Reasons For Infertility: Why Infertility?

What Are The Real Causes Of Infertility And Can They Be Treated Naturally?

There are many reasons for infertility. Some are related to physiological dysfunctions like fibroids, endometriosis, thyroids problems, PCOS, hormonal imbalances and more. Others are more closely related to mental and emotional problems especially in connection with stress.

"Understanding the cause of infertility is very important in deciding which type of therapy is best for your specific case."

Be positive about your ability to solve your problems and learn as much as possible about your condition as you can. This knowledge will give you the power you need to help improve your situation and achieve a healthy pregnancy naturally.

Many couples have achieved healthy pregnancy after years of failed fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization after changing their dietary habits, making significant life style changes, taking fertility vitamins and natural remedies and doing yoga, and learning effective ways to release stress.

"You can get pregnant naturally, even if you have endometriosis, fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes, low sperm count, poor sperm motility, hormonal imbalance, luteal phase defect, irregular periods, poor egg quality, PCOS, etc."

The Real Cause of Infertility

"Epidemiological studies of reproductive effects in humans provided evidence of significant effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on human reproduction."

Non everybody will tell you that the root cause of infertility issues like fibroids, endometriosis, irregular periods, and hormonal problems is toxicity caused by chemicals in your food, water and environment. Endocrine disruptors are of course cause toxicity effects each person differently leading to different infertility problems and diagnosis.

Endocrine disruptors are substances that interfere with the production of natural hormones in the body. "A number of chemicals have been shown to disrupt female reproductive function, including follicular growth, ovulation, corpus luteum formation, fertilization, implantation and pregnancy." (Environ. Health Perspect. 106(1):11-56, 1998)

These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.

Female reproductive disorders have been studies to determine the role of endocrine-disrupting compounds. These studies demonstrated that that endocrine disruptors "contribute to numerous human female reproductive disorders and emphasize the sensitivity of early life-stage exposures." (Fertility and Sterility, 90(4): 911-940, 2008)

It is about time that fertility doctors start listening to what scientists in the field of ecology, epidemiology, endocrinology and toxicology have been saying for years. Instead of IVF and fertility drugs, as a solution to infertility, women need a treatment and a cure that counteracts the harmful effects of hormonal disruptors!

This is important not just for you, but for the daughter of your daughters and generations to come.

Reasons For Infertility & Specific Conditions

The information below discusses the major reasons for infertility and it is meant as a guide and not as diagnostic tool. Always talk to your health care practitioner about your symptoms to make sure you have the proper diagnosis for your unique circumstances.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are one of the many reasons for infertility in women. Fibroids are benign tumors of the smooth muscle of the uterus. They develop from the muscle cells of the uterus and grow to different sizes ranging from very small to very large. Some women of childbearing age experience distressful uterine fibroids symptoms, while most women with fibroids have no symptoms and may not require treatment. The presence of fibroids may prevent you from getting pregnant. Increased levels of estrogen in the body may be connected to fibroids growth.

Doctors now know that synthetic female hormones like estrogens and progestin accelerate fibroid growth. In fact, if a woman has fibroids they do their growing most during the reproductive years, pregnancy or when a woman is on the pill.

Herbal remedies can be very effective in helping addressing fibroid formation and growth. Herbs for Fibroids can help shrink fibroids naturally and help increase your chances of conception.

PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the leading reasons of infertility in women. Approximately 10% percent of women of childbearing age have it. PCOS symptoms include anovulatory and irregular cycles, weight gain, hirsutism, acne, infertility, depression, and blood glucose imbalance. Women with PCOS are at high risk of developing type II diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and infertility so it is very important to make the necessary steps to treat this condition. Following a specific PCOS diet is very important in addressing the symptoms and possible causes of this condition while increasing your chance of getting pregnant naturally.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is the due to the formation of endometrial tissue outside of the uterine cavity. This tissue grows in areas like the fallopian tubes, the ovaries, the colon, etc. During the female cycle, hormonal changes, cause this tissue is be subjected to hormonal stimulation, causing pain and scar tissue formation as a result.

Endometriosis is one of the reasons of infertility in women that causes the most damage within the reproductive organs and it can account for 40% of the cases. So, not all women with endometriosis will have trouble getting pregnant, but endometriosis will certainly make it more difficult. Endometriosis affects fertility in many ways. The main one is the formation of adhesions and scarring as a result of endometriosis, that can damage the ovaries and the fallopian tubes. Another factor is the over production of prostaglandins which interfere with ovulation, fertilization and embryo implantation.

Prostaglandins are produced by the uterine lining in high quantities during menstruation causing severe dysmenorrhea and heavy bleeding. Prostaglandins are required during the regulation of the menstrual cycle. When produced by the endometrial tissues implanted in other areas of the body it causes an inflammatory response. Natural health therapies for endometriosis aim to decreases inflammation by helping decrease prostaglandin production, address hormonal causes like endocrine disruptors and help the body break down scar tissue and endometrial implant formation. There is also an immunological component in the causes of endometriosis and possibly a toxic body condition. Herbal detox, immune support and hormonal regulation are also areas of natural help for endometriosis.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Among all the reasons for infertility, PID is the most overlooked, in my opinion. It is caused by infection of the pelvic cavity that might include the reproductive organs like ovaries, uterus, cervix, or fallopian tubes. The infection is usually caused by a sexually transmitted disease, such a s gonorrhea or chlamydia. Before conceiving, talk to your doctor and ask to be tested for these infections in order to be able to address them at once.

Hormonal Dysfunctions

Hormonal Dysfunctions are among the major reasons for infertility. It is due to exposure of hormonal disruptors present in the environment, food and water and sometimes it is due to prolonged use of oral contraceptives. Most women, who have difficulty getting pregnant , experience high FSH and poor progesterone production. These hormones are key in healthy ovulation. Many herbal remedies like Fertile XX, can be part of the solution to this problem.
Thyroid and adrenal insufficiency can also cause hormonal problems that affect ovarian function. These type of hormonal imbalances are often overlooked by many physicians, so make sure to ask for a complete hormonal fertility testing when talking to your doctor about your inability to conceive.

Luteal Phase Defect

This conditions is caused by the inability of the corpus luteum, produced by the egg follicle after ovulation, to produce enough progesterone hormone. The result is an inability of the fertilized egg to implant in the lining of the uterus. The surge of progesterone after fertilization is essential to signal the presence of the embryo, stimulate the thickening of the lining of the uterus, and prevent the menstrual period to occur. Specific fertility vitamins like B6 and herbal remedy Vitex Agnus castus can been used successfully to treat luteal phase defect because stimulate the production of progesterone supporting the second half of the cycle after ovulation.

Poor Quality of Cervical Mucus

If the cervical mucus that is required to keep the sperm healthy is poor in quality and quantity, fertilization will be compromised. To put it in simple terms: if you do not have fertile mucus at ovulation, you will not be able to conceive. You can increase fertile cervical mucus through diet and supplementation.

Autoimmunity

Autoimmune conditions are often reasons for infertility. When the cells of the immune system produce antibodies against the sperm, infertility is the result. The female immune system detects the presence of the spermatic cells as if they were foreign antigenic components that need to be removed and attacked. The production of anti-sperm antibodies leads to the inability of the sperm to travel to destination and fertilize the egg. Acupuncture and herbal remedies can be utilized to address autoimmunity related infertility.

Blocked Fallopian Tubes

An obstruction of the Fallopian tubes can prevent the mature egg released from to ovary to reach the uterus and the sperm cannot reach the egg preventing conception. In some cases the Fallopian tubes are only partially blocked and this factor increases the chances of ectopic pregnancy or tubal pregnancy.

Hydrosalpinx is a specific type of blockage of the Fallopian tubes where fluid fills the tube causing an increase in its diameter. The presence of the fluid prevents the sperm from meeting the egg and fertilize it. Blocked Fallopian tubes is among the most common reasons for infertility in women and it accounts for 20-40% of infertility cases.

Most women with blocked fallopian tubes are told that their only option of having a baby is through IVF, but it is possible to use natural therapies and techniques to unblock the tubes naturally before resorting to expensive fertility treatments.

Male Factor Infertility

The reasons for infertility in men are mostly related to the quality, quantity, motility and morphology of the sperm. Low sperm count is becoming more and more common in couples who are trying to conceive and it is often due to high stress levels, heavy metals, radiation, smoke, infections, mineral, and vitamin deficiency.
Scientific studies have reported a 50% drop in sperm count in males since the 1940s as a result of environmental pollution in the water, air and food. Men can also be subjected to hormonal problems that account for low sperm production. In some rare cases the male partner does not produce sperm cells at all (azoospermia), while in others the immune system prudes antibodies to their own sperm.
More and more men are producing defective sperm that cannot swim or that cannot penetrate the egg. Also, as women may have blocked Fallopian tubes, men ca have blocked ejaculatory ducts and the sperm cannot travel from the seminal vesicles to the urethra and be released during ejaculation. Treating most reasons for infertility in men with herbs and vitamins is possible.

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