Reasons for decline in fertility success:
Conception and Fertility -the changing landscape of the 21st Century:
The number of women over 40 having a baby has risen fourfold in 30 years, and average age of first-time mother now 28.1. As a result, more couples are interested in improving their chances by supportive, natural treatments for success:
1. Thyroid function (hyper, hypo, low body temperature, autoimmune)
standard treatment for unexplained infertility in women is thyroid medication (for low thyroid) and diabetic medication (for poor blood sugar control). While this does not address the root cause, it validates the connection of fertility to thyroid and endocrine health.
2. Stress (Including poor nutrition and toxins in the body, blood sugar)
You may have heard of "bunnymoons" - where women get pregnant while on holiday (relaxed and stress free!) learn how to make the lifestyle choices in daily life as well to sustain this feeling.
3. Hormone Imbalances (xenoestrogens, faulty elimination)
Irregular periods, missed ovulations, endometriosis and conditions affecting the menstrual cycle including more serious conditions require further investigation. Examining hormone breakdown can help identify and correct these imbalances.
DUTCH testing is one of the best available for checking your hormone metabolism.
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4. Medication (prolonged BCP and other Rx can impact fertility)
many of medications demand nutrients (co-factors) from the body for elimination and can deplete reserves. B6, B12, B5, Zinc Chromium are some examples which can lead to metabolic issues when low,. Hair Element Analysis can measure mineral deficiency and toxicity levels to assess your risk.
5. Delayed timing
Many couples are confronted with the biological reality that when they are “ready” their reproductive years are on the decline - in their 30’s. Environmental toxins and DNA damage increase this risk. But there is hope with the advancement of ART - A recent publication in the Guardian UK (2013) has highlighted that having a child over the age of 40 was rare 20 years ago but today, one in 25 babies are born to over - 40 mothers.
Naturopathic Medicine restores endocrine function by safely removing the effects and levels of endocrine disrupting chemicals in both men and women. Book today to find out what you can be doing to improve your health!
Read more here: Natural Options for Improving Fertility
There has been an alarming increase in decline of sperm quality and amount since 1960’s, due to increased environmental contamination of endocrine disruptors.
Smoking, alcohol, exposure to industrial chemicals and pollutants in the workplace as well as hormone mimicking chemicals from the environment such as BPA in plastics alter normal reproductive function and sperm production.
A recent study in mice has shown the father’s nutrition to be an important factor improving fertility and conception outcomes, contrary to the past belief that is was mostly the mother. All the more reason to improve male health.
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