Rhiannon Hardingham | Male Infertility

Rhiannon is an experienced fertility naturopath, presenter, practitioner mentor and author, and a lead member of the specialist team of multi-disciplinary practitioners at Melbourne’s Fertile Ground Health Group. Rhiannon is committed to the successful integration of natural and conventional medicine, regularly working alongside Melbourne’s top fertility doctors to achieve the best outcomes for her patients. 

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After her many years of experience and education in the area of infertility and IVF support, Rhiannon provides professional mentoring for naturopaths in both group and individual settings. This highly specialised area is outside the scope of standard naturopathic education and as such, her mentoring program at Fertile Ground Health Group is a rare opportunity for naturopaths to further their skills.


Alongside her colleagues at Fertile Ground Health Group, Rhiannon has recently co-authored a new book, Create A Fertile Life. This comprehensive pre-conception healthcare guide for both patients and practitioners, is set to become a staple for those wishing to overcome infertility and prepare for a healthy pregnancy. 


In this episode we cover

  • All things male infertility
  • Why there has been a progressive decline in sperm count
  • What impacts sperm quality and count 
  • If hydrotherapy, ice baths and coffee impact sperm health
  • Why semen quality is known as a biomarker of male health
  • Semen analysis testing - what to look out for
  • How thyroid function affects sperm health
  • Rhiannon’s strategies for improving male fertility
  • And so much more


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Show Notes



Before we dive into this interview I want to take a few more moments of your time to chat about our fabulous show sponsor, a company whose services I value and use every working day. The company in question is Brisbane-based Microba - otherwise known as the Leaders in the analysis of the gut microbiome.  Let me explain why I have carefully chosen this brand to align with and how their services make a huge difference in the health of my clients and maybe you too if you choose to explore this.


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