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Infertility

General characteristics

General characteristics

Infertility is the inability of either a male or female to conceive a child after about a year of trying. Infertility may be temporary or permanent depending on the cause. It can even occur after having had a successful previous pregnancy/s.

In order to conceive the female must have at least one ovary with viable healthy eggs that are successfully released monthly, travelling via the fallopian tubes (being fertilised on route) to the womb lining where the fertilised egg must then 'catch' onto the wombs inner lining and mature and ultimately develop into a baby. The males sperm also needs to be viable, mobile and able to penetrate the females egg.

Infertility can be caused by numerous factors including hormone imbalance, failure to ovulate, irregular ovulation, polycystic ovaries, poor egg quality (usually in females over 37 years old), blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, poor sperm quality, deformed sperm, immobile sperm, blockages or damage in the structures of the testes or urethra, malnutrition or very low body weight, anaemia, deficiency of vitamin C and zinc in males, exposure to environmental toxins, smoking, excess alcohol, infections, stress, x-ray exposure, mid to long term use of hormonal contraceptives, opioid painkillers, anabolic steroid use, obesity, overheating the testes, electronic waves from mobile phones or laptops, overly frequent ejaculation (2-3 times daily), other diseases such as diabetes, intestinal problems, tumours or cysts, low thyroid hormones and sexually transmitted diseases.

Healing objectives are to determine and treat any underlying causes, improve nutrition and overall health, reduce stress levels, reduce exposure to any environmental factors and to ensure the whole body is cleansed and well nourished.


Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Avoid all animal foods that are non organic as these will undoubtedly contain traces of sex hormones and growth hormones, all of which can interfere with and disrupt normal hormone levels in the body.

Try to avoid eating foods that are packaged or stored in plastics for the same reason as above.

Avoid processed foods, junk foods, sugary foods, refined carbohydrates and the like as these will contribute to overall poor health and increase the secretion of thick mucous from the secreting membranes in the body. This mucous slows down movement of fluids nutrients and slows waste removal from the tissues.

Eat plenty of foods rich in fibre, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, magnesium and anti-oxidants all of which are easily obtained from eating fresh vegetables, dark green leaves, grains, fruits, seeds, nuts, legumes, sprouted seeds and grains, fresh herbs and spices and raw salad ingredients.

Pumpkin seeds should be eaten daily by men for their high zinc content.


Useful herbs

Useful herbs

For females, red clover, raspberry leaf, squaw vine, false unicorn root, nettle and ginger can all boost chances of conceiving. Use dried herbs in equal parts, except a pinch of ginger root or powder per dose, 3 cups daily. If you want a simple formula use equal parts raspberry leaf and red clover.

Agnus castus can help to balance female hormones after taking it for at least 3 months. A teaspoon of tincture twice daily is the dose.

For males, a good all round formula designed to boost vitality in the required body systems could include damiana, ginkgo, hawthorn berries, gotu kola, saw palmetto, yarrow and liquorice. Use equal parts of the dried herbs, except half a part of liquorice and take 3 cups daily for several months at a time.

Horsechestnut has shown to improve the quality of sperm in males with varicosities in the testes (varicocele).

Fenugreek seeds are an ancient and well truested remedy to help increase fertility.

Lady's mantle tea is well regarded as being a promoter of fertility if taken for several months.

Ashwagndha root is a useful tonic that is capable of improving conditions that may increase fertility in both men and women. It also helps the body to throw off the physical effects of stress, a common part of infertility.

Schisandra is another useful tonic in effect and actually increases sperm production, improves erectile function and encourages ovulation.

Maca is a powerful herb used for centuries to improve fertility in men and women.


Natural healing

Natural healing

Males and females can try wearing loose fitting underwear made from natural, breathable fibres to avoid overheating the delicate organs. Avoid very hot baths for the same reason.
Sniffing roses or rose essential oil can increase the mobility of sperm.
Males should try to ejaculate less, 2-3 times a week will keep sperm numbers and mobility in optimum health.
Avoid exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) which is a well known disruptor of the hormonal systems in humans. It has been shown to promote oestrogenic cancers in females, to lower the sperm count in males and to contribute to the hormonal feminisation of males. BPA is present in foods and drinks packaged or stored in plastic, linings of tins and cans, baby's bottles, drinking cups, bowls and other plastic water bottles (any plastic with the number 7 under the recycle symbol) and dental sealants. Check out this excellent website from the independent charity Chemtrust, researching the environmental and health impacts of hormone disrupting chemicals that are on the increase in our natural world.
Organic cider vinegar will clear up many conditions that contribute to infertility. Take up to 2 tablespoons in water daily for a few months.
To encourage normal ovulation, make sure the bedroom is completely dark (even a digital alarm clock gives light), except allow the moon to shine in (or a night light) for 3 consecutive nights around 10 days after your period. Line your curtains to ensure complete blockage from streetlights etc. Continual light sources at night, however dim, will disrupt female hormonal cycles over time.

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