NaPro aims to address the root cause of infertility or miscarriage so that couples can achieve a natural conception under medical treatment and supervision without the need to resort to methods like IVF, which can be costly and physically and emotionally demanding. It is also a personal approach, where one doctor is responsible for your treatment program. The role of the Fertilitycare practitioner in supporting and educating is also a unique feature.
How long does it take?
Each individual will have a different course of treatment with NaProDoctor. NaPro diagnostics and treatments aim to address the root cause of the infertility. Depending on the issue at hand, a diagnosis may be very straightforward. Infertility can also be caused not by one major condition, but an array of smaller issues. Therefore testing and tailoring treatment can take several months, as would be the case in any assisted reproduction treatment.
NaProDoctor then works with your fertility cycle to optimise a natural conception. Even with advanced diagnostics and directed treatment, natural conception will take its own course. Well timed intercourse can help this however.
It is worth noting also that subsequent pregnancies can be achieved much more quickly once a correct diagnosis and tailored treatment has been identified.
How much will it cost?
The average couple may spend between €1000 and €2,000 over the course of one year including tests, scans, consultations and treatments. Given that one round of IVF would cost approximately €4,000(excluding tests) this is a very cost-effective approach to assisted reproduction. Some specific tests, including those for advanced diagnosis of 'unexplained infertility' or recurrent miscarriage of unknown cause may be more expensive. It is important to address the root cause of infertility and to direct treatment so that your chances of achieving a natural pregnancy are maximised. All costs will be outlined to the couple before any of these tests are carried out.
What are the success rates?
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. NaPro is not an option in cases of established menopause, zero sperm count or persistent bilateral blocked fallopian tubes (despite attempted surgical reconstruction). There are also diminished success rates in cases of age-related infertility. Potential success rates can be discussed during the initial medical consultation and the couple can decide if they would like to commence further evaluation and treatment.
Napro has enjoyed successes in nearly every category of infertility (including unexplained infertility, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian disease, pelvic adhesions, low progesterone, hostile mucus, male or female antibodies, low sperm count, oligo-ovulation and anovulation).
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.
Many couples who have previously failed In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) have succeeded with NaPro treatment (obviously the chance of success is influenced by the underlying cause).
Do you have to chart your fertility cycle?
In cases where the diagnosis is clear-cut it may not be necessary to chart your fertility cycle. However, it is not uncommon for two or more issues to co-exist. In these situations t is important to get a clear picture in order to make an accurate diagnosis and to tailor treatment from the beginning. The more information that you bring to the process, the more comprehensive will be the evaluation. Charting provides a significant amount of unique information which can be easily missed otherwise, and it would be difficult to deliver a full Napro treatment program without the CrMS charting system.
Can you help male factor infertility?
Yes. Couples have had successful pregnancies with NaProDoctor where the primary diagnosis is a male factor abnormality. Men with very low sperm counts or anti-sperm antibodies can be treated. Often, improvements in semen quality can be made by healthy lifestyle changes. A number of medical and surgical treatments can also improve semen quality and sperm function. Even if the sperm function is not ideal, evaluating and maximizing the woman’s fertility cycle, together with ideal timing of intercourse will often result in pregnancy. The overall success rate for male factor infertility is around 40%.
Can NaPro help with PMS and other women's health issues?
Yes. Charting the fertility cycle (menstrual cycle), gives great insight into menstrual cycle disorders. Hormonal evaluation guided by the charting allows us to identify abnormalities in the menstrual cycle and correct them. This can improve or resolve the problem. Problems that can be helped with NaProTechnology include difficulty conceiving, miscarriage, ovarian cysts, premenstrual syndrome, postpartum depression, irregular cycles, pre-menopausal symptoms, irregular vaginal bleeding and family planning.
Is NaPro Technology experimental?
No. Most of the treatments used in NaPro Technology, both medical and surgical, have a long history of use in medicine. All of the medications used have been found to be safe and are on the market in virtually all countries. What is unique about NaPro is the use of these therapies in conjunction with the patient’s charting of the clinical signs of the fertility cycle. This provides a powerful framework for effective therapy.