Naturopaths’ management of women with reproduction issues

Are you a naturopath managing women with infertility or diminished ovarian reserve?

Naturopaths play an important role in the successful management of women seeking help with fertility including women with diminished or low ovarian reserve (DOR). DOR is a condition characterised by a reduced quantity of eggs remaining in the ovaries compared to other women of the same age. However, despite a significant number of Australian women trying to conceive consulting a naturopath, little is known about how naturopaths manage their care.

Researchers at NICM Health Research Institute are seeking participants to take part in an anonymous online survey.

This survey aims to develop insight into naturopaths’ decisions, care and management of women with infertility or DOR. It also will inform the development of a naturopathic intervention for investigation in a randomised controlled trial.

Findings from this survey will better describe the contribution that naturopaths are making to the health and wellbeing of women with infertility and/or diminished ovarian reserve.


Who can join?

  • Naturopaths practicing in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Members of naturopathic associations that are recognised by the World Naturopathic Federation.
  • Have been in clinical practice for five or more years.
  • Manage women that seek help with reproduction and infertility.
  • Have access to the Internet.

What’s involved?

Participants will be asked to:

  • Read the participant information sheet.
  • Complete a 20-30 minute, anonymous online survey. The survey contains questions regarding your practice, treatment provided for women with infertility and/or diminished ovarian reserve, and interprofessional communication.

What are the benefits for participating?

  • Your responses will help to develop insight into naturopaths’ decisions, care and management of women with infertility or DOR. It also will inform the development of a naturopathic intervention for investigation in a randomised controlled trial.

Interest in participating in this study?

For more details about this study, please read the following information before deciding whether to participate.

To participate in this study, follow the link and to complete the anonymous online survey.


For more information, please contact:

Alison Maunder
NICM Health Research Institute, Study Chief Investigator - PhD Candidate
e.     a.maunder2@westernsydney.edu.au


Human Research Ethics Committee Approval: This Project has been approved by Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number: H14256). This study is supported by NICM Health Research Institute and Western Sydney University. Ms Maunder's position as a PhD candidate is supported by a scholarship from the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies.

Study Coordinating Principal Investigator: Dr Carolyn Ee, NICM Health Research Institute