Infertility

Dr Mollie Hunton describes four cases where homeopathy has helped to produce a much-wanted baby

Problems with fertility seem to be becoming more common. Inability to  become pregnant, recurrent miscarriage and babies born very prematurely  all occur frequently nowadays. The vets report similar problems with  sheep and cows and soil analysis of the ground that they graze shows  severe deficiency or absence of vital minerals and trace elements like  selenium, iodine and zinc. If crops are grown in similar situations it  is likely that humans may be suffering from the same deficiencies. If so  it would also account for the vast increase in cancer and heart  problems, as selenium is an antioxidant. However, whatever the cause,  homeopathy seems to be able to help women conceive and have healthy  babies. For me it is a very rewarding part of my practice.

Sara's story 

At 38 Sara had been seeing an infertility specialist for seven  years. She was told that there was no obvious reason why she could not  become pregnant. All her tests were normal and she was offered IVF. She  decided to try homeopathy before embarking on that route. When I took  her history I could not find any symptoms on which to base my  prescription. She had not had any previous illnesses and was well in  herself.

I asked about her family history. Her mother was well, but she did  not remember her father. “What had happened to him?” I asked. “He died  just before I was born.” “What did he die of?” TB. There was my only  clue. I prescribed Tub bov 10M, three tablets in one day, and two months  later she missed her period. Sara had a normal pregnancy and birth and  subsequently had two more children without the need for any more  remedies. This was a situation where the patient herself had no illness,  but suffered from a problem passed on to her by her father which  stopped her becoming pregnant. As her father had TB at the time she was  conceived the remedy was Tuberculinum bovinum

Kate's story

I first met this 37 year-old woman in general practice one evening  as an emergency. She had had a miscarriage and had not stopped bleeding  for seven weeks. A scan had shown that there were no remnants of the  pregnancy left behind, but there may have been a fibroid developing. Not  good news for a future pregnancy. I gave her some Sepia 30 and she  stopped bleeding overnight.

Kate had a dreadful history. She had taken the pill for ten years,  then stopped to try to become pregnant. In 1994 she had severe abdominal  pain and was admitted to hospital, where an ovarian cyst was diagnosed  after a scan. She had immediate surgery. A nurse told her she didn’t  think she would be able to have children and this thought had stayed  with her ever since and affected her deeply.

In 1998 Kate became pregnant for the first time. However she lost  that baby at 14 weeks. She felt her world had fallen apart and she  became panicky and constantly anxious. She was put on beta-blockers for a  while by her GP, but these did not seem to help much. The following  year she had a successful delivery but did not recover her usual happy  mood and constantly lived in fear of something happening, either to the  baby or the rest of the family.

When the baby was a year old she felt she would like another. She  became pregnant again, but had a miscarriage at eight weeks, after which  I first encountered her in the surgery. I followed the Sepia with a  prescription for Ignatia 30c, which she found very helpful.

After this experience Kate developed severe anticipatory anxiety with  a lot of physical symptoms. They were palpitations, feeling unable to  take a deep breath (hyper­ventilation) which meant she sighed a lot,  nausea and retching in the mornings, a feeling of blockage behind the  sternum, panic attacks, fear of losing control, fear of dying, constant  morbid thoughts, headaches, fear of a heart attack and fear of a brain  tumour. She suffered frequent minor ailments like throat and ear  infections and catarrh.

Kate appeared calm on the outside, but hid her real feelings from  everyone. She could laugh, but never felt happy. She needed the windows  open for fresh air. She was exhausted and always ready to cry. The  Ignatia that I had given her on first meeting had helped, but this time I  prescribed Natrum muriaticum 10M, three tablets in one day with some  advice on anxiety management and abdominal breathing.

The effect from the Nat mur was  immediate. She felt better for two days (probably from the therapeutic  consultation), then had an aggravation for four days when she cried  copiously. On the fifth day she woke and started to improve. Her  physical symptoms went and she felt in control of her emotions again.  She became pregnant immediately after taking the Nat mur.

Whilst pregnant Kate was mostly well apart from some minor problems,  which cleared up on their own. She took Aconite 30c when there was some  building work being done on the house, which was very stressful. I had  also advised a change of diet before this pregnancy, which involved no  sugar, and she changed to soya instead of dairy, as soya is a natural  source of female hormones. Rebecca was born at term weighing 7lb 4oz.  Her mum was 39 and had thought she would never have another successful  pregnancy. She now treats the whole family with homeopathy and has  regained her confidence.

Julie's story 

This 30 year-old woman had a complicated menstrual history having  started her periods at the age of 13 but only menstruating once a year  since. At the age of 18 Julie had started the pill and taken it until  the age of 26 after which she had not had any periods at all. The  gynaecologist thought she had had a premature menopause and put her on  HRT.

One of the main reasons for her periods disappearing was that at 21  she’d had a spell of anorexia and her weight dropped to seven stone. Her  husband’s sperm count was also slightly low. After investigations, all  of which were normal, she was told there was no chance of pregnancy  without the fertility drug Clomiphene. Three cycles of that made no  difference.

She’d also had a chronic cough with ear infections and mild hearing  loss on the left side since she was young and had had lots of  antibiotics. Julie was a fastidious lady who wept easily and liked to be  appreciated. Her family meant everything to her and not to be able to  have children was devastating. She suffered from anticipatory anxiety,  liked the company of individuals but was shy in a crowd.

Problems with cycle control and absent periods seem to becoming more  common. I have therefore devised a method of maturing the follicle with  homeopathic remedies. The regime is easy: Oophorinum 30c (also called  ovarian extract) one daily from day five to nine inclusive, counting the  first day of a bleed as day one, and Folliculinum 30c, one daily from  day 10 to 14 inclusive. Day 14 is ovulation day in a 28-day cycle. The  Oophorinum matures the whole ovary and the Folliculinum matures the  follicle. If there are no periods, a cycle is counted from any date. If  the ovary does not produce a ripe follicle the egg cell cannot be  released from it and there is no possibility of pregnancy.

This woman took both remedies plus three tablets of Pulsatilla 10M.  She came back to see me two months later having had two periods, one  after 35 days and the second after 18. Her temperature chart did not  show an ovulation pattern. Her cough had cleared up for the first time  ever. As she had a strong family history of cancer I gave her Carcinosin  200, three tablets in 24 hours. Julie did not come back again but after  three months on this regime she became pregnant and delivered a healthy  baby girl 14 months after her first consultation.

Lesley's story

At 32, Lesley had taken the pill for 12 years before trying to  become pregnant for the last 18 months. During this time she had had a  miscarriage at 12 weeks and one at eight weeks. Since then she had had  irregular periods. As a child and teenager, repeated ear, throat and  chest infections, had been treated with antibiotics as had her acne. She  suffered from continuous thrush.

She was warm-blooded, intolerant of heat and sweated a lot. She slept  well and her energy was good. There were two experiences of grief in  her life as a friend had died just before she became pregnant for the  first time and her grandmother had also died during this pregnancy. With  such a history of antibiotics and her physical reactions I first  prescribed Sulphur 6c three times a day for two weeks, then twice a day  for two weeks then once a day until she came back to see me a few weeks  later. Lesley must have ovulated at the time of the first appointment  and she was already pregnant when I next saw her. In view of her  previous history she was advised to have monthly scans by her  gynaecologist.

The next time I saw her was when she was 16 weeks pregnant. Her  recent scan was normal, but she had developed a cough. She was not keen  to take any more antibiotics, and a few days of Pulsatilla 30c four  times a day was very helpful.

I next saw her when she was seven months pregnant. The doctor had  found sugar in her urine. She was advised to stop taking any sugar in  her diet and prescribed Sulphur 6c three times a day as before. Four  weeks later she told me that the urine sugar had gone, but she was  worried that the baby was too big. She was advised to try a low  glycaemic diet: no glucose, sucrose, maltose, dextrose, lactose in milk  and fructose in fruit. I also advised Sulphur 30c twice a day for a week  plus Caulophyllum 30c daily (which helps to prepare the cervix for  labour) and Arnica 200c to take every two hours during labour.

Lesley delivered a healthy, but large, baby girl after being induced  at 39 weeks. She has kept off the sugar since and has subsequently had  another baby girl without any problems.

Mollie Hunton MB BS DRCOG FFHom has been practising homeopathy for  25 years, until recently as a GP, and now in private practice. She is  President of the Midlands branch of the Faculty of Homeopathy and  teaches homeopathy to undergraduates at Birmingham Medical School.