Why don’t you offer or recommend herbal supplements?
We only offer natural therapies that have high quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. To date, there are no herbal supplements that have been proven effective at increasing the chance for pregnancy. Many have been found to be dangerous, interact with prescription medications and contain harmful contaminants.
I want to have natural fertility treatment. How do I start?
Register as a new patient and schedule an initial consultation. When filling out your medical history, indicate “Natural Fertility Treatment” as your “Reason for Visit”
I have never had testing for fertility before, can I have it done with Dr. Morris?
Yes. Dr. Morris is Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He has been specializing in infertility testing and treatment for nearly 30 years. Your first step is to schedule an initial consultation. This can be done in our offices or by phone or video. After review of your medical history (and that of your partner), Dr. Morris will recommend the testing that you require. Once the testing is completed, you will meet again to review the results and formulate a treatment plan.
Can anybody have natural fertility treatment?
Our natural fertility therapy is not for everybody. The most appropriate candidates are couples with unexplained infertility or mild endometriosis. That is, both male and female have had testing and no obvious cause could be found.
What is unexplained infertility?
Unexplained infertility is a term used to describe those couples who have not been able to become pregnant after 1 year of trying but whose testing has not identified a specific problem.
What testing do I need to determine if I have unexplained infertility?
The female partner should have documentation of ovulation, assessment of her thyroid function and ovarian reserve. In addition, she should have a comprehensive gynecologic ultrasound and a hysterosalpingogram that shows a normal uterus and fallopian tubes. The male partner should have a normal semen analysis and Cap-Score.
What exactly is involved with this treatment?
We are going to flush a natural oil, made from poppy seeds through the uterus and fallopian tubes.
Is uterine flushing an uncomfortable treatment?
Some women do notice some cramping. We will encourage you to take some medication before you arrive at the Center to help reduce cramps. You can also take medication afterward if you still have cramps.
Some women ask to have the procedure done under light sedation. In this case, there are a few extra instructions before the procedure and you will need to have someone who can drive you home afterward.
How long does the treatment take?
The procedure takes 10 to 15 minutes. There is some time needed for checking in and observing you afterward. Its best to leave about 90 minutes for the entire time you will be at the Naperville Fertility Center.
Will this treatment increase the risk for multiple pregnancy?
No. After the treatment is administered, you and your partner will attempt pregnancy the same way you always have, by having well timed intercourse around the time of ovulation. Your chance for a multiple pregnancy will not be any higher or lower than it would be without treatment.
I am allergic to iodine. Am I still a candidate for this treatment?
Women with known allergies to iodine or seafood (which has a high iodine content) should not have this treatment.
I am being treated for an underactive thyroid, Am I still a candidate for this treatment?
Yes. This treatment can cause mild changes in your thyroid function. This might require adjustment of the dose of thyroid medication in the months after the procedure. Dr. Morris will need to review your medical history and discuss the pros and cons of this treatment with you.
How long should I try to conceive after my natural fertility treatment is completed?
It is thought that much of the benefit of treatment will occur in the first 6 months. In the Australian FLUSH study, about 1 in 3 women with unexplained infertility conceived in the first 6 months. About half of the women with mild endometriosis conceived in that time. If you have not conceived by then, you should consult again with Dr. Morris.
In the past, when I have had gyne procedures, they have been very uncomfortable for me. Can I have this treatment with anesthesia?
Yes. The Naperville Fertility Center is a fully licensed ambulatory surgery center. We can provide IV sedation or even general anesthesia if you desire. This will not be necessary for mist women. However, if PAP smears, transvaginal ultrasounds or HSGs (hysterosalpingograms) are painful for you, then you might want to consider our procedure under anesthesia. Be sure to discuss this with Dr. Morris.