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A doctor's opinion on NaPro technology for infertility?

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#1 GreyhoundLover

Posted 13 September 2016 - 08:57 PM

A bit of background... a friend of mine is trying to conceive her first child and unfortunately has had no success after over 2 years of trying.

She told me her doctor was going to treat her with this new "NaPro technology" as an alternative to having IVF (she is a Catholic and so I don't think she agrees with IVF).

I had no idea what NaPro was, at first I just assumed it was some amazing new fertility technique but after some reading I realised it is heavily influenced by religious teachings and it basically just looks like it is a combination of awareness of fertility signs in women and recognised traditional fertility medicine (ie treatments of PCOS, endometriosis etc) that a fertility doctor would attempt before giving up and recommending IVF..
So in other words NOT an alternative to IVF and not as likely to result in pregnancy??

I was just after some feedback from people who have either tried it or who are in the medical field as to whether it can be considered a viable alternative to IVF or whether my friend is wasting her precious time avoiding IVF :(

Of course at the end of the day it is her decision but I was just curious as to whether the statistics presented by the institutions that recommend NaPro are as positive as they are claiming...

#2 Seven of Nine

Posted 13 September 2016 - 09:04 PM

I too have a friend using a NaPro doctor and the treatments she receives seem about the same as any doctor would use. Cycle tracking, clomid, sperm count etc.. Progesterone seems to be big too.

I wouldn't call it an alternative to IVF, and I don't really understand why you wouldn't just see a normal doctor closer to home.

#3 Caribou

Posted 13 September 2016 - 09:06 PM

Is she not trying ovulation tracking and ovulation induction? They're fairly conservative as you can get. I'm not sure about the NaPro thing!

Edited by ~Mintie~, 13 September 2016 - 09:11 PM.
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#4 GreyhoundLover

Posted 13 September 2016 - 09:12 PM

View PostMadnesscraves, on 13 September 2016 - 09:06 PM, said:

Is she not trying ovulation tracking and ovulation induction? They're fairly conservative as you can get. I'm not sure about the NaPro thing!

I think she is trying ovulation tracking and they are trying to medically treat PCOS...

By the way madness I was SO stoked to see you were expecting again :) Congratulations!!!! I remember you from when I was on the TTC boards and you were always so lovely and I'm just so happy for you x

Seven of nine - that's exactly what I thought... it just seems wrong to tell women that it's a 'natural alternative to IVF' because that seems to imply that you are are likely to get a baby at the end of it.

#5 Seven of Nine

Posted 13 September 2016 - 09:19 PM

I think there is a feeling that OBs aren't thorough enough and that a NaPro doctor will look into more avenues because they can't go down the IVF or ICSI route. I don't agree.

It's an alternative to IVF in that not doing IVF is an alternative to IVF, I guess??

Edited by Seven of Nine, 13 September 2016 - 09:52 PM.

#6 Sara.xoxo

Posted 13 September 2016 - 09:45 PM

I don't know about Na pro but I think catholics have the option to do  GIFT instead of IVF?

Edited by Sara.xoxo, 13 September 2016 - 09:46 PM.

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