What is the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine (IIRRM)?
The IIRRM is an organization of health professionals, researchers and supportive community members who are dedicated to uniting RRM clinicians and supporting clinical research in restorative reproductive medicine. It is a not-for-profit organization based out of London, England with members and affiliated organizations throughout the world.
What is Restorative Reproductive Medicine
Restorative reproductive medicine is any scientific approach to reproductive medicine that seeks to cooperate with or restore the normal physiology and anatomy of the human reproductive system. It does not employ methods that are inherently suppressive, circumventive or destructive. This approach respects the integrity of the human person and the right of women and men to have access to reproductive health care that respects their right to understand and cooperatively manage their own fertility, with appropriate medical assistance.
What different types of RRM are there?
RRM comprises many different methods. The two most well-known are Naprotechnology ™ and interventions based on the Billings Ovulation Method. There are several others, including symptothermal based approaches, but they all share a common goal of using information from a fertility chart and working to optimize normal function. There are also surgical methods that exclusively use this philosophical approach. To our knowledge, the only formalized text of this to-date has been written on surgical Naprotechnology.
Most of the published literature also has been on Naprotechnology, although we are currently sponsoring four research projects based on a symptothermal method that are nearing publication, and we encourage and support research and publication from all RRM methods.
Does RRM use Artificial Insemination?
No. NPT supports and optimizes natural reproductive function, so that pregnancy can result from natural sexual intercourse.
What is the difference between using RRM for infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), including In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)?
There is a fundamental difference in approach. RRM identifies what is not working and fixes it, so that conception and pregnancy can occur naturally in vivo [in the body]. ART and related approaches bypass the problem and make a baby in vitro [outside the body]. Many of the issues (cost, side effects, ethical concerns) raised by ART are not a problem with RRM.
Can RRM methods help with male factor infertility?
Yes. Men with very low sperm counts or anti-sperm antibodies can be treated. Often, improvements in semen quality can be made by healthy lifestyle changes. A number of medical and surgical treatments can also improve semen quality and sperm function. Even if the sperm function is not ideal, evaluating and maximizing the woman’s fertility cycle, together with ideal timing of intercourse will often result in pregnancy.
Does RRM treat couples?
When treating for infertility or miscarriage the RRM physician treats the committed couple, the male and the female, as a single unit. This process requires significant collaboration and communication between the two and their treatment team. It is often successful in addressing underlying reproductive health issues. The team approach supports relationships that often become strained when dealing with the stress associated with infertility or miscarriage.
Problems that can be helped with RRM include:
– Infertility – male and female
– Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
– Premature Birth
– Ovarian Cysts
– Premenstrual Syndrome
– Postpartum Depression
– Irregular Cycles
– Premenopausal Symptoms
– Irregular Vaginal Bleeding
– Family Planning