Several years ago, Lord Robert Winston, Head of Fertility at Hammersmith
Hospital, London, shocked an audience of doctors and medical personnel at the
British Association Festival of Science by saying that in vitro fertilization
patients were being used as guinea pigs in fertility experiments. When asked
whether IVF patients were being experimented on, he replied: "That's
exactly what I am saying." Lord Winston continues to maintain this
It is well documented that patients opting
for in vitro fertilization must, of necessity, surrender their bodies to an officious
medical process that shuts down one of the key “command” sites in the human
body, the pituitary gland, and abrogates for itself the natural process of
Infertility is on the rise in many Western nations and the pain and frustration that comes with it is truly lamentable. In Canada, infertility affects some 600,000 individuals and the inadequacies of the current treatments are glaring, both ethically and medically. Many couples have gone through the painful experience of multiple IVF cycles at exorbitant financial costs and still do not know what is causing their inability to conceive or maintain a pregnancy.
Now, however, there are natural procedures that have had greater success in helping couples achieve pregnancy while addressing the underlying causes of their infertility, allowing these couples to have an entire family through natural means.
NaPro Technology® and the Creighton Model
FertilityCare™ System are natural procreation technologies that have their
origins in the work of Drs. John and Lyn Billings, the Australian physicians
who created the Billings Ovulation Method over 50 years ago. Researchers
have worked at St. Louis University and Creighton University Schools of
Medicine and most recently at the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human
Reproduction (Omaha, Nebraska) to create a standardized modification of Billings
Ovulation Method, now known as the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System
NaPro Technology® is a system of medical science based on the CrMS. It devotes medical and surgical resources to cooperate with the human reproductive system. For example, in an operation to remove ovarian cysts, surgeons will work within the natural cycle revealed by the woman’s own charting and use surgical methods that are least likely to affect the surrounding tissue and organs.
The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS) allows a woman to chart her menstrual cycle using biological markers that reflect the various hormonal events, thus unravelling for her the "mysteries” of her menstrual cycle. The charting provides both the woman and her physician vital information regarding her natural fertility, and can be used by single or married women alike.
Such problems as infertility, repetitive miscarriage, recurrent ovarian cysts, endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome, hormonal abnormalities, the causes of abnormal bleeding and correctly dating the time of conception can all be determined from these records. Once the charting has documented the occurrence of these symptoms, it can also be used to accurately time treatments such as post-ovulatory progesterone supplementation. Rather than the standard treatment for many of these gynecologic conditions - oral contraceptives, or in some cases, Depo-Provera - progesterone replacement therapy will correct the body’s imbalances without the side effects of hormonal contraceptives. Most importantly, this treatment will preserve and/or restore the normal menstrual cycle including fertility.
How accurate are these methods? Tests timed to the appropriate parts of the cycle with high accuracy will frequently result in the couple achieving pregnancy. Of couples referred to the Fertility Care center at Omaha with infertility for an average of 3 years, 20-40% achieved pregnancy within six months. Used in conjunction with other natural fertility treatments, the success rate is 80%. And used to avoid pregnancy, the method-related pregnancy rate was less than 1%. Accounting for user error, the pregnancy rate was less than 5%.*
At Fertility Care conferences around the world practitioners gather to compare notes on the remarkable successes of these natural technologies. Dr. Phil Boyle has dedicated his practice in Ireland to the Creighton Model FertilityCare System. Couples who had run the course of IVF technologies were pregnant in less than 12 months under his care.
What do these natural methods promise? They
have the potential to bring about a profound understanding and reverence for
the natural and God-given miracle of human fertility. Once couples
comprehend the intricacies of the reproductive system, the very ideas of
artificial contraception and abortion become unthinkable.
Natural procreative technologies maintain the integrity of the human person by revealing the unique cyclical patterns that exist in “this particular” woman. They respect the dignity of the woman while approaching gynecologic health problems in a way that is completely morally and ethically acceptable.
More information is available on-line through the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals at www.aafcp.org.