Below is a list of useful downloads for use by clinicians in RRM practice. We are always looking and working to update and add to these resources, and encourage physicians to share any clinical tools they have found useful in practice. If you have any resources or tool that you have found useful in clinical practice you can suggest them my emailing Kathleen here, or share in our member’s forum area. Click on the links below to access the files: Complete Hormone Evaluation Letter Fertility Intake and History Form Day 3 of menstrual Cycle Labs Follicle Tracking Request Form […]
Is NaProTechnology (NPT) medicine or surgery? NPT incorporates both medical and surgical treatments. Medical treatments may include medications, natural (bio-identical) hormones, or vitamins, to normalize ovulation and reproductive function. Some problems require specialized surgery for restoration of reproductive function. Is NPT experimental? No. Most of the treatments used in NPT, 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 NPT is the use of these therapies with the patient’s charting of the clinical […]
The Marquette Method is a new method of Natural Family Planning (NFP) that was developed within the last 10 years. It employs the use of traditional signs of fertility (i.e. mucus) as well as modern signs of fertility (i.e. a handheld fertility monitor that measures hormones in the urine), in addition to an algorithm that helps identify the fertile window based on findings from the previous cycles. In addition to being taught in person, the Marquette Method has been validated for online learning.
Couples, Doctors and Teacher-Practitioners explain a new method of family planning using the Creighton Model FertilityCare System – by the FertilityCare Centres of Europe (FCCE)
Family planning is the ability to avoid or plan a pregnancy. Most non-RRM approaches allow you to only try and avoid pregnancy using artificial hormones or chemicals or by altering the physical function of the reproductive organs. Many of these methods dramatically alter the natural functioning of the body. This is not without consequences, some of which are outlined in the video below. Methods that use knowledge and biology to empower men and women to make informed decisions about whether or not to try and conceive are collectively known as Fertility Awareness Based Methods or FABM methods. Research has indicated […]
In standard reproductive health care, a woman with cycle irregularity or painful bleeding is often trialed on different oral contraceptive pills to ‘regulate’ her period and lessen the pain, despite limited evidence to support this approach . This approach is suppressive, in that it turns off the normal hormonal cycle and with that provides a ‘regular’ bleed that is chemically induced . It doesn’t address or correct the underlying issues such as abnormal ovulation or endometriosis. Those problems often return when the patient stops the pill or wants to try and become pregnant.
Tubal blockage, endometriosis, pelvic adhesions are a few issues that can lead to infertility and sometimes pelvic pain. Often the standard approach is to bypass these issues when ‘treating’ infertility with artificial reproductive technologies. A restorative approach seeks correct the underlying anatomical issue to give the couple the best chance of achieving pregnancy on their own. Therapies that are consistent with a restorative approach in the treatment of tubal or pelvic issues include: tubal canalization (opening of fallopian tubes) for tubal sludge or spasm , fimbrioplasty (or opening of ends of blocked tubes), tubal reversal (reconnecting tubes cut or coagulated for […]
It is estimated that 1 in every 10 women have endometriosis during their reproductive years and about 1 in 5 teenagers have the disease. There is a significant delay – between 7 to 12 years – in the diagnosis of endometriosis, from the time of onset of symptoms suggestive of endometriosis to the gold standard surgical diagnosis. The problem is that endometriosis not only causes pelvic pain but also negatively affects fertility, can progress over timeand often pain is the only herald of the disease. The restorative approach to this prevalent disease is not to mask the disease with hormonal […]
Infertility The difference between RRM and standard reproductive medicine is very clear in patients who struggle with infertility. For the couple, the investigation phase is often fairly straightforward or minimal, as per recommendations : semen analysis, a hystersalpingogram (HSG) to check tubes, and sometimes, tests to check thyroid function and ovulation (a day 21 or 23 progesterone test often done but recommendations acknowledge a week before menses is best). After completion of these preliminary investigations to rule out easily correctable issues, the patient younger than 35 is often offered ovulation induction medication for a limited number of cycles, followed by […]