MYF 41 | Functional Fertility Medicine: Getting The Answers You Deserve

Welcome to Episode 41!

In episode 41, we talk about what it looks like to take a functional approach to fertility and preconception care. We've talked before on the podcast about what to expect if you needed to seek out testing or treatment from a conventional fertility clinic, but this week, we want to tell you more about OUR approach to fertility and give you some options that you may not have considered before. Throughout the episode, we discuss what functional medicine is and how it’s different from conventional medicine, why you don’t actually have to choose between the two when it comes to your fertility, the intake process we use with clients and which lab tests we recommend getting before working with us, the 4 functional tests we use in our practice and when we recommend them, and how we combine all the information from your intake and labs to build a completely customized healing protocol just for you! We also talk about the two things we CAN’T do for you through Tiny Feet and share some others ways we can help you aside from becoming a one-on-one client.

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Resources we discuss in the episode

Podcast episodes on gut health and functional testing: #9, #10, #11, #33

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Show Notes:

5:15        What is functional medicine and how is it different from conventional medicine?

9:05        What it means to take a functional medicine approach to fertility

12:20     Why you don’t have to choose one fertility approach over another – you can have BOTH!

15:15     The functional medicine intake process

17:25     Basic blood testing that you can get with your current provider before starting work with us

  • Full thyroid panel (TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, TPO antibodies, TG antibodies)

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)

  • Ferritin

  • 25-OH Vitamin D

  • Red blood cell (RBC) folate

  • Methylmalonic acid (MMA)

  • Homocysteine

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)

  • Lipid panel

  • Fasting insulin

  • Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)

  • Day 3 of menstrual cycle: FSH, LH, Estradiol

  • 7 days after ovulation: Progesterone

  • Any point in cycle: AMH, DHEA-S, Testosterone, Prolactin

21:20     The functional lab tests that we use in our practice and how they help us build client protocols

                21:45     Stool testing

                24:35     Food sensitivity testing

25:45     Genetic SNP testing

27:15     Hormone testing

31:40     What our functional healing protocols include – diet, lifestyle, supplements, additional testing

36:45     The two things we’re not able to do for our online clients

39:00     How to get started working with us and other ways we can help you outside of one-on-one work

44:20     Wrap-up