HOMEOPATHY DURING IVF
When homeopathy is mentioned, the debate is guaranteed. For some people, it is the best treatment option, suitable during in vitro fertilization and pregnancy. For others, it is nothing but a well-advertised placebo. Whose side you’re on, is up to you.
WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY
Homeopathy is a method of alternative medicine, created more than 200 years ago by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. It is based on the principle «similar treats similar». This means that when a healthy person takes a certain substance, he can get negative symptoms. A sick person suffering from the same symptoms, however, can be cured with a homeopathic medicine prepared from this substance.
Homeopathic medicines are of plant, mineral or animal origin. They are produced by repeated dilution of a substance. Homeopaths support the theory of water memory. This is also the reason homeopathic remedies do not actually contain an active ingredient or it has a very low concentration. According to homeopaths, this renders them absolutely harmless and suitable for many people, including pregnant women and young children.
If you are a supporter of alternative medicine and its methods, we won’t judge you. Many people prefer not to talk about this matter out of concern about how they will be accepted. This is not the most important thing when it comes to your health. Hiding such information from your doctor may only hinder your treatment.
COMPATIBILITY WITH IVF
During an in vitro cycle anything you take can have an impact. This includes dietary supplements, traditional and alternative medications. Your gynecologist will determine how those might affect ovarian hyperstimulation. If anything you use can have a negative impact on it, you’ll probably have to stop or change it.
Although harmless, homeopathic remedies are still medications. Therefore, self-treatment with them is a bad idea. If you wish to take such medications during an IVF cycle, always consult with a homeopath and with your treating physician, of course.