Many medical discoveries happen by accident. That’s the way Dr. Phil Boyle discovered that low-dose naltrexone (LDN), when used to treat autoimmune conditions in women, may have also increased their fertility as a side effect.
Naltrexone is a 35-year-old drug that is FDA-approved to treat heroin and opioid addiction. But after its approval, a doctor discovered that a much lower dose of naltrexone (~1/10th the typical treatment dose) had even more potential benefits for patients with HIV, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, and many autoimmune diseases. It turns out that LDN has even more potential uses that scientists are still exploring.
Doctors think that LDN may boost fertility in women through increased endorphin production. Think of endorphins as natural opiates your body creates on its own. Endorphins help our cells grow normally so that our immune system is strong. Not producing enough endorphins can lead to autoimmune disease and, in the professional opinion of Dr. Boyle, infertility. Low doses of naltrexone cause your body to increase the amount of endorphins it produces. This is why Dr. Boyle believes previously infertile women with autoimmune disease also became pregnant after starting LDN.
Dr. Boyle also believes that LDN could be beneficial for women with endometriosis who need help maintaining a healthy pregnancy to full-term.
If you live in NY, PA, MD, DC, VA, WV, NC and GA, our trained pharmacy staff will compound your specific LDN dose with a prescription from your doctor.
The Compounding Center in Leesburg prepares LDN as immediate-release pills with no fillers or binders to interfere with the drug’s absorption. Plus, we take your allergies and dietary concerns into consideration. We make sure our compounded LDN capsules and tablets are free of common allergens like gluten, lactose, and dyes.
We’ll even ship it to you if you can’t get to the store!
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