Conception is a well orchestrated miracle that can be influenced by a myriad of subtle and more obvious factors, which are often difficult to pinpoint with standard medical tests. When a couple is diagnosed with “unexplained Infertility” it means doctors can find no physical reason for the problem.
Generally speaking fertility is a corollary of good health. In secondary or “unexplained infertility” general health is often compromised and the “luxury” of being fertile is often put on standby. The effects of suboptimal nutrition, stress, environmental toxicity and sedentary lifestyles combined with the fact that many of us are delaying childbearing, are important reasons why fertility rates around the world are diminishing.
Nutrition is key to the treatment of secondary infertility. Every aspect of reproductive health is dependent on an adequate supply of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. There is plenty of evidence that animals given diets deficient in certain nutrients are unable to reproduce – the same is true for humans.
The effect of our 20th century “environmental burden” or toxicity on human reproductive capacity is something scientists are only just beginning to understand. One of the most dramatic effects is on men. An analysis of 61 studies on sperm counts has shown a considerable decline over the last 50 years and scientific evidence points to the exposure of chemicals and toxins as being causative. A targeted Detox Program for 3-6 weeks is often necessary at the commencement of a natural fertility treatment program to help detoxify &improve sperm health.
There is no doubt fertility is compromised by the fact that we are having children later in life. A woman’s fertility peaks in her twenties declines in thirties and declines further by her late thirties and early forties. The accepted dogma that men retain their fertility well into their fifties and beyond, is now being challenged and research is showing that there can be problems with male sperm as they age.
As we get older the body pays more attention to maintaining other systems and our body’s reproductive focus starts to decline. Our eggs and sperm (like any other cell in the body) respond to their environment so it seems logical that if we could encourage the body to return to more youthful levels of hormone balance, nutrients and blood flow, then the ovaries and sperm would benefit from an improvement in these parameters. Targeted naturopathic treatment that restores hormonal balance, optimal nutrient levels and overall reproductive health can make an enormous difference in achieving a successful pregnancy—with or without IVF.
In practice I often see women who have previously been diagnosed as “infertile” fall pregnant when certain problems change or appear. Often it is simply a case of their “wellness factor”, energy levels improving or positive changes in their menstrual cycles including the presence of fertile mucous (an essential medium for sperm transport) that soon herald conception.
Whether it is a general issue of poor health or a subtle imbalance in hormones, natural fertility support aims to help men and women identify their fertile body signs and take control of their health to help orchestrate miracles naturally (just add love!).
B.Sc.; Adv.Cert.N.F.M; Cert.Clin.Acup; M.A.T.M.S
Naturopathic Medicine Practitioner, Natural Fertility Specialist and Acupuncturist
Rebecca is a natural fertility expert who is highly experienced in treating a wide range of gynaecological health issues, including male and female infertility, PMT, period pain, endometriosis, hormonal irregularities and menopause.