Natural Fertility Solutions
So you’ve decided it’s time to grow your family. You’re comfortable with the level of stability in your life, you’ve put things in order, you’re prepared for parental leave.
And then, when it comes time to conceive… nothing.
Infertility can be a heartbreaking realization, but there is hope.
There are a number of natural treatments for fertility which may help you or your partner conceive a child.
Keep reading to find out more.
What Causes Women’s Infertility?
While it may feel isolating and frightening to learn that you’re having trouble getting pregnant, you may take comfort in knowing that nearly 20% of Canadian families are going through the same problem.
Sometimes, it may be related to your partner’s inability to produce quality sperm. In other cases, it may be related to something beyond your control.
One of them is age. As you grow older, so do your eggs. As a result, women under age 35 have a higher likelihood of being able to conceive a child. A woman under 30 has about a 20% chance of conceiving a child during any given cycle, whereas a woman age 40 has about a 5% chance. There’s not much you can do about age.
However, other factors may be at play, including:
A Thyroid Disorder
Hypothyroidism can affect the health of your sexual organs. If your body isn’t producing enough thyroid hormone, it may interfere with your ovaries’ ability to release eggs.
A Uterine/Ovarian Disorder
Endometriosis is a condition where uterine tissue grows in other locations, which can lead to scarring in your fallopian tubes. Meanwhile, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can create a major hormonal imbalance in your body. Both of these disorders have been linked with infertility.
As mentioned above, both PCOS and hypothyroidism can cause hormonal imbalances. However, if you have an imbalance in luteinizing hormone or follicle-stimulating hormone, it may prevent you from ovulating properly.
If you’re dealing with chronic stress, it can become more difficult to get pregnant. One of the markers we can use to measure this is the level of the enzyme alpha-amylase in your body. If it’s high, it’s a good sign there are a number of other factors at play which can contribute to your fertility concerns.
Some pharmaceutical medications can interfere with your ability to become pregnant. Unsurprisingly, birth control pills are one example, but this group also includes prescription anti-inflammatories, which may temporarily interrupt your ovulation cycle.
What Causes Men’s Infertility?
Worldwide, about half of all infertility cases involve the quantity and quality of sperm.
Though the causes vary from person to person, it’s interesting to note that the average sperm count worldwide has been decreasing significantly over the last century. In fact, it’s down by nearly half.
So what is a healthy sperm count? It’s considered to be about 15 million sperm per millilitre, or about 40 million sperm per semen sample.
Here are some of the more common reasons for male infertility – many of them are similar to women’s.
A Thyroid Disorder
Like women, hypothyroidism can interfere with sexual function. It’s more common in women, but not unheard of in men.
When you feel stress, your body responds in the same way it would if you were facing a real danger. It takes resources from your sexual organs, among other things, and diverts it to your awareness, muscles, and other parts you need to get away from danger. Chronic stress can lead to reduced sperm quantity and quality.
Certain prescription drugs can interfere with sperm production. These include antipsychotic drugs like lithium, some antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and anti-androgens.
Natural Solutions For Infertility
Nutrition is an important factor for fertility – people of all genders may have reproductive issues if they suffer from poor nutrition.
However, whether it’s nutrition or another factor at play, the health practitioners at Mahaya Health can help.
The first step is to explore the underlying issues causing your infertility.
If your issues are related to anxiety, depression, or stress over performance, you may benefit from psychotherapy sessions to explore these issues and build better coping mechanisms. Many of us have anxieties or fears surrounding sex. Working through these issues can make a difference in not only helping you get pregnant, but improving your relationship and sex life in general. You may also benefit from acupuncture treatment or registered massage therapy to help ease your stress and relieve tension in your body, which may contribute to infertility.
If your issues are related to a hormonal imbalance, naturopathic medicine can help you balance them. This may help with your fertility, and can help improve your general quality of life.
Treatment from an osteopathic manual practitioner or a physiotherapist might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fertility treatments, but there is a growing body of evidence showing it can help as well.
Whatever it is that’s causing your fertility issues, Mahaya Health can help.
We’ll work to uncover the root cause of your concerns, and if there’s a known issue, we’ll provide you with a treatment plan designed to address it.