Facilitating Fertility

by / Thursday, 17 September 2015 / Published in Body Care, Fertility, Medical Care, Natural Medicine

Increasingly, more couples are experiencing challenges conceiving. Numerous variables like the increasing age of first-time moms who initially pursue career goals, decreased nutrient concentration in foods, and abnormal hormone cycles may all be contributing factors. For this reason, many couples seek Advanced Reproductive Technology (ART) for treatments such intrauterine insemination, egg preservation (cryopreservation) and in vitro fertilization. Surprisingly, there are numerous natural approaches that can be viable, cost-savvy options that actually work with the body to stimulate natural rhythms and cycles conducive for fertility. Here are some things to consider:

Normalizing hormones with oils and herbs: There are certain medicinal plants like Chaste Tree and Dong Quai as well as oils in sunflower and pumpkin seeds that naturally normalize estrogen and progesterone levels in women. This cycle is important because proper levels of estrogen trigger ovulation while sufficient levels of progesterone maintain a healthy pregnancy. In men, Ginseng and pumpkin seeds can improve fertility and promote quality sperm production.
Addressing nutrient deficiencies: Nutrient deficiencies may also cause unexplained infertility since hormones require certain vitamins and minerals for proper function. Additionally, viable sperm and egg production require certain nutrients. Often, birth abnormalities can also be associated with nutrient deficiencies. For example, the nutrient choline is not always included in prenatal vitamins though it can also help with proper neurological development in a fetus.
Avoiding toxin exposure: Another reasonable consideration that may impede fertility is toxin exposure. Numerous chemicals in plastic bottles, preserved foods and typical toiletries may contain ingredients that either mimic or decrease amounts of hormones and are formally known as endocrine disruptors. For example, phthalates are often used to make plastic food containers, plastic wrap and children’s toys. This chemical reduces testosterone levels in men and women.

In conclusion, be mindful that there are many other factors that may make it difficult to conceive – e.g. inflammation, stress hormones and abnormal sleeping patterns. Additionally, some herbs and vitamins (like high doses of vitamin A) can be detrimental for conception. Thus, seeking guidance from a licensed naturopathic doctor may be the key to facilitate fertility!

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