Infertility


Infertility is when a couple cannot get pregnant (conceive), despite having regular unprotected sex.

Around one in seven couples may have difficulty conceiving. This is approximately 3.5 million people in the UK.

About 84% of couples will conceive naturally within one year if they have regular unprotected sex.

For every 100 couples trying to conceive naturally:

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For couples who have been trying to conceive for more than three years without success, the likelihood of pregnancy occurring within the next year is 25% or less.

Infertility: A Self Assessment Guide

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EAT WELL - A balanced diet will help ensure a woman’s body is healthy enough to conceive and nourish a developing baby. A healthy diet can also help to keep sperm production at optimum levels.

WATCH YOUR WEIGHT - Being overweight or underweight can disturb the menstrual cycle.

TAKING SUPPLEMENTS - The government recommends that all women trying for a baby should take 400mcg of folic acid a day to help protect against conditions such as spina bifida.

DRINK WISELY - Alcohol may affect fertility and increase the risk of miscarriage as well as affecting sperm quality. Government guidelines advise no more than one to two units once or twice a week for women and two to three for men.

QUIT SMOKING - Smoking has been linked to infertility and early menopause in women and sperm problems in men, as well as being a factor in a premature or low birth-weight babies.

BEWARE DRUGS - Some prescription drugs can lessen your chances of conceiving, so if you are taking regular medication and want to try for a baby, talk to your GP about alternatives. Street drugs such as marijuana and cocaine should obviously be avoided.

BE ACTIVE - Regular, moderate exercise of around 30 minutes a day helps maximise your fitness and keeps your weight in check (see above). It also boosts levels of endorphins, the body’s own happy hormones which may help to get you both through this stressful time.

KEEP IT COOL - For maximum sperm production the testes should be a couple of degrees cooler than the rest of your body. So it may help men to wear loose fitting underwear and trousers and to avoid activities that boost the temperature of the testes such as saunas and hot showers.

Boost your fertility

Here’s what you both can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant as well as lowering the risk of complications during pregnancy.

Infertility is often thought of as a female concern, but in fact in nearly a third of cases (32 per cent) it is because of male problems, such as a low sperm count. Conditions affecting the woman’s fertility can include damage to the fallopian tubes (16.7 per cent of cases), ovulatory problems (4.9 per cent), endometriosis (3 per cent) and conditions affecting the uterus (0.3 per cent). Sometimes it can be a combination of factors that account for infertility (17 per cent of cases) and sometimes there is simply no identifiable reason (18.7 per cent).

What can go wrong?


FOR MEN - Sometimes a man does not produce enough sperm (known as a low sperm count), or the sperm are not of a sufficiently high quality to fertilise the egg. It is also possible that there are problems with the tubes that carry sperm. If a man finds it difficult to get an erection, or has trouble ejaculating, sperm may not reach his partner’s vagina.

FOR WOMEN - Sometimes a woman’s ovaries do not release eggs, or the fallopian tubes can be blocked or damaged, which means that eggs are not carried from the ovaries to the womb. This can also prevent a fertilised egg from reaching the womb, or prevent sperm from reaching and fertilising one of the eggs.

There can also be problems with the womb lining, which mean that a fertilised egg is prevented from implanting successfully. There may not be enough lubricating mucus from the neck of the womb, the consistency of the mucus could be too thick or it could affect the ability of the sperm to swim towards an egg.

Underlying Fertility Factors


FOR WOMEN - Previous surgery, for example for appendicitis, cancer or an ovarian cyst, may have caused scar tissue, which is blocking your fallopian tubes. Infections such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea can scar the fallopian tubes and prevent sperm from reaching an egg. You may be suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome, which is caused by hormonal imbalances, making ovulation erratic: symptoms include heavy, irregular or absent periods, weight gain, acne and excess body hair. Endometriosis, where tissue similar to the womb lining grows elsewhere leading to inflammation, pain and scarring, can also damage the fallopian tubes and ovaries.

Other conditions that can have an impact on your fertility include diabetes, epilepsy, thyroid and bowel diseases, as well as gynaecological problems such as a previous ectopic pregnancy or more than one miscarriage. Being overweight or underweight can also affect how easily you conceive. If you have a body mass index (BMI) of over 29 or under 19, for example, you may find it more difficult to get pregnant

FOR MEN - If you have ever had inflamed testes, usually caused by a virus such as mumps, or drug treatment or radiotherapy, your sperm production may have been affected. Genetic problems are another possible reason for sperm abnormalities. A previous bacterial infection can cause scarring and blockage of the tubes, while surgery, for example to correct a hernia, undescended testes or twisted testicles, can damage the tubes or impair blood flow to the testes. Diabetes, medication or surgery on the urinary tract can cause retrograde ejaculation, when sperm travels backwards. Being overweight can also affect the quality and quantity of sperm. A job that brings you into contact with chemicals or radiation is another factor to consider.

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Therapy for Infertility


One of the most saddening things about the traditional medical approach to infertility is that the treatments offered often go against nature, often forcing a woman to take vast quantities of pharmaceutically manufactured ‘fake’ hormones rather than holistically assessing the problem. As you can imagine from reading the ‘boost your fertility’ section above, your lifestyle itself can often be the most adversely contributing factor.

The stress and strain of modern living makes it harder for many people to conceive … even just the simplest thing such as a sedentary occupation for a male (increasing the temperature of the testes) can impact upon his effectiveness in this regard without considering the dietary restrictions that such lifestyle conveys.

Most times, my infertility treatments begin with a cleanse and detoxification. A spirit will not want to come into a body that is corrupt from within, thus changing the lifestyle and cleansing the body is an essential element in my treatment protocol. Furthermore, relaxation and stress management can serve to make it easier for you to live your life … but more importantly have some energy in reserve for bedroom activities. Lethargy is NOT conducive to pregnancy in nature.

Finally, a combination of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) techniques are available to examine, assess and treat any underlying psychological, physiological, or spiritual condition that may be sitting as the root cause of the infertility problem.

Nothing is guaranteed, but my success rate in this respect is better than IVF … and much healthier for both you and your coming child.

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