IVF Support

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is extraordinary and one of the most exciting areas of medical research today. ART has given hope to many otherwise childless people.

ART includes:

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) when the egg and sperm are put together in a test tube to fertilise prior to transplantation into the uterus
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) when the sperm is micro-injected into the egg, usually used where there are sperm issues or impenetrable eggs
Gamete and Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT and ZIFT) when the gamete (egg and sperm) or zygote (initial cell at the first stage of fertilisation) is introduced into the fallopian tube.

ART is necessary for couples where there is:

Unresolved blockage of the fallopian tubes
Untreatable very low sperm parameters
Impenetrable eggs
A need for donor eggs/sperm
Fertility problems not responsive to natural therapy


Naturopathy is used in conjunction with medical treatment to optimise treatment outcomes. Support is undertaken with a view to improving overall health, increasing the possibility of success and decreasing the health risks involved.

What can be done before a cycle?

Naturopathic preparation has shown to benefit outcomes for IVF/ICSI cycles.

A wholistic approach that combines attention to nutritional, environmental and genetic factors can bring to light otherwise unresolved and underlying issues.

Naturopathic aims include:
Improved egg/sperm quality
General health and lifestyle benefits such as weight loss, smoking and alcohol cessation
Improved stress management for hormonal balance
Detoxification from environmental toxins

Naturopathic aims during a cycle

Improved ovarian response to increase egg numbers
Enhanced liver detoxification for better recovery post treatment
Better liver function to decrease the risk of hyperstimulation

Naturopathic aims post embryo transfer

Improved stress management to boost capacity to carry
Hormone production and balance support
Embryonic growth and development support
Uterine support for optimal implantation
Immune system modulation
Reduced risk of miscarriage if implantation occurs


To book a naturopathic consultation with Larissa please contact Better Health Clinics on (02) 9389 3689. Alternatively email Larissa at larissa@betterhealthclinics.com.au