Reproductive Medicine has evolved in two very divergent streams in the last several decades. Most people are aware of the standard version, which limits many diagnostic testing procedures as they don’t change the treatment approach, which is frequently not diagnosis specific. The treatments do not aim to correct or restore underlying function but use medications or surgical approaches that suppress, circumvent (bypass) or destroy normal reproductive function.
Restorative Reproductive Medicine (RRM) uses approaches that only restore or optimize reproductive function. It is a standard medical model, meaning you have to diagnose and understand the problem (pathophysiology) before you can treat it. The tests, medications and surgeries used in RRM are similar to standard reproductive medicine except they are used in such a way as to normalize and restore function, or optimize if restoration is not possible. To know what is normal and what is not, most women with cycles are taught scientific based charting systems that empower them with knowledge and the ability to see if the treatment is helping based on changes they can measure. They become a true partner with their provider who relies on the patient to accurately relay and record information on their experience and what their body is doing.