COMMON CAUSES OF INFERTILITY IN WOMEN AND SOLUTIONS
The best approach to treating infertility is solving the root causes of infertility, by addressing all body systems and the reproductive system.
Many couples who can’t become pregnant suffer form a combination of sub-clinical conditions. These conditions can’t cause infertility on their own but – in combination – they can substantially reduce a couple’s probability of conceiving.
For example; gluten intolerance alone cannot cause infertility; however, the resulting inflammation in the gut can minimize your nutrient absorption and lead to deficiencies in nutrients you need for optimal sperm, egg and hormone production and a healthy pregnancy.
Exposure to heavy metals, radiation, and toxic chemicals in some foods, drugs and other products can damage DNA. Recent study of the effects of nutrients on gene expression research suggests that what we can influence our gene structure and expression.
Virtually all, almost 100% of all of the causes of infertility in men and women are result of in appropriate diet and lifestyle. Meaning that if we pay more attention to what we eat drink, and how we live, it is not likely that any of this dysfunction will happen to us.
Moreover, the longer the infertility, the smaller the chance of given birth to a child.
As woman ages her fertility in life decline, in other word the probability of getting child smoothly reduces as she ages. A woman’s live is divided into phases. These are time from birth to the time that she starts to menstruate. So when a girl is born, her 2 ovaries are loaded with all the egg that she would ever ovulate in her life time, approximately 400,000 egg. They are immature eggs called USITES they matured along line and they are released every month into fallopian tube, this is called OVULATION and she menstruates between 30 to 40 years. This is her natural reproductive years.
All things been equal, once in a month she releases an eggs or 2 eggs as the case may be. A time comes when she stop to menstruate called MENOPAUSE (Menopausal years). If a woman reached menopause, this release of eggs will then seized and then menstruation too will stop.
On the effect of age, the conception ages ranges for couple are at best 20 25% menstrual cycle in 1 4 chances with a 4 week period without family planning.
When a woman reaches the age of 35 naturally or scientifically speaking, her fertility begins to decline. By the age of 40, her conception is now in the now in the range of 1 out of 10.
There is a significant risk of miscarriage, genetic imbalance is established. “Down syndrome” which is an inborn abnormality is evitable sometime.
The younger the saver, the easier and the better. The older the more difficult, and the more the chance of abnormalities.
SOLUTION AT MENOPAUSE
At menopause it will have to take either divine intervention or medical intervention for a woman to get pregnant again.
1. Medical Intervention: for example IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)
Where the ovary can be stimulated to actual mature some eggs & those eggs will be extracted and then the man’s sperm will be collected, and the egg will be fertilized in a test tube, and that fertilized egg will now be in-planted into the womb of the woman until she carries it through.
In this case, a woman of 50s & 60s can still get pregnant; have a baby through medical intervention this way.
2. Divine Intervention: The truth is that the Almighty God in his mercy and mighty, in proving that there is nothing that he cannot do, He permits pregnancy to come up, even when all the science factors and common senses say it is not possible.
3. Adoption: Africans needs to understand and correct this mindset. Not only those believing in the fruit of the womb that could adopt children.
2. FERTILITY DIET
In the first trimester of pregnancy your growing embryo will increase 20 million times. In the first 8 weeks your baby’s organs, hands, fingers, legs, feet, head, eyes, nose, ears etc. are being constructed. To ensure the best possible foundations are laid down during this phase, you want to make sure there are plenty of building blocks in the form of the right nutrients in the right combinations.
What does a fertility contain?
An optimal fertility diet is about what to avoid as much as it is about what to include. A fertility diet should be as fresh as possible and organic wherever possible. Key elements are; good quality protein sources (favor vegetable sources of protein) and good fats.
What should you eat?
1. Organic meat in small quantities, game, small deep sea fish like sardines and red snapper, organic legumes home cooked (not canned).
2. Whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit in season, organic where possible.
3. Increase your consumption of good fats and avoid dangerous fats. Good fats include monounsaturated fats in olive oil, polyunsaturated fats in oily fish and nuts and midchain fatty acids found in coconut oil.
4. For cooking use clarified butter (ghee) or coconut butter (without flavor) as they do not become unstable when heated.
5. For non-heated oil requirements (salads etc) use cold pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil and nut oils.
3. DANGEROUS FATS
Did you know – consuming trans fats hidden in foods such as; doughnuts, biscuits, lollies, candy, chocolates, chips, pies, fries, take aways and thousands of other foods may increase your risk of infertility by as much as 70 percent.
Scientist from the school of public Health advise women wanting to get pregnant to avoid all trans fats. The sole purpose of adding trans fats to food is to extend its shelf life. To minimize your consumption of trans fats be diligent about reading the ingredients and avoid the most likely culprits altogether. Trans fats are mostly listed as ‘hydrogenated fat’ or hardened vegetable fat’ or simply vegetable fat.
4. HORMONAL IMBALANCES: Animal –Derived Estrogen
Dairy products account on average for 60-70 percent of estrogen consumed. Humans consume milk from cows in the second half of pregnancy when cows estrogen levels are high. We usually associate dairy and drinking milk with calcium, and never think about what else we may be consuming along with the calcium (and dairy, by the way is not the best source of calcium). Here is a list of hormones that have been found in cows’ milk:
1. Prolactin, Somatostatin, Melatonin, Oxytocin, Growth hormone, Lutenizing releasing hormone.
2. Thyroid stimulating hormone
6. Corticosteroids and many more
You should know that an excess consumption of all these hormones could disrupt your own hormonal balance.
Excess estrogen and pesticide exposure has been linked to PCOS and Endometriosis. Studies have found higher concentrations of pesticides in cheese than in non-organically grown fruit and vegetables. The first line naturopathic treatment that is recommended for PCOS and Endometriosis is to minimize intake of animal products. Animal products have a high content of hormones, pesticides and herbicides which are known endocrine disruptors. They play havoc with your hormones and this can lead to anovulation.
5. STRESS: Psycho Emotional Constitution
This is another factor that majority causes infertility in women. When a woman is under STRESS, Mental, emotional stress, logical stress, she is so disturbed, anxious, traumatized, abused, afraid, harassed and pressured from whatever quarters. That will make her chances of been able to get pregnant be reduced.
A lady looking for the fruit of womb needs to be in her best frame of mind for her body chemistry to align for fertility.
Psychological and emotional make up: The mind is so powerful that it influences so many things. What goes on in your mind is connected to what goes on in your body. The stress in the head must be address. In a relaxed body, fertility can easily set in.
6. EXPOSURE TO TOXIC CHEMICALS
Exposure to environmental toxins (in the form of industrial chemicals) both in utero and neonatally may dramatically affect adult fertility. Most chemicals used in everyday life do not go through the same checks medicines do. Consequently, poisonous chemicals end up circulating in our environment, food supply, air and water.
The strongest evidence of heavy metals and environmental pollution adversely interfering with health reproductive function in women has been found for lead. Other compounds that can alter hormone function and result in adverse reproductive health effects include:
· Ovotoxicants: can disrupt or even stop ovulation.
· Endocrine disruption: can interfere with hormone function and cause endometriosis and PCOS
· Phthalates: In plastic food containers, cling wrap, IV bags, medical supplies, Vinyl flooring and packaging at high levels have been associated with miscarriage and testicular toxicity. At low levels they disrupt hormonal balance.
· VCH chemicals: used in rubber tires, plastics and pesticides.
· PAH: released from cigarettes, car fumes and road tar.
THE TOP 5 ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS TO AVIOD:
1. Pesticides: found on non-organ-organic fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy and unfiltered tap water
2. Formaldehyde: found in air fresheners, deodorants, floor polish, upholstery cleaners
3. Bisphenols: found in plastic containers and can leach into food and water.
4. Organic solvents: petroleum base liquids found in household products, electronics, car repair, health care, photograph, agriculture, printing, construction and cosmetics and many more.
5. Dry-cleaning chemicals
Occasional exposure to one or the other toxic chemical is of concern. What is of concern is accumulate of these chemicals over a long period.
7. SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STDS) CHECK
Most people believe that they and their partner are STD free. However there are some STD’s which can be asymptomatic, meaning that you may not be aware you have them, as there are no obvious symptoms.
One such STD is a Chlamydia infection. In men, a Chlamydia infection can lead to sperm abnormalities including sperm antibodies. In women it can lead to scarring, blocked tubes and miscarriage.
A study found 60% asymptomatic male partners of infected females attending a fertility clinic were found to be infected with Chlamydia. Most STD’s are easy to treat, so it pays for both partners to have an STD check. There is no point in only one partner going for a test as the other partner can re-infect them again.
8. COFFEE AND ALCOHOL
You may not want to hear this, but drinking coffee decreases fertility. A large study found as little as 1 cup of coffee per day increase the risk of not conceiving by 55 percent. And if you have 2-3 cups per day that risk rises to 100 percent and continues to increase with an additional cup up to 176 percent. And did you know that women who drank coffee before and during pregnancy had twice the risk of miscarriage?
Alcohol is harmful to woman’s eggs and men’s sperm and as little as one glass can reduce fertility by 50 percent! This can further lead to damage of the developing embryo and may result in miscarriage. And although it’s been known for a long time that drinking while pregnant is a no-no, drinking before pregnancy has been largely ignored.
9. PRECONCEPTION AND PREGNANCY SUPPLEMENTS
Regardless of whether you are eating organic produce and a healthy diet, you are unlikely to be getting all the nutrients your body needs for optima fertility from your diet. This is why supplementation is important.
Getting pregnant and growing a new human being with your own reserves, requires a surplus of nutrients and energy, in your body’s accounting terms, pregnancy is a luxury, a splurge of energy and nutrients. Some of the key nutrients for fertility are:
Zinc, Selenium, Magnesium, Calcium, B12, B6, Folic acid, Vitamin C and Omega -3 fats.
If you want to undertake a preconception program or address a specific fertility condition you need most of these food supplements with regards to some foods and drugs.