Addressing Root Causes of Infertility-Naturally

Infertility affects more couples than ever.  1 out of 6 couples today experience difficulty falling pregnant.  What was once seen as a woman’s problem is now known to affect men equally.  But what are the causes of infertility and what can be done to address them naturally?

IVF is far less safe and less effective than we are often led to believe.  As well as being invasive and prohibitively expensive for many. IVF treatments carry a substantial health risk to both the mother and baby.

ART do not address the root causes of infertility.  These causes include:  nutritional deficiencies, toxin exposure, stress, food intolerances to, allergies and immune deficiencies.  These factors interact syngeristically to impact the quality of your eggs and sperm, affecting your ability to conceive and the health of your embryo.

Treatments cost thousands of dollars – $5,000 to $150,000 per live birth is typical.  Couples are starting to examine more closely the potential health complications for mother and child and are turning to complementary and alternative treatment options.

Most feel IVF is safe.  Multiple studies have reported a high risk of birth deformity including brain disorders, developmental delays and genital malformations.  Scientists have warned mothers who undergo IVF treatments of increased health risks to reproductive organs including uterine cancer in later life.

10 Strategies you can immediately implement to treat infertility and boost fertility naturally –

  • Minimize your exposure to chemicals
  • Don’t drink unfiltered tap water
  • Aim to eat an optimal fertility diet
  • Minimize animal derived estrogens
  • Avoid food intolerances – especially gluten and dairy
  • Have an STD check
  • Allow yourself 120 days before trying to conceive
  • Avoid coffee, smoking and alcohol
  • Take a good quality preconception and pregnancy supplement

Natural fertility treatments are generally more effective, as well as being cheaper, safer and less invasive.  They also offer better long-term health outcomes for both mother and baby.  Infertility for the majority of couples, is not an incurable disease.  It’s more a temporary condition caused by nutritional deficiencies and excessive toxin accumulation.  Good preparation will minimize the chance of complications and heartache down the road and insure the healthiest baby possible.

Contact me for more in-depth information and to development your road map to conception.

 

Side Effects and Costs of Fertility Treatments-Optimize Natural Fertility First!

IVF should never be the first choice for fertility issues and should only be used once all has been done to address the underlying causes.  Optimizing reproductive health through natural means first is the most beneficial to mom and baby.

Technology, while it has its place, cannot prevent disease nor enhance one’s well-being and overall health.  Infertility treatments are no different.  There is a place for assisted reproductive technology and sometimes it is the only viable option.  You can actually do ART and natural methods to double your chances of success with ART.  Studies have shown that couples going through IVF are 47% more successful if they used pre-conceptual health care first.

Financial Costs of ART – In the US an average IVF cycle costs between $10,000 and $20,000.  Additional charges apply if you choose a donor, artificial insemination and freezing.  Health care usually does not cover the newer procedures.  For women over 40 IVF is up to 4 times less cost effective.

Health Risks of ART – IVF drugs have been shown to be dangerous for the health of mothers as well as babies and there is no clear evidence they increase a woman’s chances of conceiving.  There is a high risk of birth deformity and severe health problems associated with IVF births.  One study in 2005 showed 43 babies out of every thousand conceived using IVF techniques suffered from a variety of abnormalities including genetic deformities, brain disorders, developmental delays and genital malformations.

One study indicated significantly higher risks of long-term medical problems for children conceived via artificial means and advised that the children should be monitored well into adulthood – there is no long-term data available at this time about their health.

Studies show that there is:

  • 20% – 34% higher risk of miscarriage
  • 55% increased risk of pre-eclampsia
  • 155% increased risk of stillbirth
  • 170% – 200% increased risk of low birth rate

Another study conducted in 2007 showed children conceived through IVF visit hospitals more times than naturally conceived children.  It was stated that infections, respiratory ad inflammatory diseases and neurological disorders were more common among those born after IVF.

High unnatural does of artificial hormones play havoc with a woman’s body and mind which impacts their mental health.  They have a higher rate of depressive symptoms and major depression.  Couples become emotionally and physically broke after repeated IVF cycles.

After you’ve optimized your natural fertility which will make you healthier in the long run and increase your odds for conception, IVF may be a choice.  Using preconception health care with IVF minimizes all the risks to you and your baby’s health.

 

 

“Listening to Mothers” – Benefits of Midwifery and Doula Support

Each year, more than four million women give birth around the world.  This means, no matter what you may be going through, and no matter how alone you might feel in the process, chances are someone else has experienced the exact same thing at one time or another.  Last year, the Maternity Center Association launched a nationwide survey evaluating the experiences of 1,600 recently pregnant women.  The breakthrough study, “Listening to Mothers,” was designed to “provide healthcare providers, pregnant and parenting women, and the general public with a more complete understanding of the childbearing experience as it is experienced in America today.”

Overall, the survey revealed a high percentage of women reporting generally positive experiences from pregnancy to postpartum.  Among those reporting positive experiences, special emphasis was placed on the role that the labor support team played in their birthing experience.  Doulas and midwives ranked higher than any other member of the labor support team, and were strongly associated with lower levels of pain medications during labor.  Despite this, only five percent of the women surveyed reported having used the help of a doula or midwife.  This research would indicate that doula and midwife care is a sorely underused resource that, when used, can bring a range of benefits to both mother and child.

Doula support has been found to be helpful for:

  • A very high number of positive birth outcomes
  • Women were less likely to have pain relief medications administered
  • They were less likely to have a cesarean birth
  • Having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40% and requests for an epidural by 60%

 

 

Harmful Health Impacts of Fertility Drugs for Women Looking to Become Pregnant

Are there harmful health effects of Fertility drugs for women who wish to become pregnant? Fertility drugs are the most common treatment for women having trouble reproducing; the drugs are given to promote hormonal release and ovulation regulation.  The drugs are often times taken in conjunction with vitro fertilization as a holistic approach to reproductive issues.

One common type of fertility drug is Clomid/Serophene.   This is usually the first medication given to women who are having problems reproducing and is created for those who are experiencing abnormal ovulation.  Brand names include hypothalamus and clomiphene.

These drugs target the brain in hopes that it will begin to release hormones that produce eggs in the ovary.  Women orally take these drugs once per day for five specific days during the menstrual cycle;  60% – 80% of women will successfully ovulating after taking the drug, and about half will become pregnant.

When Clomid is unsuccessful, doctors will promote the use of injectable hormones which also promote ovulation.  There are several brand names for these drugs and all aim to directly implant hormones into the body.  The injections begin on the second or third day of the menstrual cycle and may be given in addition to oral drugs.  Many women are then able to ovulate with an additional 50% of those women becoming pregnant.

Despite the fact that doctors approve drugs like these as a plausible solution to their infertility issues, there are also many risks involved.  Multiple births are common among pregnancies induced by drugs, especially twins.  Clomid leaves couples with a 10% chance of producing twins with other reproductive drugs chances increase to as high as 30%.

Women also must be warned the chances of developing Ovarian hyperstimulation Syndrome upon taking these drugs.  This takes place when the ovaries become abnormally large and fill with fluid and is released into the women’s body.

Here are some quick tips that you can do today to enhance your fertility:

 

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