I was 17 years old and knew it was odd that I hadn't started my period. I recall when I went into my first ObGyn appointment, nervous that they were going to tell me something was majorly wrong. The doctor didn't even investigate- she prescribed me a birth control pill to "fix" the problem. I remember asking, "what about when I want to have children? Shouldn't we find out what's wrong and FIX it?" and the doctor replied something to the effect of, "there are fertility drugs for that".
I was totally flabbergasted. How could a doctor not CARE that a totally normal process wasn't occurring for me? How could she not WANT to know like I wanted to know what was causing this? Why was she okay with me taking a medication FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE JUST TO DO SOMETHING NORMAL?!? And that, my friend, is what led me to a different path.
Thankfully, I found my answers through integrative medicine. I have three beautiful children today (and am blessed with 3 more through marriage), but, that experience is what sparked my lifelong mission to find a different way for other women and families. It spurred my interest in an integrative approach, where we use more in-depth testing and patient interview to dig deeper to the root cause, and we always start with lifestyle to correct the problem versus covering it up with medications.
It's no different with fertility- using ICSI with IVF to fertilize an egg and get pregnant doesn't correct the reason why that process can't happen on its own- it simply overrides it. While I'm so grateful that we have that amazing technology, I'm dedicated to helping you get to the bottom of your fertility questions. Solving the problem. Allowing your body to conceive naturally.
about Dr. Jaclyn
Dr. Jaclyn Chasse is a licensed naturopathic physician dedicated to helping couples conceive naturally. Her practice, Perfect Fertility, is dedicated to fertility, sexual health and family wellness.
Dr. Chasse is a graduate of Bastyr University, an avid writer, and international speaker who has taught thousands of doctors the Perfect Fertility methods. She is Immediate Past President of the both the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the NH Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She's served on several boards including the American Herbal Products Association and many others.
In addition to doctor, Dr. Chasse's proudest role is of Mother, to a bustling houseful of children and slobbering dogs. They enjoy any family time that includes cuddles, laughter, cooking, gardening, and travel!