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When talking about infertility we often think of the big things.. PCOS, fibroid, Infection, etc but some little things wreck more havoc than the big one......
Let's start with cervical mucus
Did you know that cervical mucus is important for fertility? most women think it just for the ease of penetration for intercourse, I'm wet " or "my body is moved,," but it's not only for that. Cervical mucus a woman produces actually helps in conception efforts. Here’s how…
The cervix produces different types of mucus depending on where a woman is at in her menstrual cycle. Just after menstruation, the cervix produces a fluid that is thick and acidic which is designed to prevent sperm from entering the vagina. This is known as infertile mucus.
Fertile cervical mucus (CM), also known as cervical fluid (CF) is produced by your cervix as ovulation approaches. Cervical mucus is necessary for allowing the sperm to swim freely through the cervix.
To support healthy cervical mucus production, we must consider herbs that supply essential fatty acids, especially omega-6. Herbs that are demulcent and bitter are supportive of mucous membrane function. We must also be sure to stay hydrated When talking of hydration, water green tea, rooibos tea are good. Carbonated drinks are a No! No!!
Herbs that increase circulation to the genitals may also be helpful.
Borage seed oil (Borago officinalis): High in omega-6 essential fatty acids, Borage seed oil works to increase cervical mucus and balance hormones.
Dandelion leaf and root (Taraxacum officinale): This bitter herb is stimulating to the mucous membranes, which causes them to secrete fluids. Dandelion is a very nutritive herb, helping to support liver health for hormonal balance.
Evening Primrose Oil, cold-pressed seed (Oenothera biennis): This oil is high in omega-6 essential fatty acids. It works to increase cervical mucus and balance hormones.
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For women that have low or no cervical fluid, it is harder for the sperm to reach the vagina and beyond for conception. In some cases, there may not be a friendly environment for the sperm to sustain themselves. A woman may have
developed anti-sperm antibodies, (ASA)
have some type of infection (yeast or bacterial infection, STD)
, or may eat a diet high in acidic foods which may cause Cervical Hostility.
CAUSES OF LOW CERVICAL MUCUS
Not enough water intake each day
.Poor circulation to the reproductive organs; sedentary lifestyle.
Hormonal imbalance may cause changes to the entire menstrual cycle, which may inhibit the production of fertile cervical mucus.
Both low progesterone and estrogen levels may cause low cervical mucus production.
Fertility medications containing hormones can alter fertile cervical mucus production.
Cervical fibroid (very rare) also can be a factor
NATURAL OPTIONS FOR INCREASING CERVICAL MUCUS
▶Drink a lot of water throughout the day. This may be all you need, drink more water. Cervical mucus is made up of 90% water so drink up to 8 glasses a day
▶Be sure you are getting enough essential fatty acids each day in your diet. If you cannot get these through the foods you are eating, you may want to consider taking a complete omega supplement which contains omega 3, 6 and 9.(Omega plus)
▶Supplementation of L-Arginine helps to promote cervical mucus by supporting the production of nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels and helps to increase blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and genitals. (Skin Hair & Nail)
▶Many herbs can support the health of our mucous membranes, including how they function. Many of those same herbs also support hormonal balance, which is necessary for appropriate cervical fluid changes.
Asparagus, St Johns Wort, Dandelion, Borage oils Spirulina, wheat germ ( 40+ women, Omega +, Buchu, royal jelly and immune booster)
If at all you use a lubricant to aid sex to avoid perfumed lubricants and opt for a natural brand
Remember the. production of healthy cervical mucus is vital for conception, as it supports the sperm in reaching the ova.
SLEEP DEPRIVATION AND INFERTILITY
When talking to couples don't be afraid to ask about their sleep patterns
You spend the night thinking about TTC, you toss and turn and by morning you are drained.....you are sleep deprived. Recent research is demonstrating a rather clear connection between sleep deprivation and infertility. It looks like one of the best things you can do for your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing – including your fertility prospects – is to get a good night’s sleep.
Sleep deprivation affects FSH levels Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) controls the menstrual cycle and (ideally) is at its highest levels right before a woman ovulates. Studies that track women’s sleeping habits have drawn a correlation between the two. Women who average a healthy amount of sleep each night (about 7 – 9 hours) had FSH levels as much as 20% higher than women who averaged six or fewer hours per night. This relationship exists regardless of the women’s ages or weight
Don't let your affinity for late-night TV affect your fertility
A fact that is not well known is light pollution can affect egg viability When you sleep your body produces melatonin – a hormone that regulates sleeping and waking cycles. Did you know that melatonin is also responsible for protecting eggs when they are close to ovulation, guarding against free-radicals and other degenerative entities? If you are someone who sleeps with lights on, who checks their cell phone every time it buzzes, or has the TV on non-stop, your body’s melatonin cycles get all screwed up. This, in turn, can prevent your egg from getting the protection they need, resulting in damaged eggs that are then rejected by the body or can wind up being the cause of a miscarriage.
Please let's stop worrying and make the necessary changes to establish a healthy sleep pattern and get your circadian – and hormonal – rhythm back on track.
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SPERM COUNT AND HEALTH
When it comes to infertility people assume its the woman who is to blame for problems or delays in conceiving a baby.
The fact is about half of all infertility obstacles are contributed by men.
Secondly, it is believed that sperm health is just about numbers – or sperm count. And while a healthy sperm count is a vital dimension of male fertility, there are clearly many other physiological factors like motility and morphology (called sperm parameters) that are equally important
Sperm count is the number (or concentration) of sperm that should be present/measurable in a given sample. The W H O provides that the benchmark for a “normal” count is 20 million sperm per milliliter – given a total semen volume of 2 ml Sperm count is considered lower than normal if you have fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen
While sperm count is clearly vital, numbers are not everything. Sperm must be
able to swim in a sustained, forward manner.
They must be normally shaped.
And they must exhibit metabolic attributes that promote longevity, speed, or endurance.
A low sperm count is a called oligospermia. A complete absence of sperm is called azoospermia
DIAGNOSIS OF LOW SPERM COUNT & QUALITY
Men have very few tests but should endeavor to do at least
🔸Sperm analysis (SFA)
🔸Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
🔸Blood work to test for autoimmune disorder or anti-sperm antibody.
These tests can give an insight into how to get started with your fertility treatment.
Factors that can cause any of the sperm parameters to be out of synch can be medical, environmental or lifestyle choices
Low sperm count can be caused by several health issues and medical treatments. Some of these include:
Varicocele. is a swelling of the veins that drain the testicle.
Infections (STI's ) can interfere with sperm production/ health
Certain medications might result in ejaculatory problems. (Blood pressure medicine)
Antibodies that attack sperm. (ASA)Anti-sperm antibodies
.Tumors. Cancers and nonmalignant tumors
Surgery, radiation or chemotherapy
Defects of tubules that transport sperm.
Chromosome defects Inherited disorders such as Klinefelter' disorder or cystic fibrosis
Celiac disease. A digestive disorder caused by sensitivity to gluten.
Extended exposure to industrial chemicals
Heavy metal exposure.
Radiation or X-rays exposure
Overheating the testicles. Elevated temperatures impair sperm production and function. Please note
sitting for long periods,
wearing tight clothing
or working on a laptop computer for long periods can increase the temperature
Drug use. Anabolic steroids cause the testicles to shrink and sperm production reduces
Alcohol use. Drinking alcohol can lower testosterone levels and cause a decrease in sperm
Occupation. Certain occupations might be linked with infertility, e.g welding truck driving, Okada riders, and many desk jobs
Weight. Obesity can impair fertility in several ways.
. A sperm defect is present when sperm is irregularly shaped, have poor motility or low sperm count. It takes more than looking at sperm under the microscope to assess the ability of the sperm to fertilize the female's eggs.
When a semen analysis is done, normal semen levels have been defined as follows:
Volume: 1ml to 5ml or more
Concentration: 20 million/ml or more
Motility: 50% or more
Morphology: 30% or more normal shapes (WHO criteria)
Presence of white or red blood cells: minimal
No hyperviscosity (Thickening of seminal fluid)
Results outside of these parameters probability that there is a case of male factor infertility, but it does not provide any guarantees.
Very frequent intercourse can lead to the demand exceeding the supply. There are quite several infertile men whose sex drive is such that they must ejaculate 2-3 times a day thus giving them a lower sperm count.
The following herbs have been shown to increase not only sperm count, but the overall health, motility, and morphology of sperm.
Ginseng root (Panax quinquefolius): Ginseng may support a healthy sex drive, help with erectile dysfunction and enhance sexual performance in men. It strengthens the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis, aiding hormonal balance, stress management, and immune function.
Bee Propolis: Bee propolis(royal jelly) is extremely anti-inflammatory and promotes proper hormonal balance in males and female.
It not only increases libido
• Support egg and sperm health
• Diminish and reduce the signs of aging
• it reduces inflammation caused by illness or injury
• and naturally boosts the bodies immune system
. Antisperm antibodies can be present in a woman as an allergic reaction to sperm, thus triggering immune response to attack the sperm. These anti-sperm antibodies can also be present in men as well, where their bodies attack their own sperm Bee propolis prevents destruction by ASA
Horny goat weed (Epimedium grandiflorum): An aphrodisiac, Epimedium increases sexual desire and performance. The active ingredient Icariin has been shown to increase nitric oxide; increasing circulation to the extremities. It has also been shown useful in aiding a sustained erection.
Ginkgo leaves (Ginkgo biloba): Ginkgo is considered the #1 remedy for erectile dysfunction. It increases circulation and is high in antioxidants.
Maca root (Lepidium Meyenii): Men who use maca have been seen to have an increased libido and healthy sperm. Additionally, increased seminal volume, sperm count per ejaculate, and sperm motility have been observed.
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens): Saw Palmetto is traditionally used for improving prostate health, impotence, testicular atrophy and improved sex drive in men.
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SELF HELP TIPS FOR EASY CONCEPTION
Fertility doesn’t always come easily, or naturally. The more you can do to optimize your lifestyle around these fertility tips, the better. The good news is that the majority of these tips are about more than just conception – they are about, taking note of your physical health, ensuring adequate diet and getting enough exercise and rest.
So what can you do?
These Tips can help to boost your odds so you can conceive sooner, rather than later.
✳Get to know your body it’s very important that you do so. Look for any signs, or symptoms of bigger problems such as, infection, endometriosis, PCOS or other conditions linked to infertility, or that can make it more difficult for you to conceive. The sooner you receive treatment, the better.
✳Stay away from carbonated drinks, soda, excessive fruit juice, alcohol, and the likes. Watching ones weight and ensuring stress levels are low is essential
✳Don’t wait for ovulation. Don't make the mistake of waiting until ovulating to have sex the viable window for conception is quite small – (only about 24 hours). Perhaps this is the reason sperm can live for up to 5+ days – waiting for their target to arrive. Have sex before ovulation to get as many sperms as possible past the cervix.
✳Avoid cigarette smoke and toxins in all their forms. It’s not enough to just quit smoking, you need to remove yourself out of the path of cigarette smoke-totally. Studies show a direct link between second and third-hand smoke and infertility, as well as increased risk of miscarriages and infant health issues.
✳-Beware of toxins Many of the chemicals used pesticides have been linked to infertility issues for both men and women. Some of them are endocrine disruptors, which means they alter the way our bodies would normally produce and release hormones, a significant number of which
seem to affect reproductive hormones.
✴Drink lots of water and start your journey with a fertility cleansing. Get rid of toxins, oxidants and chemical consumption
✳Cultivate healthy sleep habits. Not only will you need it once your little bundle of joy has arrived, but healthy sleep habits have also correlated successful conception. It turns out that both too little and too much sleep can have a direct result on fertility
.✳Live a healthy lifestyle. From diet to weight, your health is a key factor when it comes to fertility. Diet, obesity, chemical intake, exercise, etc. have all been linked to both fertility, as well as healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes.
Set your self in order, correcting these little things will help the big things overall
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ZINC AND FERTILITY
Maintaining a healthy body that is ready to conceive and carry a child requires getting just the right mix of nutrients. Unfortunately, far too many of us fail to provide our body with the fuel it needs to build strong cells and organs that are prepared for the job at hand.
A Zinc deficiency alone will not make you infertile, but it is a key factor in making many parts of the reproductive system work properly.
Zinc is just one component, but it works with more than 300 different enzymes in the body to keep things working well.
* your cells can not divide properly;
*your estrogen and progesterone levels can get out of balance
*and your reproductive system may not be fully functioning.
In women, zinc has a vital role in many key reproductive
health areas including:
Egg production: a woman’s body needs a certain amount of zinc to produce mature eggs that are ripe for fertilization
Maintaining proper follicular fluid levels:
without enough fluid in the follicles, an egg cannot travel the course through the fallopian tubes and into the uterus for implantation.
Hormone regulation: zinc is just one of the minerals that the body uses to keep hormone levels (like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) stable It is especially important during stage 2 and 4 of a woman’s cycle.
Low levels of zinc have been directly linked to miscarriage in the early stages of a pregnancy
Zinc can help to reduce the size of fibroids. Since fibroids are a cause of infertility themselves, doing what you can to reduce their size can help to make getting pregnant easier for some women. Taking just 30 mg of zinc a day may help to decrease the size of inflamed fibroids.
As important as zinc levels are to a woman’s fertility, it is even more vital to a man’s ability to get his partner pregnant.
Considered one of the most important trace minerals to date for male fertility, increasing zinc levels in infertile men has been shown to
boost sperm levels; improve the form, function, and quality of male sperm
and decrease male infertility.
When low levels of zinc are found in the male reproductive tract, a variety of disorders may present themselves.
Immature sperm: zinc is necessary for the creation of the outer membrane and tail of a sperm. Without it, the sperm can not mature to a stage that gives them the mobility and strength to make the long journey through the vagina, into the uterus for fertilization to take place.
Chromosomal changes: low levels of zinc may also be the reason chromosomal defects in the sperm which could cause a miscarriage even if fertilization and implantation do take place.
Zinc is one of those minerals that are absolutely essential to fertility in both men and women, yet research shows that few people these days get the right amount.
Our modern lifestyle doesn't help either. Exposure to stress, pollution, alcohol, and even cigarette smoke can also deplete our bodies of important zinc supplies.
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