Advances in fertility and reproduction are at the forefront of medicine. It is now clear that mental health plays a major role in a healthy reproductive system and improved fertility successes. This is supported by groundbreaking research linking stress reduction during periods of infertility to improved egg, sperm and uterine environment quality, reversal of biological ovarian age, higher success rates during in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures, and the growth and development of healthy babies.
While fertility success may be the goal, understanding how to address stress and mental health issues from a biological medicine perspective in relation to fertility goes much deeper. Intense stressors during fertility issues and treatment can be experienced, leading to anger, depression, anxiety, diminished self-esteem, difficult communication, marital problems, loss of intimacy, sexual dysfunction, and social isolation. Join Dr. Kali MacIsaac to learn about the psychological impact of infertility and why stress, depression and anxiety are a common consequence. Drawing on her clinical experience, she will explain how discuss and address the mental and emotional aspect with couples experiencing fertility issues. She will outline effective strategies to change the perception and reduce the physiological response to stress, successfully address anxiety and depression, and improved fertility outcomes.
Practical discussion for:
- How to screen for stress factors associated with infertility
- Stress reduction techniques specifically designed for infertility patients
- Successful protocols for anxiety and depression
- Build a healthy terrain for enhanced fertility
- Why acid-base balance in important for all patient health
- Fertility Diet
Speaker Bio - Dr. Kali MacIsaac, ND
Dr. Kali MacIsaac, ND graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and holds an honours bachelor of Biomedical Science from the University of Waterloo. She is an active member of the BC Naturopathic Association (BCNA), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP). She has an incredible passion for offering practical natural solutions for her patients’ health care needs. She is willing to challenge the idea that health equals the absence of disease, and pushes boundaries of what is possible to help patients achieve their highest potential.
Dr. MacIsaac works as a general practitioner, with a special interest in management of hormonal imbalance, reproduction and fertility, and digestive disorders. She has completed specialized training in areas including European Biological Medicine, Acupuncture, Vitamin IV Therapy, and Darkfield Analysis. She is an actively involved in educating her patients and the public about health and naturopathic medicine through speaking engagements and media appearances. She is a regular contributor to the online content of acubalance.ca, focusmedical.ca, and modernmama.com.