Natural Fertility Matters

Natural family planning, infertility treatment & women’s health services

Infertility Services

Many of our client couples suffer from infertility. Some of our clients have tried for years and many have gone through a number of IVF cycles before coming onto our programme.

All our client couples who come onto our programme to address their infertility will first learn the Creighton Model FertilityCare system. They learn how to track their natural menstrual cycles and how to effectively use their fertility window for achieving pregnancy naturally.  We have seen some of these couples achieving pregnancy naturally by simply knowing their own fertility better.

“With the use of the Creighton Model FertilityCare system only, success rates between 20% and 40% can be expected within the first year of use.

This easily matches the best IVF success rate of 32.2% for ladies under 35*.”

* IVF Success Rates are listed at the end of this page.

However many others will require medical support, including both surgical and non-surgical methods, to restore and improve their natural fertility. The medical conditions that our infertility couples suffer from include unexplained infertility, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian disease, recurring miscarriages and male infertility.

While these conditions affect either the woman or the man, we focus on the combined fertility of the couple. The Creighton Model offers a medical programme, NaproTECHNOLOGY or NaPro, which aims to treat the underlying medical conditions that may adversely affect the couples’ natural fertility and improve their natural fertility.

“Considering all patient ages and diagnoses, the overall probability of having a successful pregnancy with NaPro is approximately 50%”

The success rate can be up to 80%^ depending on multiple factors including the precise diagnosis, severity of the underlying cause, history of previous fertility treatment and female age.

Read our 9 Facts About NaPro For Infertility here.

NaPro is not an option in cases of established menopause, zero sperm count or persistent bilateral blocked fallopian tubes (despite attempted surgical reconstruction). A couple will be told what their chances of success are during the initial medical consultation and it is up to them to decide if they would like to commence further evaluation and treatment.

Although there is real hope with NaPro, not all couples will conceive. All couples undergoing NaPro evaluation obtain a greater understanding of what is happening with their bodies and how they can maximize their chances of healthy pregnancy^^.

^ See also figures on http://www.naprotechnology.com/infertility.htm
^^ Details regarding NaPro come from our Irish clinic http://naprofertility.ie/faq/

More information on our medical programme in the UK and Ireland are available at the following websites:
http://lifefertilitycare.co.uk/
http://naprofertility.ie/


Napro & Male Factor

In our experience the male factor can be greatly improved with vitamins/supplements and lifestyle changes, i.e. without medicine.

Even if the sperm function is not ideal, the couple can raise their chances of pregnancy greatly by accurately identifying their fertility window with FertilityCare, and using that time effectively with frequent intercourses.  Some of our couples have spoken about their experiences here.

Nevertheless some couples will require medical support – i.e. drugs and/or surgical treatments.

The overall success rate for male factor infertility is around 40%. A brochure is available here.

Further information can also be found on here.


Extracted from an original research titled “Outcomes from Treatment of Infertility With Natural Procreative Technology in an Irish General Practice” by Stanford, Parnell and Boyle 2008

Common Diagnoses of Couples Receiving Treatment Before and After Evaluation with Natural Procreative Technology*

Diagnostic Category Before NPT Evaluation (n[%]) After NPT Evaluation (n[%])
Unexplained infertility 506 (47.2) 5 (0.5)
Unexplained Recurrent Miscarriage 124 (11.6) 2 (0.2)
Anovulation 31 (2.9) 36 (3.4)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 68 (6.3) 110 (10.3)
Endometriosis 209 (19.5) 208 (24.6)
Male Factor 115 (10.7) 146 (13.6)
Limited Cervical Mucus 12 (1.1) 276 (25.7)
Suboptimal Luteal Progesterone 99 (9.2) 923 (86.1)
Suboptimal Luteal Estrogen 2 (0.2) 676 (63.1)
*This table is based on the 1072 couples that initiated evaluation. Diagnostic categories sum to more than 100% because couples could have more than one diagnosis (other than unexplained).

 

Live Births per 100 Couples at 24 months of Natural Procreative Technology Treatment by Characteristics of Couples Beginning Treatment

Couple Category Couples (n) Live Births(n) Crude Proportion Adjusted Proportion**
All Couples 1072 273 25.5 52.8
Woman's Age
≤30 86 29 33.7 59.1
30-35 412 134 32.5 58.6
35-40 423 89 21.0 46.1
40 151 21 13.9 50.9
Time Spent Attempting To Conceive (years)
1-3 246 90 36.6 66.0
3-6 468 129 27.6 55.4
6-9 210 39 18.6 44.9
9+ 118 14 11.9 42.8
Previous Live Birth
Yes 257 92 35.8 73.9
No 785 181 23.1 48.5
Previous ART Attempts (n)†
0 702 216 30.8 61.5
1 128 29 22.7 41.9
2 125 18 14.4 34.9
≥3 97 10 10.3 19.8
** Adjusted by life-table analysis, where withdrawal or continuing treatment at the end of study follow-up are censoring events. Adjusted proportions should be interpreted with caution because of small numbers in subgroups.
†Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART includes in vitro fertilisation (IVF) with or without intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

 

^ Chance Of An IVF Baby

Age Success Rate
≤35 32.2%
35-37 27.7%
38-39 20.8%
40-42 13.6%
43-44 5%
45+ 1.9%
Source: HFEA
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24652639 | http://www.hfea.gov.uk/ivf-success-rate.html