed case history to determine the cause of the of the irregularity and correcting this to restore balance. This will involve the use of herbal medicines, nutritional supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes and hormone testing.

Testimonials

Disclaimer: The Testimonials on this website do not constitute a guarantee or prediction regarding the outcome of any consultation. The testimonials on this website represent the anecdotal experience of individual consumers. Individual experiences are not a substitute for scientific research.

Firstly, I would like to thank Linda for all her help and support the last couple of years. She has been so amazing and helpful and such a caring person. I first came to see Linda on the 26th of August 2014, after being referred to by a family friend of ours, who was in a similar situation to mine. Prior to seeing Linda, my periods were quite irregular to sometimes having no periods at all. I was on birth control pills for a couple of years, so didn’t notice anything was wrong. My husband and I were trying to conceive in the year 2014, after getting off the birth control pills and were unsuccessful. Due to the irregularities, it was hard to determine when I was ovulating. Tests revealed that I had PCOS. Linda was so helpful & educated me on PCOS. She was there for me at a time when I was feeling down and discouraged. Through the use of various herbal remedies and vitamins and minerals, my period started to become regular and I was ovulating. In January of 2015, my husband and I found out that I was 3 weeks pregnant. We were so overjoyed and thankful. When I told Linda, she was so happy and excited for us. She immediately altered my supplements so my baby was getting the right nutrients. We had a healthy baby girl in October of 2015. Linda helped me rebalance my body naturally. She is very dedicated to helping people and I would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone.

D Polizzi

Linda helped me to achieve a miracle – naturally …. I was heading down a dark path brought about by bad food choices and my body (hormones) was totally out of whack! In April of this year, a Doctor discovered a cyst on my ovary and also uncovered that I had a hormonal imbalance resulting in endometriosis + lack of ovulation. I chose to have the cyst surgically removed and during a post-surgery consult the Specialist advised that moving forward I would need to take hormonal medication to stimulate ovulation. This saddened me and disturbed me – I felt like my body had let me down and I was sceptical about the need to take synthetic drugs. I asked the Specialist if I should cut out alcohol, coffee, certain foods (meat, dairy, wheat, etc), – he said no, none of that has ever been proven to help!! Well, it was at that moment I walked out and chose to not go back instead I headed straight to Linda who calmly and with conviction advised that she would be able to assist me… naturally. And she did. By following a healthy and well-balanced diet and swapping alcohol for natural herbs, coffee for probiotics, and sugar, wheat, dairy, for natural supplements, my hormones rebalanced within a month resulting in a menstrual cycle decreasing from 35days to 29 followed by the best result is in June – pregnancy. Doesn’t get much better than that…. I HIGHLY recommend Linda to help rebalance our bodies naturally and put you back on the healthy path your belong…

Kristyn Park

When I was 24 I was diagnosed with Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) and told I might not be able to have children. I knew that I was ovulating about once a year at the very most. At the age of 34, my partner and I decided we would love to have children so I went to see Linda Cotone get some help with my fertility. However, I also had Irritable Bowel Syndrome with a tendency towards weight loss and weighed only 45 kilos after a recent trip to South America. Through the use of various herbal remedies and vitamins and minerals, Linda helped me gain 6 kilos in 3 months. Once I gained the weight Linda changed my herbal remedy and fertility program to help get me ovulating. I was very surprised that within 4 days of taking the herbal remedy I was ovulating. I was even more surprised when we conceived on our first try. We now have a beautiful, healthy baby boy (and I am still 51 kilos) thanks to Linda!

E LANE

I came to Linda at a time where I was feeling unhealthy, overweight and had been trying to conceive my second child for a year. I knew that I had a hormone imbalance but Linda also helped me to identify other issues with my health. By working on my health issues holistically I was able to see great results. I was always exhausted and generally feeling bad and stressed. I was one of those people that were eating ok (mostly healthy) and exercising moderately yet still wasn’t seeing results in my health at all. I went to Linda for help as I was struggling to find a way to improve my weight as well as fall pregnant. Over the following 14 weeks, Linda helped me with my weight loss (lost 15kg) all up as well as help me understand which foods to eat, how much, how often and what they do to my body. This understanding is what really helped me get through times when I did feel like giving up but it would only last a moment because I was seeing such wonderful results. My husband started the program also and that helped us both lose weight and support each other. I also starting to feel calmer and was able to handle stressful situations easier. I haven’t felt this energetic and healthy in years!

Lastly, 14 weeks later I did manage to conceive and now expecting baby number 2. Linda has also been a support for me through my pregnancy and all my test results keep showing how much my health has improved since my first pregnancy. And it shows, I feel much less nauseous and sick this time around. Although I’m right at the business end of the pregnancy, I know that when I do need to lose the excess weight gained during this time, I have the knowledge and the support to do it all again! Linda is my health practitioner that I see for all my health concerns and will continue to do so.

Elena

After a miscarriage and 10months of trying to get pregnant, my husband and I started worrying and thinking the only option for us would be IVF if we were to have a successful chance of getting pregnant. My last bid before looking into IVF was to try some natural therapy, which my husband was sceptical of at the time but I felt like it was something I needed to do.

I met with Linda and she listened to my needs and came up with a tailored detox plan specifically designed to help me reach optimum health and achieving my goal of getting pregnant. After a few weeks of detoxing I noticed a significant difference in the way I felt, my energy levels were up and I felt really healthy, I actually remember saying to my husband one morning ‘I can’t believe how good I feel, I feel like my insides are smiling!!’Within 6 weeks of my initial visit to Linda I was pregnant, I couldn’t believe it! She was one of the first people we told our good news to and she immediately altered my detox plan so the baby was getting the right nutrients needed in the 1st trimester. I now have 9 weeks to go and we can not wait to meet our beautiful healthy baby.
Thank you, Linda, you truly have given us the greatest gift of all.

Linda A

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