Questions & Answers
Q. What Is the NFP 16-Week Fertility Coaching Program™?
Q. Why Is The Program 16 Weeks In Duration?
Q. Can it Help Our Fertility Problems?
‘Can the program help us address the conditions my partner and I have been diagnosed with? What type of infertility conditions can (and can’t) it help solve?’
Certain fertility conditions (and underlying causes) cannot be helped by this method. For example, if you’ve got severely blocked fallopian tubes, or if you are missing fallopian tubes, if you had an ectopic pregnancy or if you had a large cyst and you had to have your tubes removed, then you will not be able to get pregnant by using this method only.
Also, if there are certain congenital malformations to the reproductive organs and certain other genetic issues, the all natural approach would not be able to help you. For example, if a man is missing vas deferens, which means he cannot ejaculate semen because he’s missing the tubes through which semen has to pass.
In those scenarios, your best option may be IVF, and in those scenarios, it’s marvelous that we have IVF and other ART procedures. They are the scenarios where the program will not be able to help or can only be helpful in combination with IVF.
What the program can help with is: PCOS, Ovulatory Infertility, Hypothyroidism (clinical & subclinical), Age-related Poor Egg Quality, Advanced Age or Late Pregnancy Concerns (Late 30's - mid 40's), FSH-related Infertility, Poor Ovarian Function, Fibroids and Polyps, Endometriosis, LPD - Luteal Phase Defect, Sperm Deficiencies / Abnormalities / Low Sperm Count, Low Progesterone, Recurrent Miscarriages, Weight-related Infertility, Mild Scarring or Mildly Blocked Fallopian Tubes (when blocked with mucus rather than severe scar tissue), Antibodies or Immunity Problems.
The reason this approach can be so effective is because many forms of infertility are not just originating in the reproductive system tend to be systemic or metabolic, which means there are other underlying issues. For example endometriosis can have genetic as well as immune-related, as well as endocrine-related origins, and it’s linked to your reproductive system. This is why we often need to work on a particular problem on multiple levels.
If you have MTHFR gene polymorphism and are therefore miscarrying, we will show you ways to address this as well. Also, in cases of unexplained infertility, we can help you find the cause of unexplained fertility with the help of additional tests where necessary to find out the actual cause and then we can help you address it in a targeted way.
Low AMH can't be raised for the simple reason that you were born with a certain number of primordial cells, which are secreting AMH. So we can’t boost your AMH numbers, but we can work with a low AMH number to help you improve the quality of the eggs that you do have.
Q. Can You Show Me the Science?
When it comes to health, there is a lot of unsubstantiated (and simply false) information out there. So it's understandable that sometimes couples (or partner's) ask:
"What is the scientific evidence showing that fertility may be significantly improved by things like foods, nutrients, removal of toxins, herbs, sleep hygiene, and exercise, or mindset and lifestyle choices?"
... and the answer may surprise you.
In recent years, hundreds of research studies related to this topic have been published in respected, peer-reviewed medical journals.
And people are sometimes surprised to learn that many studies have demonstrated that certain substances, activities, foods, nutrients and herbs can have a powerful positive (fertility boosting)... or negative (fertility reducing) effect.
Once you become aware of the number of relevant studies in the medical literature, it's hard to understand why natural fertility and natural preconception care is still largely ignored by fertility clinics.
Perhaps it’s the patient demand for quick-fixes, a magic pill or procedure… perhaps it’s about profit or maybe it’s simply the drug/procedure focus of conventional medicine…
Whatever the reason, we believe couples have a right to be exposed to a quality source of information about alternatives.
Below is a selection of examples from the medical journals and if you go here you can read many more study reviews:
- Obstetrics & Gynecology discovered that consumption of this mineral in this particular form may decrease the risk of ovulatory infertility.
- Lancet, reported in a study that twice the level of sperm counts were observed among men who ate these particular foods when compared to the control group of men who didn’t eat these foods.
- A study published in Fertility and Sterility reported a 60% rate of pregnancies among infertile women with endometriosis after consuming this fertility boosting food.
- A double-blind trial published in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, found that taking a combination of vitamins and minerals increased female fertility.
- A study published in the Human Reproduction Update found that this mineral is crucial for optimal testosterone levels and sperm maturation.
- The Journal of Endocrinology reported that this herb increases sperm count and sperm motility in men. The same herb increases the number of follicles maturing each month in women. In a different study this herb was shown to increase progesterone and testosterone levels.
- The Journal of Medicinal Food found that when infertile men supplemented their diet with this vitamin their sperm count, sperm motility (ability to propel forward) and morphology (shape of the sperm) improved.
- The Journal of Phytomedicine published a study which reported that this herb normalizes luteal phase defect, improves progesterone secretion and improves overall fertility.
And this is just a small sample of the scientific studies that we draw upon in developing our Natural Fertility Coaching programs and protocols.
Q. How is This Program Different?
The program is designed to help you identify and solve the underlying causes of your fertility problems. Conventional fertility treatments typically involve only basic testing (sperm parameters, hormone levels) and the solution is always drugs and procedures. Fertility drugs and procedures try to go around the problem(s) that is causing infertility to force a conception on a body that is often not yet ready.
Only an in-depth natural approach that incorporates a comprehensive analysis and additional testing (where necessary) can effectively solve the major root causes of infertility. The program gives clients a personalized fertility plan that teaches them how to address the root cause(s) and prepare their body for a healthy conception.
The major difference between this program and other natural fertility information and advice is that it’s delivered by expert coaches who are hyperspecialized, it’s super convenient and easy to follow and the advice and coaching is personalized to each client’s needs.
This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We do the necessary detective work and analysis for each case.
Clients receive information tailored to their condition(s); individual test recommendations and interpretation (where necessary); tailored diet plan; personalized supplement prescriptions; email support and one-on-one phone consultations.
Moreover, this is an evidence-based natural approach. The information you'll receive is grounded in clinical experience and scientific research.
And it is much easier than trying to do it yourself or rely on ad-hoc information or one-off consultations. With infertility there are no “easy answers"… yet, we’ve made the NFP 16-Week Fertility Coaching Program as easy as possible to use, access and apply.
When you become a Fertility Coaching member, we start with a detailed case analysis and then we tailor the program to your individual needs and circumstances and guide you step-by-step and week-by-week showing you what to focus on to improve your fertility gradually and systematically.
The coaching program gives you a level of in-depth, personalised and step-by-step guidance that a one off consultation, ad-hoc treatment, book or downloadable program cannot provide.
Q. How Personalized Is It?
The coaching is tailored to each couple’s needs and circumstances through the analysis, consultations and the information you receive.
At the start of the coaching you will fill out an online case analysis questionnaire which looks at more than 150 different fertility and health parameters including your diet and lifestyle, exposure to toxicity, food intolerances and digestion, use of personal care products as well as your personal and family medical history.
During your consultations you’ll receive personalised guidance, support and feedback.
Over the course of the 16 weeks you will receive information via your online coaching portal which is specific to the condition(s) you and your partner are facing.
We’ll show you how to adapt the meal plans and diet to your individual needs, and if needed you’ll receive prescriptions for practitioner-grade supplements as well as additional test recommendations, analysis and interpretation. You can also have your questions about the program and what to do each week answered by email and through coaching portal.
Q. What Is the Success Rate?
What is the success rate of your program? What percentage of couples who follow the program have children?
Unfortunately, not everyone who follows our program is able to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. That is the sad truth of any fertility treatment. No one can guarantee you will have a child.
However, to date, the NFP fertility program has helped hundreds of previously infertile couples have children with new success stories being added all the time.
Every couple we work with has a different fertility case history, different health starting points, length of time they follow the program for, other treatments they combine it with and level of changes they are prepared to make.
The program is more effective for certain cases than for others and for certain types of infertility the success rate is significantly higher than through conventional fertility drugs and procedures. This is shown by the number of success stories from couples who had previously been through one or more failed cycles of IVF/ICSI/IUI.
Overall, our data suggests that when couples follow the NFP Program and allow a 4-6 month minimum timeframe, it is equally if not more effective than IVF (with less expense and better health outcomes for mother and baby).
Click here to read a more in-depth analysis of program success rates.
Q. Would I Need to Travel to You?
No. You can participate from any location in the world where you have internet access and a smartphone, tablet or computer. To date we've had clients from more than 70 countries. You don't need to travel or even leave your home. The program is delivered entirely online.
Coaching content is provided via a secure membership website with one-on-one coaching interactions by email and phone/skype. This makes it very convenient and discrete.
Q. How Will the Time Difference Work With Calls?
We are based in Switzerland and make times available during GMT+1 weekday office hours. This means that clients in US time zones have morning slots available to choose from while those in the Asia Pacific time zones have afternoon/evening slots available. All one-on-one consultations are done by phone or video so there is no travel or face-to-face required.
You book the consultations from the available times using a simple automated booking system as you need them making it flexible with regards to your timeline.
The rest of the coaching is self-paced with videos, audios, guides, checklists, recipe books meal plans etc which can all be accessed on any device and/or downloaded. Once you enroll, you'll receive a login to access the coaching members area and resources at any time of the day or night.
Q. Is the Program Hard to Follow?
Q. How Natural Is the Program?
The program is 100% natural. There are no drugs, pharmaceutical medications or procedures of any kind involved (unless you choose to combine the program with ARTs).
The diet and detox is all-natural and suitable for everyone and all nutritional supplements we may recommended are completely natural (vitamins, herbs, minerals etc). These high-potency nutrients are more like foods than drugs.
Apart from probably feeling better than you've felt in years, there are no drug-like side-effects. The only other possible 'side-effects' is that detoxing can occasionally cause minor symptoms that pass in a few days.
In addition some nutritional supplements can have drug/herb interactions if you are taking them concurrently. If you are prescribed supplements this will only happen after a consultation and analysis where we will check for any possible drug/herb interactions before prescribing you practitioner-grade supplements.
Q. What Will We Need to Do?
You simply need to be willing to invest some time each week for 16 weeks.
We will be recommending you and your partner make simple changes to your diet, lifestyle and nutrition. It’s suggested that at least one of you make time to review the information once a week.
While the fertility diet is delicious and most clients say they feel amazing, it’s normal that any dietary changes can involve some effort, willpower and sometimes some unusual feelings, particularly in the first 2 weeks while detoxing.
Depending on your case, we may recommend additional tests that go beyond the standard fertility clinic tests. Typically these are tests your doctor has not told you to do.
It depends on your case and condition as to whether additional tests may help to pinpoint underlying causes, and it is your decision whether you choose to have further tests done. We also help you by recommending testing options that can be done conveniently (some can be done from home).
In the supplement and herbs section and as part of the individual condition protocols, we may recommend certain supplements depending on your case and condition. Nutrients and herbs are an adjunct and not the basis for this approach, however we may recommend practitioner-grade supplements to you.
This should give you a clear picture of the effort involved. And because everyone has a different starting point in terms of fertility, health, knowledge, diet & lifestyle, the program may be slightly more challenging or easier for you than it is for others.
Sometimes a coaching client will have a reluctant partner and want to know if their partner needs to take part for the program to be effective. Since it takes two to make a baby we definitely recommend your partner takes part but it's not always necessary.
And whether it is or not depends on where the problem is. For example, if the husband won't participate but his sperm is ok then it won't be a problem if he is not 100% onboard.
It is not uncommon for our female clients to use our programs when their male partner did not want to participate. And many of these clients were successful with little or no participation from their male partner.
However we usually recommend in such cases that the partner be persuaded to at least take certain supplements as a safety net to cover their nutritional needs. And it is usually possible to persuade the uninvolved partner to swallow some supplements each day.
Q. How Do You Monitor Our Progress?
‘How do you monitor our progress and how do we measure the improvements and results during the program? What kind of measures will be in place to gauge whether the program is helping and will there be adjustments made if a certain protocol is not working?’
During the regular consultations we look at your latest test results if you’ve had any. We ask you a series of questions to gauge how you are going, we review your case and talk about any symptoms or observations you’ve had. We also look at your fertility charts to see how you are progressing. All the relevant information is recorded on your file and referred back to during the course of the program. Based on this information, we can recommend further tests, adjustments to your diet and supplements and other therapies to complement your treatment as necessary.
Q. How Long Does it Take?
If the program works for us. How long should we expect it to take?
If you get pregnant after using the program, you can expect it to take between 120 days and 6 months. Clients have been known to get pregnant within the first month or two (however it is not the norm) and in difficult or complex cases it has taken 12 months and even up to 2 years.
How long it can take depends on factors including: your fertility history and diagnoses. Your age and starting point in terms of overall health. And your motivation and consistency in using the information and guidance you receive.
In terms of other results you may experience. Because this is a holistic process designed to improve your fertility-related body systems, clients have also reported:
Improvements to: cycle (more regular, less spotting, fewer PMS symptoms, more fertile mucous); sperm parameters (motility, morphology, count); egg quality; digestive function; immunity; hormonal balance; thyroid function; appearance (skin, hair, weight); energy (mood, vitality, outlook); increased progesterone; lowered FSH; and heavy metal removal.
Q. What Does the Diet Involve?
‘What does the diet involve? Is it vegetarian/vegan or paleo? And what if we have special dietary needs such as kosher, halal, vegetarian/vegan or other considerations like food allergies, gluten-free or fasting? Will we get a blueprint of what to eat and when?’
The NFP Fertility Diet provide recipes and dietary recommendations specifically designed for fertility. In general terms they are based on fresh, whole-foods, organic where possible, nutrient dense foods and incorporate some meat. They are based around slow-carb, moderate protein, and healthy fats.
There are different dietary recommendations for different stages such as detox and for different conditions. If you're vegetarian or vegan we give you alternatives and guidance on substitutes. As part of the program you will get meal plans of what we recommend you eat and when, as well as shopping guides and a diet outline with recipes and preparation videos.
The diet is also suitable for gluten intolerance, food allergies, diabetes and celiac with minimal adjustments. If you're kosher or halal you already know where to buy your ingredients. However we don't recommend starting the program if you have a fasting period scheduled in the next four months.
Q. I Am Over 40, 43, 45 or Older. Can This Help Me?
We all know that age is a significant factor in fertility. However, not as early as most fertility clinics will tell you. When clinics turn women away because they are ‘too old’ at 41 or insist on an egg donor they are basing this on their statistics taken from IVF patients, not natural conception rates in healthy populations or on you as an individual.
It is not uncommon for women to conceive naturally up to 44/45 with the right preparation. Beyond that, it does get harder but natural pregnancies have been known to happen up to 50 and when combined with ARTs well beyond that.
In terms of the question, ‘is it too late’, the short answer is this: scientifically speaking, when you’re menopausal, that’s too old.
If you’re still ovulating regularly, then you can use this program to help you balance your fertility-related systems and optimize the quality of your eggs and your partner’s sperm to help you to significantly increase your chances to get pregnant.
The main issue with someone in their 40’s is not so much the actual number. It’s not like your fertility suddenly changes on your 40th birthday. Although if you go to a fertility clinic after you’ve gone over a certain age, they will treat you as if this happened.
An important thing to understand about age and fertility is that there is a difference between your chronological age and your biological age. Your chronological age is the number of times you’ve been around the sun whereas your biological age is how old your body really is.
Your biological age is what matters most for fertility and this is something you can change. There are some people in their 20s who have a much, much older biological age than their chronological age, and there’s some people in their 40s and 50s whose biological age is still in their 20s or 30s.
This depends on a number of factors. The one you're born with is your genetics, however we now know from epigenetics that even your gene expression can be influenced. Other factors such as your lifestyle, your diet, your nutrient sufficiency, your mindset and the environmental toxins you’re coming into contact with can influence your biological age, your fertility and your offspring for better or worse.
That's why we ask some other important, age-related fertility questions including: "How is your overall health?" "What toxin exposure do you have/have you had?" "What nutrient deficiencies is your fertility being affected by?" "How is your luteal phase?" "How is your progesterone level and other hormone levels?"
One of the main factors is that someone in their 20s has lived for a shorter period of time; therefore, if they have any nutrient deficiencies, toxicities, or genetic issues, which are impacting the body’s ability to absorb and assimilate certain nutrients, the negative effects have had less time to take a toll on their fertility.
If you are in your 40s, you have 20 years more exposure to certain environmental toxins than someone in their 20’s. You’ve probably drank coffee or alcohol at some point in your life. You’ve probably taken some pharmaceutical drugs. Perhaps you smoked or even took recreational drugs.
The point is that you’ve undoubtedly been exposed to certain toxins. You’ve come into contact with heavy metals from tap water. You’ve come into contact with chemicals in cleaning products, in your personal care products, your cosmetics and from many other modern sources.
And all of these accumulate in the body. Often in our organs and our fat. So, as you get older, you’re experiencing a cumulative effect of all of these factors. It’s these factors that can influence your fertility-related body systems, the quality of your eggs and your sperm and the hormonal balance in your body.
However these things are not unchangeable. They are fluid, they are factors we can influence because your body can detox and regenerate. It can eliminate toxins. We can address nutrient deficiencies with the right foods and nutrients and get your body back in the right state to balance its systems and hormones and to produce mature, healthy eggs and healthy sperm.
Strictly speaking, the follicles that you’re ovulating through your eggs are actually older than you because they formed when you were an embryo. However, they are in their primordial state. They are in that frozen state where they can become anything but they’re nothing yet, and they’re sitting dormant. They’re dormant for all this time, and every four months, five or six of those are recruited for maturation.
As long as you’re still ovulating, and as long as you still have a cycle, you can improve the quality of the eggs that you ovulate. Even if you have anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) tests done, even if it’s low, even if the fertility clinic told you your ovarian reserve is too low and that you should use donor eggs. If you’re still ovulating those eggs, there are things you can do to improve the quality of the eggs you mature.
AMH (anti-mullerian hormone) is really not telling us anything about your ability to get pregnant and to stay pregnant or to give birth to a child. AMH values are usually only used for the fertility clinics to see what level of stimulation drugs they should give you because if the AMH is very high, high levels of fertility drugs can predispose you to hyper stimulation, which can be quite dangerous.
Whereas if the AMH level is low your ovaries will probably not react too well and they can give you high levels of drugs, but even this does not guarantee anything. It’s just one of those values that they look for to determine their procedure. However, it causes a lot of distress, and I’ve seen many clients with low AMH values who are very upset because they believe literally that they only have one or two eggs left in their ovaries, and that’s not the case.
Remember that any woman at the time of menopause still has anywhere between 500 to 1,000 eggs, which will never develop!
I try to avoid generalizations about age and fertility because it is very individual. Someone may be 48 but they may still be ovulating and still have a good cycle. And while this is not typical, we regularly have clients in their early to mid forties conceive naturally and have healthy babies after following our program. If you are in your 40’s and trying to conceive, examples should encourage you.
Women over 40 may need to be more patient and sometimes need to give the process a bit more time. This is often a challenge because women in their 40s tend to feel more rushed and like they are running out of time. They are often told by the clinic (and by conventional wisdom) that they don’t have much time.
Your chronological age is a real factor in your fertility. However I hope this shows you that a healthy natural pregnancy in the early to mid 40’s is a realistic goal for most women with the right preparation.
Q. What If We Can't Source the Recommended Foods?
‘We live in a remote country or geographic location. What if we can't source all the recommended foods and products where we live?’
90% of the fertility diet ingredients we recommend are foods which are readily available in all countries and locations. The fertility super foods are available in most countries and if not can usually be purchased online and delivered to you. Most other substitute products we recommend can be obtained locally or purchased online as well.
If 5 or 10% of what we recommend is unobtainable it’s ok. You don’t need to be 100% perfect in terms of including every ingredient we mention in the recipes. The most important thing is that you are consistent. The results come from sticking to the program most of the time and for the recommended amount of time. For instance you may not be able to get organic but perhaps you can get fresh, farmer sourced/locally grown produce. That's also good.
Q. What If My Problem Is Holding Onto a Pregnancy?
‘What if my problem is holding onto a pregnancy? Can this help me avoid further miscarriages?’
Yes, healthy natural fertility is not just about getting pregnant. It is about preparing you and your partner's bodies for a healthy conception. It is about conceiving, holding onto your pregnancy, carrying the baby to term and giving birth to a healthy baby.
If you have suffered one or more miscarriages, then as part of the coaching program, you will receive information on what you can do to help prevent miscarriage.
You'll learn ways to pinpoint exactly why you've miscarried and what you can do to help you address the cause(s) and solve them.
For example some of the most common causes of miscarriage that can be addressed naturally are: the MTHFR gene polymorphism, poor egg quality, poor sperm quality, hormonal imbalances, toxicities, em radiation, abnormal immunity, poor thyroid function and nutrient deficiencies.
You’ll receive guidance and information focused on understanding and solving the underlying cause of your miscarriages, avoiding further pregnancy loss and what to do to get pregnant after miscarriage.
Q. Can it Be Combined With IVF?
Q. Can You Help Me Cope With the Emotional Side?
‘Can you help me cope with the emotional side of this stressful journey? How do we get to the point of letting go of the past and believe again in new possibilities?’
A lot of couples who struggle with infertility experience severe emotional distress. Many couples experience depression and a spiral of negative thinking brought about by infertility. Often, watching friends, sisters and workmates become mothers or hearing well-meaning comments like ‘so when are you two going to start having children’ can bring about a cycle of tears.
I know it can be hard to believe in new possibilities after many disappointments, especially when you’ve been told by people whose opinion you respect, that it’s not possible (or going to be very difficult) for you. If you’ve gone to a fertility clinic or perhaps several clinics. If your doctor told you, your egg quality is not optimal plus you miscarried or you could not get pregnant in the first place, and if it happened multiple times then you may simply not believe it’s possible.
However, I want to remind you that your past does not equal your future. Your body has a phenomenal healing capacity, but first you need to awaken it and that does take a certain amount of effort and preparation to create the right environment in your mind and body. And it may be that your body has never had the right environment for optimum fertility.
Addressing the emotional side and having strategies to make yourself feel better during the journey is important and this is part of what we mean ‘by looking at infertility from a whole person perspective.’ This means that your mind, your body and your emotions are all interlinked and all can have an impact on your fertility.
During the coaching program, you will learn practical tips, tools and strategies to help improve your emotional wellbeing and help you to process and cope with the emotional side of your fertility struggle.
We will help you believe in your body and mind that you can have a healthy conception, pregnancy, birth and baby. You will discover: ways to take some of the stress away; strategies to stay positive; and things you can do to feel better, alleviate anxiety and improve your mood.
If needed we can show you strategies to help you let go of the old patterns, old beliefs which may no longer be serving you just the way you will be letting go of old habits and foods which are not good for you. Once you go through this process, you will feel a positive shift.
Part of what we are teaching in this program is that there are lots of myths we are told about age and infertility and certain conditions and infertility that can make you feel defeated.
As you go through this process, you will begin to feel more empowered, and you will see that there are lots of areas where you can improve your fertility.
Once you start to see and feel results within your body, when you notice improvements in how you’re feeling, how you sleep, and so on. When you can measure improvements to your fertility based on the test results, your optimism is going to emerge again. You will start to believe more in your body, and see that your body can repair many forms of disease if it’s given sufficient time and the right building blocks.
Q. What If We Enrol and Then Change Our Mind?
‘How does the money-back guarantee and cancellation policy work if I’m not satisfied or if we change our minds?
Although the NFP Method™ has helped hundreds of couples become proud parents, we cannot guarantee you will definitely get pregnant even after following the program. No one can make that promise.
However we do guarantee that you will be satisfied with the coaching, support and material you receive (or your money back). Here’s how it works:
When you decide to enroll you have up to 30 days to use the program completely risk-free.
If within the first 30 days (or before your first coaching consultation, whichever comes first) you are not thrilled with what you have received so far, or you are dissatisfied for any reason, we'll happily refund your money.
Moreover, if at any stage during the 4 months you are unsatisfied, you are entitled to cancel your enrollment by simply emailing us with no further cost or obligation.
Q. Is There the Option to Extend After the 16 Weeks?
Yes. Some couples would like additional support and coaching beyond the 4 months. Either because they need more time to address their health and fertility issues, or because they are pregnant and would like pregnancy support.
Clients have the option to continue working with me after the 4 months are over if they wish. The follow-up coaching service is available to all clients at the end of the 16 weeks at a reduced rate for as long as you need it.
With follow-up coaching you get feedback on test results, regular phone consultations, supplement adjustments, ongoing analysis, information and guidance.
If you are a current (or former) coaching client and you would like to request follow-up coaching, you can email the support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.