It’s well known that inflammation is at the root of so many common health problems – heart disease, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraines and diabetes – but infertility? Chronic inflammation can most certainly be the phantom cause behind previously unexplained infertility, says Dr. John Couvaras. “On their own, none of these conditions – migraines or IBS for example – are big enough to take notice,” says Dr. Couvaras. “It’s important to realize that the vast majority of infertility cases are not due to mechanical damage or poor sperm, but something underlying – we have to look at the bigger picture and make the connection.”
This broader view often requires a simple strategy. Dr. Couvaras systematically sets out to reduce sources of inflammation through his Immune Balancing Protocol. It’s important to investigate an immunity imbalance in so-called unexplained infertility cases before skipping straight to in-vitro fertilization, as is the typical strategy of most other reproductive endocrinologists. “The ovary looks dead, but it may only be deaf. The trick is learning to talk differently to it – it doesn’t always necessitate a high-tech solution.”
One of Dr. Couvaras’ patients endured a five-year cycle of unsuccessful IVF treatments quite young at 25 before landing in his office frustrated and no further along.“I had been trying to conceive for years, and had been told I was polycystic ovary syndrome. After trying many rounds of medications to stimulate my ovaries, I attempted IVF at age 25. I did not get pregnant. After five years of trying at 30 years old, I met Dr. Couvaras and did his Immune Balancing Protocol. He discovered some sources of chronic inflammation that he explained may have been restricting the transmission of hormones to my ovaries, which also prevented eggs from growing. We corrected all these things, and with his magic, we delivered our gorgeous daughter. Without Dr. Couvaras’ unique perspective and approach, we would not be parents today. “
Dr. Couvaras is also frequently speaks specifically about unexplained infertility and the treatments he recommends precede IVF, including:
–the damage chronic inflammation can do to fertility
–the immune-balancing approach
–the success rates associated with his holistic, big-picture approach
Dr. Couvaras is board certified in reproductive endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology and an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. He is the director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Assisted Reproductive Medicine and past chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Paradise Valley Hospital. Dr Couvaras offers a full-service infertility practice, from basics to IVF, embryo biopsy, and cryopreservation. He also provides consultations on non-infertility related concerns, such as recurrent miscarriage, poly-cystic ovary syndrome, ovarian decline and abnormal reserve, hormonal imbalance-related mood dysfunction, weight gain and sleep disturbances, and post-partum depression.