• Infertility (Male/Female)

    If you and your partner are having difficulty conceiving a baby then I certainly understand your frustrations but want you to know that there is help available and much that you can do to stop this frustration and infertility. Infertile women may seem to be more common than infertile men, however it is a condition that can affect either of the sexes.

    So what causes infertility? According to the medical community the majority of the time infertility is caused by unknown reasons. Here are some other reasons listed for infertility;

    1. Ovulatory Failure (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) – This is also known as PCOS.
    2. Endometriosis
    3. Tubal Damage
    4. Male Issues

    If a couple fails to become pregnant, there is obviously something causing the problem. It’s not enough to label infertility as “unexplained”. The obvious answer to me, and I’m sure to you also, is to look deeper – at lifestyle factors, nutritional deficiencies and possibly even emotional elements that may be causing this problem and infertility.

    The natural approach to fertility has proven to be enormously successful, largely because fertility is multi-factorial, meaning that there are many, many elements that can be at the root of your fertility problems.

    A study conducted recently showed that couples with a previous history of infertility who made changes in their lifestyle, diet and took nutritional supplements had an 80 percent success rate in overcoming infertility.

    It’s definitely worth considering these options since the success rate for assisted conception is only around 20 percent. So your chances of getting pregnant are far better with natural remedies for infertility.

    Some Do’s and Dont’s when you and your partner are trying to get pregnant;

    1. Caffeine – There is plenty of evidence to show that caffeine, particularly in the form of coffee, decreases fertility. Drinking as little as one cup of coffee a day can halve your chances of conceiving. One study showed that problems with sperm: (sperm count, motility and abnormalities), increase with the number of cups of coffee drank each day. So you must realize now that it’s important to eliminate all caffeine-containing food and drinks for at least three to four months before trying to conceive. That includes sodas, chocolate, black teas and coffee, among other things.

    2. Alcohol – Alcohol will affect both partners. Actually, drinking any alcohol at all can reduce your fertility by half – and the more you drink, the less likely you are to conceive.

    3. Healthy Diet – Although it goes without saying that a healthy diet is crucial to a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby, many people are unaware of the fact that your diet can help to correct hormone imbalances that may affect your ability to conceive.

    4. Smoking – Smoking has definitely been linked with infertility in women. It can even bring on early menopause in some women. Smoking can decrease sperm count in men as well, making the sperm more sluggish, and it can increase the number of abnormal sperm. With men, the effects on fertility are increased with the number of cigarettes smoked.

    5. Xenoestrogens - When you are trying to conceive, one of the most important things you need to do is to keep your hormones in balance. It is extremely important to avoid anything that might cause an imbalance, and one of the main culprits is the xenoestrogens. One of the best ways to eliminate an excess intake of xenoestrogens is to buy organic produce for a few months before you try to conceive.

    So what CAN you do to help promote a healthy hormonal balance and treat infertility?

    There is a great deal of scientific knowledge about the use of nutritional supplements and their beneficial effects on both male and female fertility. As you will realize, these supplements can be very effective in re-balancing your hormones, as well as improving your and your partner’s overall health, which is extremely vital for successful conception.

    Supplements are beneficial and necessary because even the best diet in the world will not contain all the nutrients you need to give you the best chance of conceiving. Here are some supplements to consider;

    1. Zinc – Zinc has been the most widely studied nutrient in terms of fertility for both men and women. It is an essential component of genetic material and if there is a zinc deficiency it can cause chromosome changes in either you or our partner, leading to reduced fertility and an increased risk of miscarriage.

    2. Selenium – Selenium is an antioxidant that helps to protect your body from free radicals. Because of this, selenium helps to prevent chromosome breakage, which is known to be a cause of birth defects and miscarriages. Proper levels of selenium are also essential to maximize sperm formation. Blood selenium levels have been found to be lower in men with low sperm counts.

    3. Folic Acid – It is important, when you are trying to conceive, that you take Folic Acid for a period of a few months, at least, prior to conceiving. In addition to Folic Acid you also must take a B-Complex Vitamin as research has shown that all of the B Vitamins are essential in your pre-conception stage. It has also been shown that giving B6 to women who have trouble conceiving increases fertility and vitamin B12 has been found to improve low sperm counts both of which could be part of your problem right now.

    4. Vitamin E – Helps both the man and the woman improve their fertility.

    5. Vitamin C- another antioxidant which has benefits for both the male and the female in trying to conceive.

    6. Vitamin A – Vitamin A has important antioxidant properties, like vitamin C, and the consequences of Vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy can be devastating. One main thing that is known is that vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes.

    7. L-Carnitine – This amino acid is essential for normal functioning of sperm cells so it is important that the male partner is not deficient in this nutrient. According to research, it appears that the higher the levels of L-Carnitine in the sperm cells, the better the sperm count and motility.

    8. L-Arginine -This amino acid is found in many foods and the head of the sperm contains quite an exceptional amount of this nutrient, which is essential for sperm production. Therefore supplementing with L-arginine can help to increase both the sperm count and quality.

    There are also herbal remedies that can help with infertility issues. Please don’t give up until you have explored all of the natural remedies for infertility that are available for you. Look below this post for additional resources for you.

    Take the time to find the help and the natural treatment you need, and you’ll be able to get on with your life and enjoy it to the fullest. You deserve to be happy and healthy and pain-free.

    To Your Optimal Health,
    Chris

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