Infertility • Natural Home Treatment

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive children.

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RISK FACTORS

For women:

  • Alcohol use
  • Being underweight
  • Cancer treatment
  • Endometriosis
  • Excess weight
  • Inactivity
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Over-activity (for extreme athletes)
  • Painful periods
  • Previous miscarriages
  • Tobacco use

For men:

  • Excess weight
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Heredity
  • High temperatures before sexual activity
  • Inactivity
  • Los sperm count
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Small testicles
  • Swelling in the scrotum
  • Testicular or prostate issues
  • Tobacco use

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Both partners would be tested . Treatment for men might be altering habits (including diet and physical activity), medication, surgery or sperm retrieval.

Treatment for women might be fertility drugs that stimulate ovulation, intrauterine insemination, or surgery. There are other possibilities, all dependent on cause and condition.

SELF TREATMENT

Others have claimed benefits from the suggestions below. They are offered for further research.

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against physical disorders. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. Get checked out for hormonal imbalances.  Eating a healthy, balanced diet (like The Zone Diet) can help to balance your body’s hormones.  There is also a Natural Fertility Diet.

Studies support the idea that what you eat matters for fertility. What you don’t eat or smoke or drink also matters. If you want to micro-manage your diet for fertility, there are diets designed for each phase of the reproductive cycle, but that’s beyond the scope of this entry.

FOODS THAT MAY INCREASE OR SUPPORT FERTILITY

  • Antioxidant-rich foods
  • Bone broth
  • Carrots
  • Choline-rich foods
  • Experiment with a gluten-free diet for six months.
  • Grains—if you must eat them, let them be whole grains.
  • More plant proteins and less red meat
  • Oatmeal for the GLA—slow cooking, steel-cut
  • Omega 3-rich foods
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Vitamin C-rich foods
  • Whole milk and yogurts

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID OR REDUCE

  • Alcohol
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Caffeine
  • Drugs
  • Food Additives
  • Pesticides
  • Processed foods
  • Processed sugars
  • Smoking
  • Steroids (men)
  • Trans fats

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • “Fertili Tea,” a commercial blend
  • Chasteberry
  • Conceptions Tea (you can make at home)
  • Nettle leaf
  • Red raspberry leaf tea
  • Vitex

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Ashwagandha
  • Black Cohosh
  • Burdock Root
  • Chasteberry
  • Dong Quai
  • Ginger
  • Ho-Shou-Wu
  • Licorice (dangerous once pregnant)
  • Sarsaparilla (dangerous once pregnant)
  • Stevia
  • Wild Yam
  • Yellow dock

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically on your skin in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.) or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find “conception” recipes for blends on the web or create your own.

  • Anise seed
  • Basil
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Clary sage
  • Coriander
  • Damiana
  • Eucalyptus
  • Evening Primrose oil
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa
  • Myrrh
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Rose otto
  • Sage
  • Sweet fennel
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Yarrow
  • Ylang Ylang

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

  • Antioxidants
  • Co Q-10
  • Cod liver oil (for Omega 3’s and Vitamin A). Synthetic Vitamin A can be toxic.
  • FertileCM
  • FertileDetox
  • FH Pro
  • Folic acid (or eat more leafy greens)
  • Gelatinized Maca root for excess estrogen
  • Multivitamins
  • Myo-Inositol
  • OvaBoost
  • Probiotics
  • Royal Jelly
  • Vitamin C supplementation for low progesterone and for male sperm quality

HYDRATION

Drinking water affects your cervical fluid so don’t get dehydrated. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are trying to conceive it is as important not to overdo exercise as it is to exercise too little. Over-exercising can cause ovulation to stop. Moderation is the key so try to exercise for 30 minutes to an hour every day—moderately.


EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to stay mellow. Don’t be impatient; many women try for a year before conceiving. The older you get, the longer it may take. Do what you need to be peaceful. Take walks in the woods, meditate, do yoga or tai chi, talk to a friend; whatever it takes.

SLEEP

Inadequate sleep may cause damage to eggs, affecting fertility. Leptin, which is a reproductive hormone, is affected by loss of sleep. Melatonin, which is produced during sleep, has a protective role for eggs.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Avoid douching, which will interfere with your perfect pH.
  • Be sure you are ovulating.  There are over-the-counter kits available.  If you don’t get a positive result for a few months, consult your doctor.  You may need a more sophisticated test.
  • Check your thyroid function, which is related to fertility.
  • Get as close to your ideal body weight as possible to increase chances that your body can store estrogen properly. The “fertility zone” is considered a BMI of 18.5 to 24.
  • Have progesterone levels checked and if they are low, be sure to eat a whole food diet with plenty of fiber, which helps to regulate excess estrogen.
  • If you need a lubricant, egg whites are thought to have minimal impact on sperm motility.
  • Illness affects sperm count, so don’t expect to be at peak condition for baby-making during or for a while after an illness.
  • Men, abstain from sex for a few days before a woman expects to ovulate.
  • Men, keep that cell phone away from your genitals.
  • Seed Cycling
  • Sleep in total darkness to help with production of melatonin.
  • The older you are, the more likely you may have fraternal twins, so be prepared.
  • Try to have intercourse when you are ovulating.  A rough estimate is that you ovulate about two weeks before the start of a period.  So have intercourse a few days before that predicted date, a few days after, and every day in between.
  • Vaginal Steam treatment (can be done at home)

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CAUTIONS

There are many herbs, and teas made with herbs, that are dangerous during pregnancy. . Some that are good for conception are not good during pregnancy.  Use caution and do your research.

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