Creating life. It is something we are made for, but for some people it seems impossible. About 11% of the reproductive-age population of women have impaired fecundity and another 6% are classified infertile. Men and women are affected equally. One-quarter of all infertile couples have multiple factors contributing to infertility. In about 40% of infertile couples, the male partner is either part or the sole cause. Irregular/abnormal ovulation accounts for about 25% of all female infertility problems. This is more common in women who are blood type A, B, and AB.
Whenever there is infertility, there is an indication of other problems. These are often nutritional deficiencies, a buildup of toxins, and emotional concerns needing to be addressed. In some older cultures, the new couple is fed nutrient-dense foods for a year before they try to create life. This is because they knew how important a healthy mom and dad are to producing a healthy offspring.
Here are some very common factors that can cause trouble conceiving.
- Frequency of ejaculation
- Temperature (the testes should be 3 degrees lower than body temperature. So no briefs, tight jeans, watch where the cellphone is kept, don’t have a computer on your lap, avoid hot baths and hot tubs, etc)
- Ionizing radiation
- Certain infections
- Heavy metals
- Cottonseed oil in food
- Low vitamin E
- Pesticide use
- Soy and estrogen-heavy foods
- EMFs and other radiation
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Menstrual irregularity
- Physical and emotional stress (spotting after exercise is not normal)
- Allergy medications
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Weight (12% of all infertility results from women weighing too much or too little)
- Tobacco use
- Drug use (including vaccines, over-the-counter, and prescriptions)
- Alcohol use
- Surgeries, injuries, and illnesses
- Low cholesterol
- Bone Broth (good for both, but for women, make it with a fresh spring chicken, dong quai root, and ginger root)
- Avocado (for women)
- Papaya Juice (for men)
- Pumpkin Seeds (for men)
- Pineapple (for men)
- Peas (for men)
- 2+ tbsp Healthy Fats daily (avocados, organic butter, coconut oil, olive oil, etc), adequate pure water (1/2 your body weight in ounces a day (100lbs = 50oz))
- AVOIDS: preservatives, caffeine, sugar, GMOs, alcohol, yeast extracts, MSG, non-organic foods, tobacco, hydrogenated oils, food additives, fake sugars (especially aspartame), coffee, fried foods, refined foods, table salt, processed/canned/frozen foods
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Bodywork and Massage
- Colon Cleanse (some say this and diet can reverse male infertility)
- Color Therapy
- Sound Therapy
- Polarity Therapy
- The moon influences fertility
- Bring energy to the reproductive system by dancing and moving the hips, gardening, and going barefoot outside
- Reduce stress by adding meditation, exercise, getting adequate sleep, and by using some of the natural therapies above
- Learn to manage your thoughts, worries, and learn to say no
- Essential oils: For women: Clary sage, cypress, fennel, geranium For men: Basil, cedarwood, sage
- Cell salts: For both: Kali Phos, Nat Mur, Nat Phos, Zinc Mur, Calc Sulph, Silica For men: Silica, Calc Sulph
These are just broad suggestions. Consider working with a naturopath to help you address the exact nutritional concerns and create a plan to help you restore your fertility.
Also, let me know if you have any requests for natural suggestions for other conditions!
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Note: Everything here is for information only. This is not meant to treat or diagnose any medical condition. Seek a qualified medical professional.