Fertility, by definition is the ability to produce offspring. In the past fertility problems were thought to be due to problems only with the female reproductive system. Today science knows that the problem can be due to male or female infertility or both.
In medical terminology problems with fertility (infertility), is diagnosed when a couple has been trying to conceive for a year without success. Additionally, if a couple conceives but the woman has repeated miscarriages, this will also be diagnosed as infertility. Another diagnosis, secondary infertility, is when a couple has had 1 pregnancy and then cannot conceive again.
COMMON FERTILTY PROBLEMS
Fertility of both males and females decreases with age. Female fertility begins to decrease in the late twenties and male fertility decreases after the age of 35. As many couples wait until their 30’s and 40’s to begin a family, the number of couples experiencing fertility problems increases. Another factor contributing to fertility problems is lack of education. Women and their partners are not fully aware of the reproductive cycle, particularly the most fertile time of the cycle. This fact has made fertility calculators very popular. Hormonal imbalances, poor nutrition, and an overload of toxins in the body, are causes of fertility problems common to both sexes. There are, of course, fertility problems unique to each of the sexes.
FEMALE FERTILITY PROBLEMS
Failure to ovulate due to hormonal imbalances or blocked fallopian tubes can be a cause of female infertility. Endometriosis, fibroids, and an allergy to her partner’s sperm may also be causes of female infertility.
MALE FERTILITY PROBLEMS
Males may experience a low or absent sperm count. The male’s sperm may be unhealthy or have poor motility, keeping it from reaching or fertilizing the egg.
A holistic approach to fertility problems begins with education. Additionally, lifestyle and dietary changes may be recommended. Hormonal imbalances may be corrected with detox programs.
Conventional treatment for female fertility problems may include surgery to remove fibroids or treat endometriosis. Hormone replacement therapy may be advised. Endometriosis and fibroids may be treated holistically through nutritional and herbal techniques.
Sperm production, quality, and motility can be treated through nutritional techniques. If you are experiencing fertility problems seek a health care professional who is willing to look at both conventional and holistic approaches to your problem.
NUTRITIONAL TIPS TO INCREASE FERTILITY
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables preferably organic.
- Choose whole cereals: brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa etc.
- Include beans: garbanzos (chickpeas), aduki, haricot, lentils etc.
- Look for fresh unsalted nuts and seeds.
- Seek out free range or organic poultry, meat and eggs.
- Eat small fish from unpolluted sources.
- Choose organic dairy products or goat’s milk.
- Eat organic live yogurt several times a week.
- Use cold pressed unrefined oils and do not heat them: sesame, sunflower, olive oil.
- Cook only in a little organic butter or preferably ghee (clarified butter).
- Reduce fried foods.
- Use coffee substitutes: Caro, Bambu etc.
- Reduce regular tea and try herbal teas, fruit teas or weak green tea.
- Reduce sugar and replace with natural sweeteners: date syrup, argave, fruit juices, stevia.
- Replace alcohol with healthy non-alcoholic drinks without artificial sweeteners.
- Avoid additives and preservatives.
- Reduce exposure to chemicals in the home and garden.
- Avoid radiation.
- Give up smoking and drugs (except essential medication).
- Use a water filter and drink 8 glasses of pure water a day.
- Do not heat or store food in plastic containers.
- Avoid microwave and bar-b-que food.
- Consider a detox program.
Taking charge of your fertility and implementing lifestyle and nutritional changes and correcting nutritional deficiencies has been proven to correct infertility in many cases.
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