Cause Of Female Infertility & Natural Solutions

Infertility is an alarming modern epidemic affecting more couples than ever. 1 out of 6 couples today experience difficulty falling pregnant. Firstly, it is important to understand that chances for pregnancy occurring in healthy couples who are both under the age of 30 and having intercourse regularly is only 25 - 30% per month. A woman's peak fertility occurs in her early 20s and as a woman ages beyond 35 (and particularly after age 40), the likelihood of getting pregnant drops to less than 10% per month.

Causes of infertility include a wide range of physical as well as emotional factors. In females, scarring from sexually transmitted disease or endometriosis, ovulation dysfunction, poor nutrition, hormone imbalance, ovarian cysts, pelvic infection, tumor, or transport system abnormality from the cervix through the fallopian tubes is responsible for 40 - 50% of infertility in couples.

Advancing maternal age: Advancing age could be one of the main causes of infertility in women. As discussed before that ovulation slows down after the age of 35 and it becomes to achieve conception. Number of eggs produced also slows down after the age of 35 in women. Therefore, it is important that women who want to get pregnant should try early.

Irregular menstrual periods: If a woman has regular menstrual periods, occurring every 28-30 days, it indicates the normal ovulation process. Ovulation starts about two weeks before the start of next cycle. If a woman gets menstrual periods at intervals of greater than 35 days, it may indicate that ovulation is not proper. Ovulation of the egg is necessary for successful pregnancy. The most common disorders affecting normal ovulation include polycystic ovarian syndrome, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (from signaling problems in the brain), and ovarian insufficiency (from problems of the ovary). Therefore, if menstrual cycle is not regular, the couple should contact the physician.

History of sexually transmitted diseases or pelvic infections: Sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea or Chlamydia can cause inflammation of the fallopian tubes leading to permanent scarring. The fallopian tubes should be open for normal conception as fertilization of the mature egg takes place in the fallopian tube. A woman having history of pelvic infection of STD’s should consult the physician when trying for pregnancy.

Uterine fibroids and endometrial polyps: Uterine fibroids and endometrial polyps can cause impairment of the endometrium. Embryo does not find proper place for implantation. These abnormalities can cause irregular bleeding. Women having any such history should consult the doctor before trying for pregnancy.

Endometriosis: Endometriosis refers to a medical condition in which cells similar to the ones that line the uterine cavity are formed outside the uterine cavity. Endometriosis causes inflammation of the uterine membrane and result in pain and formation of normal egg.

Other Hidden Cause:  Tuberculosis is the cause of 10% to 15% of infertility cases among women. Usually, genital TB shows no symptoms, which is dangerous as it can go undetected for long. The TB virus spreads to either fallopian tubes or the uterus in women and severely damages the organs, leading to infertility. By the time it is detected, it is either too late for a woman to conceive or entails high risk of abortion. Therefore, it is advised to get a proper TB diagnosis done at the earliest.

Natural cure for female infertility
Natural therapies and strategies help to overcome the root cause of the problem by addressing different body systems all together rather than just giving symptomatic relief. There are different clinical conditions that combine together to produce infertility. Some natural cures for female infertility are discussed here and you may try these options for natural fertility.

Reduce exposure to toxic chemicals
Exposure to environmental toxins adversely affects the process of fertilization. There are certain chemical compounds in the nature that can alter hormonal functions in women. Some chemicals such as phthalates found in plastic food containers, IV bags, and medical supplies disrupt hormonal balance. The most important environmental toxins that should be avoided include pesticides, organic solvents such as petroleum based liquids, paint fumes and dry-cleaning chemicals.

Eat healthy fertility diet
Healthy diet is very essential for attaining successful pregnancy. Generally, anemic women or obese women fail to maintain pregnancy due to weakness of uterus. Therefore, it is important to start eating a well balanced diet so that right nutrients may reach every part of your body for normal functioning. Avoid eating too much sugar, increase intake of proteins and try to include organic foods in your diet. Scientists from the Harvard University School of Public Health advise women wanting to get pregnant to avoid all Trans fats. Trans fats are mostly listed as ‘hydrogenated fat’ or ‘hardened vegetable fat’ or simply ‘vegetable fat.’

Some of the key nutrients for fertility are zinc, selenium, magnesium, calcium, B12, B6, folic acid, vitamin C and omega-3fats.

Minimize animal-derived estrogens
Dairy products such as milk are considered to be the best sources of calcium. People fail to realize that cow’s milk is also rich in different hormones such as prolactin, oxytocin, melatonin, Lutenzing hormone, progesterone, etc. Excess intake of these hormones is associated with endometriosis and PCOS. Scientists recommend that best natural cure for endometriosis and PCOS is to avoid animal products.

Avoid coffee, smoking and alcohol
It is found that too much intake of coffee decreases fertility. A large study from Connecticut found as little as 1 cup of coffee per day increases the risk of not conceiving by 55 percent and if 2-3 cups per day increases the risk to 100 percent and continues to increase with an additional cup up to 176 percent. And women who drank coffee before and during pregnancy had twice the risk of miscarriage?

Alcohol causes harm to women's eggs and men's sperm and one glass can reduce fertility by 50 percent. Developing embryo can also get affected and may result in miscarriage. Smoking and recreational drugs can also reduce chances of conception. A study was done to test the effects of cigarette smoking on semen quality in men and found that sperm motility (ability to propel forward) reduced in people who smoke lightly while heavy smoking produced abnormal sperm shape. Scientists have discovered that quitting smoking may increase sperm count in men.

Exercise: Exercise helps in increasing fertility in men and women. Exercise helps to balance hormones and reduce stress. Blood supply to the reproductive organs increase.

Natural herbs:
Red Raspberry Leaf is a very commonly used herb to aid in boosting fertility, mainly because it tones the uterus, strengthening its lining and lengthens the luteal phase. Red raspberry leaf combined with Red Clover is recommended during attempts conceive, once pregnant consumption of this herb should cease.
Vitex is one of the most used herbs for boosting fertility in women. It helps regulate irregular menstrual cycles and heavy bleeding. It is great for women suffering from ovarian cysts and also women who are not ovulating regularly.
Dong Quai also help tone the uterus, and helps regulate female hormones promoting a healthy reproductive system.
Red Raspberry leaves serve as a soothing uterine tonic.
Chaste berry is an important herb that has helped women to get pregnant.
Black Cohosh is another effective herbal remedy that helps in the treatment of all female reproductive disorders.
Maidenwort, Motherwort & Mugwort can be used to dissolve ovarian cysts.

Note: IVF should be the last option after all natural treatment options have been exhausted. It should never be the first option. The rate of success of IVF is (on average) 25 percent per single attempt. Studies show that by following a natural preconception program prior to attempting IVF the success rate is increased to 47.1 percent per single attempt.

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