Many conventional ob/gyn treatments can suppress or thwart a woman’s reproductive function. Women with irregular or painful periods often are placed on oral contraceptives that artificially regulate menstrual bleeding. Couples suffering from infertility/subfertility are referred to reproductive technologies, such as IVF, that do not restore health, but instead substitute for natural conception.
How is our cooperative approach different?
Our cooperative approach aims to support and optimize the natural function of a woman’s body as much as possible—to cooperate with her reproductive cycle. We teach women how to recognize and work with their underlying biology, and we use this information to help diagnose and treat health problems, restoring normal function whenever possible. The patient becomes an important member of her own care team, and care is personalized just for her.
Conditions for which the cooperative approach may be helpful include:
- Irregular or painful periods
- Premenstrual syndrome
Our cooperative approach to care can appeal to diverse patient populations. It is an excellent option for women/couples who:
- hope to gain knowledge about the design and function of their bodies
- want both members of the couple to participate together in family planning
- seek a minimally-invasive approach to reproductive healthcare
- hold cultural, religious, or personal convictions about methods for avoiding pregnancy or for treating infertility/subfertility
- are looking for more affordable medical interventions
Is the cooperative approach for you?
Reply services include full-spectrum gynecologic care, obstetrical care featuring CenteringPregnancy™, personal health coaching, and a patient education program that features fertility awareness instruction, all delivered at a high level of clinical excellence. In many instances, our cooperative approach will not differ from conventional care. Where our cooperative approach differs from what would be offered conventionally, this will be discussed and mapped out for the patient.
An important area where we do differ from conventional care is for patients seeking to avoid pregnancy. Because we are committed to an approach that seeks to understand and optimize natural health and fertility, we do not include artificial contraception among our services. We cannot understand women’s individual cycles, and personalize their care, if we are using drugs or devices that suppress the cycle. Instead, we offer fertility awareness for patients seeking to avoid pregnancy.