Conception involves both male and female partners equally
Healthy ova and sperm take around 120 days to develop; it is ideal if we may start your preconception care plan a minimum of four months prior to trying to conceive.
A preconception care plan may address your dietary requirements, lifestyle and nutritional supplementation needs.
By ensuring both you and your partner are at optimum health prior to conception, producing healthy sperm and ovum we aim to give your child the best possible start to life!
Testing May Provide Answers – Testing for Men:
We are able to test for comprehensive sperm health markers, including the morphological breakdown of any sperm head, sperm mid-piece and sperm tail-piece defects present allowing us to specifically and individually nutritionally target specific sperm health defects and aim to increase healthy sperm counts.
Antioxidants are highly important at this time for men, as oxidative stress may damage sperm DNA, increase sperm defects and is understood to increase the risk of miscarriage.
An equally important nutritional component for male partners is omega 3 fatty acids, particularly Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), understood to be important for sperm production, morphology and function including the formation of healthy sperm heads.
Testing May Provide Answers – Testing for Women:
For our mothers-to-be, we focus on testing for and increasing nutrient status including iron, zinc, folate, iodine, vitamins, minerals and selenium as well as healthy progesterone levels in the aim to provide every opportunity for optimal oocyte quality, healthy implantation and a safe and enjoyable pregnancy.
Testing allows us to understand your individual biochemistry requirements; whether this is low thyroid hormones, PCOS-tendencies such as androgen and insulin excess, hormone imbalance of oestrogen excess or progesterone deficiency; or nutritional deficiencies such as low vitamin D, folate, iodine or zinc.
As well as specific individualised nutrient, mineral and hormone support, we prescribe the same DHA for women as it is one of the major building structures of the brain and central nervous system, and is understood to directly assist the development of the brain and nervous system of your growing baby.