Infertility is the inability of a person to reproduce by natural means. It is usually not the natural state of a healthy adult organism, except notably among certain eusocial species (mostly haplodiploid insects).
Infertility may describe a woman who is unable to conceive as well as being unable to carry a pregnancy to full term. There are many biological and other causes of infertility, including some that medical intervention can treat.
About 40% of the issues involved with infertility are due to the man, another 40% due to the woman, and 20% result from complications with both partners.
Women who are fertile experience a natural period of fertility before and during ovulation, and they are naturally infertile during the rest of the menstrual cycle. Fertility awareness methods are used to discern when these changes occur by tracking changes in cervical mucus or basal body temperature.
Demographers tend to define infertility as childlessness in a population of women of reproductive age, whereas the epidemiological definition refers to “trying for” or “time to” a pregnancy, generally in a population of women exposed to a probability of conception. The time needed to pass (during which the couple tries to conceive) for that couple to be diagnosed with infertility differs between different jurisdictions. Existing definitions of infertility lack uniformity, rendering comparisons in prevalence between countries or over time problematic. Therefore, data estimating the prevalence of infertility cited by various sources differs significantly. A couple that tries unsuccessfully to have a child after a certain period of time is sometimes said to be subfertile, meaning less fertile than a typical couple. Both infertility and subfertility are defined as the inability to conceive after a certain period of time (the length of which vary), so often the two terms overlap.
In many cultures, inability to conceive bears a stigma. In closed social groups, a degree of rejection (or a sense of being rejected by the couple) may cause considerable anxiety and disappointment. Some respond by actively avoiding the issue altogether; middle-class men are the most likely to respond in this way.
Our society is profoundly sick and infertility is part of the problem. Infertility is a sign that something is wrong in and it should be solved. There are many factors that can cause infertility, so conventional treatment is rarely effective. Reproductive medicine and other artificial hormones can impair infertility.
The following causes of infertility may only be found in females. For a woman to conceive, certain things have to happen: intercourse must take place around the time when an egg is released from her ovary; the system that produces eggs has to be working at optimum levels; and her hormones must be balanced.
Infertility: causes and natural treatment
Common causes of infertility of females include
- ovulation problems (e.g. polycystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS, the leading reason why women present to fertility clinics due to anovulatory infertility.
- tubal blockage
- pelvic inflammatory disease caused by infections like tuberculosis
- age-related factors
- uterine problems
- previous tubal ligation
- advanced maternal age
The main cause of male infertility is low semen quality. In men who have the necessary reproductive organs to procreate, infertility can be caused by low sperm count due to endocrine problems, drugs, radiation, or infection. There may be testicular malformations, hormone imbalance, or blockage of the man’s duct system. Although many of these can be treated through surgery or hormonal substitutions, some may be indefinite. Infertility associated with viable, but immotile sperm may be caused by primary ciliary dyskinesia.
What are most common causes infertility?
There are a lot of factors, but some of them could be:
- hormonal imbalance
- polycystic ovarian syndrome
- anovulatory cycles
- physical and mental blockage
- insufficient production of hormones
- high levels of prolactin
A very large role play poor nutrition and exposure to toxic environment. Age plays a much smaller role before menopause, than believed nowadays.
An interesting fact is that changes in lifestyle and diet can make a huge step in the fight against infertility. This often helps to solve problems such as obesity, lack of energy, blood sugar problems, skin problems and insomnia.
How to conceive?
Getting pregnant may take some time, especially if you do not know when is your ovulation. Many women often miss the day of ovulation, because they do not know exactly when is their day. It comes down to this – to know how exactly your body works. If you are not sure when is your ovulation, you must learn how to predict your period.
Make regular sex
According to experts the best time to get pregnant is every two days during the cycle. Make sure that ovulation is between 12th and 16th day of your cycle and that the luteal phase (time between ovulation and menstruation) is at least 10-12 days. Your chances of conceiving rise if woman is in missionary position with the pelvis tilted up using a pillow. After sex is nice to stay lying on her back for 15-20 minutes.
This undoubtedly is the most important step. Many women are turning to low fat diets and increased fiber intake, in an attempt to lower the weight and increase fertility. It is true, that weight loss can increase it, but thus, you deprive your body from necessary proteins and fats, needed for the production of hormones.
To increase the chance of conception
- remove sugar , cereals and farina from your diet
- use natural fats, eating more coconut, coconut oil, olives, olive oil, eggs, avocado, nuts
- eat lots of green leafy vegetables (lettuce, spinach, lopush), broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage,
- avoid processed dairy products (cream and ghee)
- drink about four liters of water a day (urine should be very bright)
- control the level of insulin
The most important and essential factor, is the lack of fat and protein in diet. Your body can only produce the necessary hormones, and it is often the cause of infertility.
Release your body from toxins
Many couples overcome infertility by just clean their bodies of toxins. Avoid the following ingredients in body products, because they can disrupt the functioning of hormones and from there, the ability to conceive:
- sodium lauryl sulfate in shampoos
- mineral oil creams
- sodium fluoride in toothpaste
- diethanolamine and triethanolamine
- parabens in shampoos, conditioners and creams
- benzoic acid
- isopropyl alcohol
Every physician knows that smoking, drugs, high intake of caffeine may impair fertility in women. More factors are:
- lack of sleep
- exposure to toxins
- lack of exercise or excessive training
Sufficient sleep is necessary for the production of many hormones. Women with low levels of melatonin and serotonin have a short luteal phase (time between ovulation and menstruation) and therefore have less chance of conception.
Dietary supplements and herbs, increasing fertility and conception
In some women great effect have some natural supplements. For example, fish oil (improving fertility) helps for a healthy pregnancy. Useful fat in it, and the high content of omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce inflammation, and promote the proper production of hormones. Helpful herbs are:
leaves of raspberry – it’s a herb improving fertility, that has very good nutritional value and high in calcium. It can use it in the form of hot or cold tea.
nettle leaves – this herb is rich in chlorophyll and supplies very well kidneys. It helps reducing stress and is great for getting nutrients. Contains vitamin K, which prevents bleeding.
dandelion – it contains many micro elements and vitamins A and C. The leaves of this herb have a diuretic effect, but the root has a beneficial effect on the liver.