Addressing Infertility Naturally
Over the past 25 years, the incidence of fertility problems has dramatically increased. It is estimated that 25 percent of all couples trying to conceive will run into difficulties, and when they do, many turn to fertility treatments to address the issues. There are several causes for infertility, ranging from ovulatory failure to male infertility issues, and there are alternative ways of treating infertility that are basic and simple.
About 30 percent of fertility problems fall under the heading of "unexplained." That means that even after thorough investigation, the doctors cannot find a medically identifiable reason for the infertility. However, if there is a failure to conceive, it's obvious there is a problem somewhere. Often, by looking deeper into the issue, it becomes apparent that lifestyle factors, nutritional deficiencies and sometimes emotional factors play into the mix. This is where the natural approach to infertility can be employed as an alternative treatment.
Alternative Treatment For Infertility
Alternative treatment plans are very extensive and encompassing, which means that they are designed to the specific needs of individuals. If assisted reproduction is being used, then it is advisable to use the suggestions here to enhance the chances of conception.
The female hormone saliva test is done over the course of a menstrual cycle. Eleven saliva samples are collected at home and then sent to a lab. This test will be able to supply important information regarding the levels of hormones (estrogen and progesterone) across the month to create a pattern that will indicate:
· early ovulation
· anovulation (no ovulation)
· problems with the phases of the cycle such as a short or long luteal phase
· difficulties with progesterone levels
Even if a woman has irregular cycles, the female hormone saliva test can be done.
There are many articles in this section that refer to the importance of a healthy diet for conception. Although it would seem the subject would not need to be touched upon, many people remain quite ignorant of the fact that a poor diet has a profound effect upon fertility, often creating imbalances that affect the ability to conceive.
Leave the Alcohol and Caffeine Alone
Along with diet, certain drinks can lower fertility as well. Drinking any alcohol at all can reduce fertility by half and, the more a person drinks, the less likely they are to conceive. Alcohol decreases sperm count, increases abnormal sperm, and decreases the number of motile sperm. It inhibits the absorption of nutrients into the body. Zinc, a mineral that is closely linked with male fertility, is inhibited by alcohol.
Caffeine is another drink that affects fertility negatively. There are myriad studies that prove caffeine, especially in the form of coffee, decreases fertility. Just one cup a day can halve the chances of conception. Again, sperm motility, count, and abnormalities are all affected by coffee. To enhance the chances of conception, eliminating alcohol and caffeine is a good place to start.
Another one of those things that seems to be redundant to discuss, yet is often overlooked is smoking. As with alcohol and caffeine, there are stacks of studies showing the harm nicotine causes to women who are trying to conceive. It has the potential to encourage early menopause and, for a woman in her 30s who is trying to conceive, this is not good news. Men experience a drop in sperm count, the sperm are sluggish and the numbers of abnormal sperm increases with smoking.
The plastics and environmental agents exact their toll as well. Xenestrogens, which are environmental estrogens found in plastics and pesticides, wreak havoc on hormone balance. In order to keep hormones in check, it is important to eat organic foods, especially organic fruits and vegetables. By eating organic produce, particularly in the pre-conception stage, the chances of increasing fertility are enhanced.
There is nothing really new in this information. But, it bears repeating over and over again because we just don't seem to get it the first time. To enhance the chances of conception naturally, employing these principles can go a long way to making a pregnancy possible.
Read more about alternative treatments for infertility in this section.