Antonia Ruhl’s philosophy is to assist as many couples as possible who are experiencing fertility issues to reach their optimal level of health using natural therapies alone or in conjunction with Assisted Reproductive Technology (IVF).
The Amazon Fertility Program created by Antonia Ruhl has a holistic approach, by incorporating body, mind and spiritual care, which may increase the effectiveness of the program.
Just as you prepare a garden for planting by making the soil rich and fertile so the seed can grow, so it is with the body. Antonia believes we are all born to create new life and she utilises herbal tonics that have been used for thousands of years in ancient cultures to prepare the body for pregnancy.
Along with balancing the body physically, Antonia Ruhl believes the body is also an energetic system that requires balancing on all levels and Antonia may encourage the prospective parents to have energy healing sessions.
Who would benefit from following the Amazon Fertility Program?
Couples or individuals who want to prepare their bodies for a successful, healthy pregnancy and maximizing their future child’s potential (physically, mentally, and emotionally)
Participants who have been trying to achieve conception for more than a year and are having difficulty sustaining a full term pregnancy.
Couples or individuals who need the benefits and advantages of Natural Treatment Therapies before considering or attempting Assisted Reproductive Technology (A.R.T) intervention.
What will happen in my first consultation?
Antonia Ruhl will assess each couple in their first consultation to maximise the health of future parents and explain the overall program. Future visits and further treatment protocols and referral to medical tests may be discussed and the appropriate herbs and nutrients will be prescribed.
At the end of the consultation you will be given the herbal components.
To monitor your progress Antonia recommends follow-up visits to the clinic or phone follow-ups if you are unable to attend the clinic.
The program is focused on Amazonian Herbs. However, nutritional supplements, healthy diet and lifestyle modification also may be added to the program.
Antonia’s aim is to improve health and vitality of both prospective parents, thus resulting in a healthy pregnancy.
What is your success rate?
The program is very successful in helping couples and individuals conceive.
Many of our clients have been trying for many years either by natural therapies or with IVF treatment. Couples who commit fully to Antonia’s program have a great chance to succeed. We do not focus so much on achieving pregnancy as we do on strengthening the body as a whole.
From this approach of building the body’s innate strength we often see amazing results. Ultimately pre-conception care and pregnancy is a journey and we facilitate the body’s unique wisdom in creating life. Antonia and our therapists provide each couple with a realistic assessment of achieving a healthy pregnancy on our program. We may refer on when we cannot be of assistance.
How long will it take me to fall pregnant?
Antonia’s aim is to maximise the health of future parents in every way and to make sure the sperm and egg are in optimal health condition.
So, the prospective parents should make the commitment to follow Antonia’s program for at least 4 months. This is because sperm formation takes around 4 months and eggs around 100 days.
Antonia may suggest you do not actively try for a baby during the first couple of months, but rather strengthen the body with herbs and nutrients to improve the egg and sperm quality.
You should just begin to have fun together again as a couple.
Take this time to reconnect and take the pressure off yourself to conceive. Many couples fall pregnant within four months, however it may take longer to respond to the treatment due to health issues of the prospective parents.
At what age am I too old to be on the program?
Antonia Ruhl believes if you are still having a menstrual cycle then the body can conceive. In fact once a woman reaches her forties the body sees this time as its last chance to fall pregnant.
If your period has slowed down or even stopped for some time it is sometimes possible to re-establish the cycle to achieve pregnancy. Again it depends on the individual and how long they have been in a peri-menopause or menopausal state.
The clinic actually specializes in helping women in their late 30’s and 40’s conceive.
I have seen other complementary practitioners; can I continue with this while on the Amazon Fertility Program?
Please discuss this during your consultation. Our advice will depend on your individual circumstances and the other therapies you are planning to utilise.
Will the herbs interact with any of my nutritional supplements and/or IVF treatment?
Because the herbs act as a nourishing food for the body, in general we can prescribe many of them with your other supplements and IVF medication.
Be sure to tell your health practitioner what other natural and conventional medicines you are on from other practitioners. Some IVF doctors do not recommend you to take any other supplements or herbal preparations and we accept that.
Also if you are on other herbal preparations from Chinese doctors or naturopaths we need to assess what we can give you so we don’t overload the body or double up
Why does my husband have to be on the treatment?
A large reason for Antonia Ruhl’s success is because she believes in treating the male as well. Up to 40% of couples experiencing infertility will be due to the male factor.
Each embryo contains 50% of its chromosomes from the female and 50% from the male, so it is imperative the sperm is as healthy as possible. Unhealthy sperm (as well as egg quality) can contribute to inability to conceive, risk of miscarriages and birth defects.
There are many factors involved in achieving a healthy pregnancy so even when conventional testing assures sperm quality and motility etc, we still emphasise the holistic approach to prepare both parents’ bodies. Fortunately the sperm regenerates quite quickly and easily with special herbs, nutrients and reducing environmental toxicity.
My husband does not want to take the herbs; will this reduce our chances of a successful outcome?
In cases where the infertility is due only to female health concerns, it may not be an issue.
However, as mentioned before if the infertility is due to a male factor it is very important that your partner is on the treatment as well as the sperm is more susceptible than the eggs to damage from nutritional deficiencies and toxic exposure.
This is why it is important that the prospective father also plays an active role in the Fertility Program as the father contributes 50% of a healthy conception. In the case he doesn’t agree to take the herbs please discuss this matter with Antonia.
My partner and I enjoy coffee and alcohol at social occasions; can we continue drinking while on the program?
We encourage couples to minimize their coffee and alcohol intake as much as possible.
However, a small amount occasionally is fine. It is important to limit coffee intake to one or two cups per day and alcohol at social occasions only
I have been referred to have hypnotherapy, counselling or breath work, why has this been recommended?
Occasionally there is a mental or emotional reason why you are not falling pregnant as a couple and if this is identified as a possibility during your treatment you may be asked to look deeper into these reasons.
All our counselling and hypnotherapy sessions are designed to help free you from limiting conscious and sub-conscious belief patterns that are keeping you stuck. The body is always responding to what is going on in the mind so clearing out old redundant ways of thinking – either consciously or unconsciously – with the help of a trained therapist can be extremely rewarding and useful in trying to fall pregnant.
Stress can be a major factor for some women and men as to why they are infertile or miscarrying and this is addressed with counselling, hypnotherapy , energy work and breath work sessions.
What if I miscarry while on the program or before I start the program?
This just means we have more work to do to strengthen the body. We encourage clients to work even more closely with us now and not lose sight of the big picture.
To the body a miscarriage can be as stressful and fatiguing as a full term pregnancy so we need to build up the body’s reserves and look at why this may have happened.
Recurrent Miscarriages are usually issues related to the blood, immune factors, nutritional deficiencies, urinary tract infections, hormonal issues or it may be due to chromosomal (sperm or egg) quality issues.
This is another reason we encourage clients to wait a couple of months before trying to conceive so these issues can be addressed. Physiologically the blood takes 4 months to renew and it takes around 3 months for the egg and sperm quality to be revitalized so waiting that length of time is optimum before trying to conceive.
What happens once I am pregnant?
Once you are pregnant please contact the clinic. You will be advised by your therapist which herbs or formulas you still need to be on.
In the case of previous miscarriages you may need to be on a formula that nourishes the embryo and helps the endometrium grow.
We also suggest that you visit the clinic once or twice monthly for energy healing or pregnancy massage to help you cope with the huge demands placed on your body.
Our Naturopath can also advise on the best lifestyle and dietary recommendations for you during this time as extra demands are placed on your body’s reserves.
What happens once I have my baby?
We love to see all the new Amazon Babies!
Many mums bring in their babies and children for follow up care and health advice.