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Kathleen Mahannah

I really appreciate the depth of detail, explanation of the physiology, and specific recommendations for treatments plans. You can apply this knowledge ASAP to you patients when you finish the webinar. I also appreciate the specific details arou...

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I really appreciate the depth of detail, explanation of the physiology, and specific recommendations for treatments plans. You can apply this knowledge ASAP to you patients when you finish the webinar. I also appreciate the specific details around treating patients who are currently undergoing ART (IVF or IUI) and how your recommendations should be modified.

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What You'll Learn

Learn about the many causes of infertility and how to diagnose and treat them using naturopathic treatments. You will also learn how to support your patients who are using assisted reproductive technologies such as intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization and donor eggs.

Luteal Phase Defect

  • What is a luteal phase defect? How do you define it?
  • Why is the pulsatile secretion of GnRH so important?
  • What conditions are associated with LPD?
  • Why can’t I use serum progesterone to diagnose it?
  • What is an ideal progesterone level? Does it exist?
  • What are the risks of using clomiphene citrate? Does it fix or cause a LPD?
  • How do I prescribe luteal start progesterone? What form of progesterone is best?
  • Is melatonin safe for fertility patients?
  • Are hormonal modulators or nervine herbs better for LPD?
  • What kind of diet is best to treat LPD? Vegetarian? Keto? Intermittent fasting?

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Sperm DNA Fragmentation (SDF)

  • What are the downfalls of the traditional semen analysis?
  • What is sperm DNA fragmentation and how does it affect fertility?
  • Does SDF affect IVF and ICSI outcomes?
  • When does the “male biological clock” start ticking?
  • What commonly prescribed medications can cause SDF?
  • Does tight clothing really affect sperm quality? What about using laptops?
  • Why don’t fertility clinics routinely screen for SDF? Who should we consider testing?
  • What commonly consumed substance is likely to have an effect on male fertility that will put other environmental toxins including tobacco, to shame?


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Interview Series: Dr. Anthony Cheung MBBS MPH MBA FRANZCOG FRCSC

Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist - Founder and Medical Director Grace Fertility Centre

Dr. Cheung answers your questions about fertility, PCOS and ART and the complex world of assisted reproductive technology. We are so excited to have this special opportunity to sit with a doctor with over 25 years in this field. 

Interview: Holly Yager  M.Ed., RCC, CCC

Holly Yager is the owner of Well Woman Counselling, and a BC Registered Clinical Counsellor and Canadian Certified Counsellor in with a specialized focus on reproductive health and fertility.

Fertility challenges can be difficult for patients to navigate, but they come with sensitivities that clinicians often have challenges with too. Holly Yager walks us through how to approach people having trouble conceiving and provides us with invaluable tools and resources that allow us to have the right helpful conversations with our patients.

Reproductive Immunology

Reproductive immunology is a new and exciting field of medicine that may hold the keys to some of our most challenging infertility cases.  This two part webinar series discusses the various ways in which the immune system can impact fertility and gives concise strategies for diagnostic testing and treatment protocols. 


Ovarian Reserve Testing

Ovarian reserve testing is very familiar to most of us who treat women of reproductive age. But do we really understand what the results mean? This webinar covers the most common ovarian reserve tests in detail and provides a clinically useful guide on how to interpret and apply them in your practice. Patients are often so confused by their fertility labs. Am I fertile? Am I in perimenopause!? Your patients will be thankful for your thorough explanations of what these tests mean for them.

  • What is the definition of ovarian reserve?
  • What are the factors that influence ovarian reserve?
  • What is the difference between primordial and antral follicles?
  • Which is the best ovarian reserve test?
  • Which patients should we be testing? 
  • Should it be used as a general screening tool?
  • Can these tests predict OHSS? PCOS? Menopause?
  • What are the major drawbacks of ovarian reserve testing?
  • Why should you be measuring estradiol with your Day 3 assessment?

Progesterone for Miscarriage: Who, When, What, Where, Why and How

This course provides a practical guide to the use of progesterone use for preventing miscarriages. We discuss the evidence for it's use in specific patient populations and provide listeners with a step by step guide on how to prescribe with confidence.

  • Why don't all doctors prescribe progesterone to prevent miscarriage?
  • How do I know which patients will benefit most from it? 
  • What forms of progesterone should I use and at what dose? 
  • What is the best timing for starting the progesterone? 
  • When to start and stop it safely. Is there such thing as starting it too late? 
  • Do all women with PCOS need progesterone supplementation? 
  • What are the risks and most common side effects that I should tell patients about?

Baby Making 101: The Basics of Fertility

This webinar is jam packed with clinical pearls and will introduce you to the basic concepts of fertility. You will be walked through a typical infertility case and be taken through a practical approach to case taking and information gathering. By the end of this webinar you will feel confident answering all questions related to fertility and fecundability.

  • What is the difference between fertility and fecundability? Why do we care?
  • Why do family doctors wait until 12 months to do a fertility workup in otherwise heathy couples? 
  • When is it appropriate to recommend earlier testing?
  • What are causes of infertility that you need to rule out in your evaluation? And how common is "unexplained infertility"?
  • What do clots tell us about fertility?
  • Can periods be "too light"?
  • What questions about pregnancy outcomes, including miscarriages and abortions do you need to ask each patient?
  • Do cialis and viagra affect or enhance fertility?
  • What should you be specifically asking about family history?
  • What 4 things should you be looking for in a physical exam?
  • How long can normal sperm live?
  • What are the chances of conceiving the day after ovulation?
  • Why is there an increased risk of miscarriage if you conceive on the day of ovulation (compared to the day before)?

Lifestyles of the Very Fertile

This webinar will answer the most common questions you will get from your patients about lifestyle choices and fertility.  We dig through the murky evidence and come up with some solid answers that will help guide your patients to better choices to support their fertility. 

  • How bad is smoking for fertility?
  • I quit 2 years ago. Did I ruin my fertility for life?
  • Do I have to quit drinking when we start trying?
  • How much alcohol is ok during my fertile window?
  • My husband likes to binge drink on weekends with his buddies. Is that ok?
  • What about before an IVF cycle? Can we still have a few glasses of wine on my birthday the week before?
  • Can I smoke weed? What about my husband?
  • Do I have to give up my daily coffee?
  • How much weight do I need to lose to improve my fertility?
  • My husband is about 40lbs overweight. Is that an issue? Can it affect our future children?
  • I heard tight underwear are bad. Is this true?
  • What about lap tops and cell phone?
  • Am I exercising too much?
  • Can my husband bike commute to work? I heard cycling was bad for sperm.
  • Can stress cause infertility?
  • My husband is stressed to the max too. Is that a problem?
  • Does sleep matter?
  • Is there a fertility diet we should be following? 

Intrauterine Insemination: the ins and outs of IUI 

As clinicians, we don't often know what goes on behind the doors of fertility clinics.  This webinar will help learners become familiar with IUI and ovulation induction cycles so they can help prepare their patients and support them with confidence through the process. 

  • What is IUI?
  • When is IUI indicated? Is it ever contraindicated?
  • How much does a typical cycle cost?  
    Which patients are most likely to benefit from IUI? 
  • How effective is it?  
  • What is the difference between a natural cycle and a medicated cycle? 
  • What are the differences between clomiphene citrate and Letrozole for ovulation induction? 
  • What are the common protocols used for both oral and injection ovulation induction?
  • Should these cycles be monitored with urine LH, serum LH or ultrasound?
    How is the semen collected and processed? 
  • What does the insemination process look like? 
  • What happens post procedure?
    What are some of the complications that may happen?
  • How can you support your patients during IUI cycles?

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • How to use this course

  • 2

    Luteal Phase Defect

    • Luteal Phase Defect: Course Description

    • Luteal Phase Defect

    • Tribulus Leaf Monograph

    • New Uses for Chaste Tree

  • 3

    Sperm DNA Fragmentation (SDF)

    • Sperm DNA Fragmentation (SDF): Course Description

    • Sperm DNA Fragmentation (SDF)

    • Mito Motile Monograph

  • 4

    Dr. Anthony Cheung Interview

    • Dr. Anthony Cheung Interview - Talking points

    • Part 1

    • Part 2

    • Part 3

  • 5

    Interview: Holly Yager

    • Holly Yager: Talking Points and Bio

    • Holly Yager: Part 1

    • Holly Yager: Part 2

  • 6

    Reproductive Immunology

    • Reproductive Immunology: Course Description

    • Reproductive Immunology and Infertility: Part 1 (The Key to Challenging Cases)

    • Reproductive Immunology and Infertility: Part 2 (The Key to Challenging Cases)

  • 7

    Ovarian Reserve Testing

    • Ovarian Reserve Testing: Course Description

    • Ovarian Reserve Testing

  • 8

    Progesterone for Miscarriage: Who, When, What, Where, Why and How

    • Progesterone for Miscarriage: Course Description

    • Progesterone for Miscarriage

  • 9

    Baby Making 101: The Basics of Fertility

    • Baby Making 101: The Basics of Fertility

    • Fertility Assessment Baby Making 101

  • 10

    Lifestyles of the Very Fertile

    • Lifestyles of the Very Fertile: Course Description

    • Lifestyles of the Very Fertile

  • 11

    Intrauterine Insemination: the ins and outs of IUI

    • Intrauterine Insemination: the ins and outs of IUI : Course Description

    • Intrauterine Insemination: the ins and outs of IUI

  • 12

    Next steps

    • You're almost done!

    • Before you go...


Dr. Alana Shaw ND

Alana received her undergraduate degree (BSc.) from McMaster University where she also enjoyed a successful varsity basketball career. She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003 and then continued her education at the University of British Columbia where she studied reproductive endocrinology, infertility and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

She has extensive clinical experience in the field of infertility and reproductive medicine after years of working closely alongside Dr. Anthony Cheung at the Grace Fertility Centre in Vancouver, and now at her private practice at Mint Integrative. Alana continues to stay active in the academic community as an instructor at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic and also recently co-authored her first published article in a peer-reviewed journal. She is a regular speaker and presenter at local and national conferences including the BCNA Advances in Naturopathic Medicine conference, Institute of Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine conference, Collaborative Education conferences and NFH Women’s Health Symposiums.


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