Restorative Reproductive Medicine
Restorative reproductive medicine (RRM) represents a renewed approach to women’s health disorders that is healing in character and diagnostic in methodology. It is an application of the best in medical and surgical care toward identifying the underlying medical disorder and righting that problem so that the symptoms resolve and the woman's reproductive system functions normally.
When applied to infertility, RRM enables the physician to identify the underlying cause or causes of the couple’s infertility in 99% of the cases. This approach is able to help the couples achieve a pregnancy in greater than 50% of cases, sometimes as high as 80% for certain causes. Contrasted with artificial reproductive technologies such as intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm infiltration (ICSI), RRM techniques are more effective and associated with much fewer:
- Premature births
- Birth defects
- Maternal complications
- Twin and multiple pregnancies
- Pregnancy complications
Moreover, patients feel better and are healthier into the future. After achieving their first pregnancy, many, if not most, of these women are able to achieve second and third pregnancies with little or no intervention, because the underlying problem has been identified and rectified.
Commonly found causes of infertility are:
Ovarian dysfunction: This means that the ovaries are producing lower amounts of their hormones and ineffective eggs.
Endometriosis: Cells from the lining of the womb are now mistakenly occurring in the pelvis outside of the womb, causing the immune system to attack these cells and those inside the womb. This can cause pain, scarring and difficulty achieving a pregnancy.
Polycystic ovarian disease: Numerous small cysts are present on the ovary, which impair its function and cause too many testosterone-like hormones to be produced.
Low sperm production: This is now fairly easily countered by helping the woman’s body to function at peak performance and by nutritional, medicinal and lifestyle changes for her husband. We are still less likely to be successful, however, if the sperm count is zero, but this is a rare occurrence.
Damaged fallopian tubes: This may be the result of previous infection or of endometriosis. Several new studies reveal that this is much more successfully treated by RRM than IVF, and it is much less expensive and safer for the baby to do so.
There are several other causes not mentioned here, and there is commonly more than one cause within a specific couple.
Those couples whom we cannot help to achieve a pregnancy are often grateful to know the underlying cause; we can often help the woman to feel better and be healthier into the future, and we can guide the couple to adoption services.
RRM is about more than just infertility! We very successfully treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and post-partum depression. These are likely the result of inadequate production of progesterone or may result from progesterone withdrawal. Restoring normal amounts of progesterone production from the ovary and addressing underlying causes of fatigue and low endorphin production will rectify these debilitating conditions in more than 94% of these women.
We do this while listening carefully to the woman and the couple and while respecting the sanctity of marriage, respecting their future fertility and helping to restore health. Regarding infertility, we are helping couples to achieve pregnancy through their loving embrace.
NaProTECHNOLOGY™, developed by Dr. Thomas Hilgers 30 years ago, is the first comprehensive model of RRM, and Dr. Carpentier was one of the first physicians whom Dr. Hilgers trained. Dr. Hilgers now trains about 40 physicians per year and is traveling abroad to train physicians in Poland, Mexico and elsewhere. The International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine is striving to add to and complement his work. Dr. Carpentier is one of the directors of this institution.