Reduce toxins and increase fertility and chances to conceive
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Infertility is defined by the inability of a person of childbearing age to conceive after one year of regular intercourse without use of contraceptives. Unfortunately, one in seven couples have difficulty becoming pregnant and the odds decrease with age and length of fertility. Infertility is not only a female issue as 30% is attributed to males and 30% to women equally, 30% related to both partners and 10% to unknown causes. After a thorough evaluation of both partners has been conducted without any reversible causes of infertility found, there are many things individuals can do to help increase chances of fertility. Things that can affect fertility can be hormone imbalances, medications, toxic metal exposure, environmental toxins, recreational drug use, vitamin/nutrient deficiencies, stress.
-balance your hormones
– remove toxins
– increase nutrients essential for fertility
– look at medications that can impact fertility
-try to conceive soon after dramatic weight loss
-forget to follow a healthy lifestyle
-take any over-the-counter supplements without consulting a medical professional
-follow a detoxification protocol when trying to conceive
Do balance your hormones
Progesterone is often low in women who cannot conceive or frequently miscarry. Normal adrenal function is also essential to conceive, maintain pregnancy and to have a healthy baby. DHEA has been shown to increase pregnancy rates likely due to its healing effects on the adrenal glands. Optimal, not only normal thyroid function is required to achieve and maintain pregnancy. Excess testosterone, which is found in women with PCOS is one of the most common cause of infertility and should be treated.
Do remove toxins
Tobacco and marijuana smoking as well as alcohol use negatively affects fertility and should be stopped to increase chances of pregnancy. Avoidance of caffeine is also important for women who are actively trying to conceive, particularly those with endometriosis. In a study, more than 300mg of caffeine in a day lowered the chance of pregnancy.
Xenoestrogens from plastic production, toxic metal exposure such as lead and mercury and chemicals in the workplace also affect fertility. Removing the toxins and decreasing the exposure is essential for a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Do increase nutrients essential for fertility
In women, prenatal vitamins should be started a minimum of three to six months prior to planned pregnancy and should be continued throughout pregnancy. Vitamin C supplementation has been shown to increase fertility. B Vitamins such as B2, B6, B12 and folic acid are especially important for women who have been on oral contraceptives because they deplete these vitamins.
In men, it is recommended that they increase their intake of CoEnzyme Q10, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, Carnitine, Arginine, Glutathione and selenium to increase their fertility by increasing sperm count and sperm motility.
Do look at medications that can impact fertility
Studies show that chronic use of antibiotics, certain hormones, antidepressants and some pain-relieving agents such as aspirin and ibuprofen can decrease your chances of fertility. Chronic use of narcotics has also been shown to affect testosterone levels, which impacts fertility in men.
Do not try to conceive soon after dramatic weight loss
It is advised for a patient to wait a minimum of six months after dramatic weight loss to try to conceive as toxins stored in fatty tissue mobilize during this time. Some toxins have been linked to decreased chances of becoming pregnant and also can be damaging to the fetus during the early stages of development.
Do not forget to follow a healthy lifestyle
Leading a life which includes exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet filled with good fats, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains is not only important for overall wellness but especially during time of preconception and pregnancy.
Do not take any over-the-counter supplements without consulting a medical professional
Always discuss with a medical professional who is trained in the use of herbal/nutritional supplements prior to starting any agents to avoid any possible interactions. Some supplements that are used to increase the chances of fertility may have a negative effect on the fetus and should be stopped immediately when pregnancy is suspected.
Do not follow a detoxification protocol when trying to conceive
If you are found to have a heavy toxin burden and detoxification or chelation has been recommended, it must be performed under the care of a trained medical professional. It is important not start a detoxification protocol while trying to conceive because when the body is expulsing these negative toxins, it can cause loss of pregnancy.