To many couples, pregnancy seems like a simple matter-so simple that not
getting pregnant is their chief concern. But after years of protected sex,
men and women who decide they want children may discover that conception is
a far more complex process than they realized.
Here's an extremely simplified version of what must happen: First, a woman
secretes several hormones-each at the correct time-that cause one of the
eggs in her ovaries to mature and to be released into the fallopian tube. A
man must then contribute enough sperm (tens of millions of them) that have
the ability to travel up into the tube, where the egg is fertilized. The
egg makes its way to the uterus and implants itself in the uterine wall. If
anything goes wrong with any one of these events, the couple will not
conceive. Because the process is so complicated, it often takes a number of
months of trying before a woman can become pregnant. But if a couple has
had regular, unprotected sex for at least a year and still cannot conceive,
the partners are considered infertile.
For the last few decades, the rate of infertility in the United States has
increased. No hard statistics are available, but experts estimate that
between 16 and 25 percent of all couples have serious difficulty getting
pregnant. As with most other conditions that have been on the rise, many of
today's infertility cases can be attributed to lifestyle changes in the
latter half of the twentieth century. Poor nutrition, stress, eating
disorders, extremely intense exercise, and exposure to environmental toxins
all take a grave toll on the body. When one or both members of a couple
have weakened body systems, the chances increase that something will go
awry in the conception process. People today also have more sex partners
than they used to, and with increased sexual activity comes a greater risk
of contracting diseases that damage the reproductive organs. Finally, many
couples now choose to delay childbearing until their thirties or even
forties, when a woman's fertility begins to decline.
If you're having trouble getting pregnant, it's wise for both of your to
take a break and spend a few months restoring and nourishing your bodies.
Good nutrition, herbal supplementation, hormone-balancing protocols, and
effective stress management help a great many couples conceive; these
strategies will also increase the chances that your baby will be health.
(Not to mention that you'll need those stress-management techniques when
you're a parent!)
Hormone balance is particularly important for both sexes. We find that
women with infertility problems often have low ovulatory progesterone
levels or low thyroid function. Both of these hormones can be a limiting
factor in conception. With men, low thyroid, as well as low testosterone,
can be problematic.
Many couples are confused about when, during the woman's menstrual cycle,
conception can occur. It is important to understand that the best chance of
conception is to have sexual relations one to two days before ovulation
occurs, not on the day of ovulation. Over-the-counter LH (luteinizing
hormone) test kits are readily available to help determine when ovulation
is going to occur. This hormone rises approximately forty-eight hours
before an egg is released (ovulation). Basal body temperature can also be
used to determine ovulatory patterns. This method must be used over many
months to determine when a woman ovulates. Many practitioners and books
explain how to properly use this technique.
Although a lot of focus with fertility is on the female partner, keep in
mind that studies show that approximately 40 percent of infertility cases
are due to men's sperm abnormalities. These include low sperm count,
decreased sperm motility, or abnormal sperm shape.
One or both of you may have an anatomical abnormality: for example, many
women suffer from blocked fallopian tubes, often as a result of a Chlamydia
infection, and men may have a varicose vein of the testicle, called a
varicocele. In many cases, these conditions can be treated with surgeries
and procedures. Couples that can't get pregnant in any other way may
eventually consider in vitro fertilization, and an increasing number of
women with ovary problems are turning to egg donors. Unfortunately,
however, all the medical techniques in the world-complementary,
conventional, and cutting-edge-can't guarantee that every couple that wants
a baby will conceive. Before you begin a series of invasive and expensive
procedures, be sure to speak frankly with your doctor about the risks
involved and the chances of success. And take heart: many people, exhausted
from years of diagnostics and surgeries, give up trying-only to discover
that they've finally become relaxed enough to conceive.
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level of
effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements shown to help
The Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch,
M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription #1
Vitex - Chasteberry
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Women should take 300 mg of a 0.6 percent aucubin
extract each morning. Vitex stimulates the ovaries to
ovulate and normalizes progesterone levels.
Super Prescription #2
Progesterone Creme - Natural
- LifeSource Product Women should
apply 1/4 teaspoon (20mg) to the skin once daily. Make
sure to start using this hormone after you ovulate. If
you become pregnant, continue utilizing the
progesterone until the third trimester or as directed
by your doctor. Note: This treatment is best used under
the guidance of a doctor who is knowledgeable about
Super Prescription #3
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See All of our Vitamin C Products. Take 500 mg twice
daily. Vitamin C prevents sperm agglutination in men
and has been shown to be helpful with female
infertility as well.
Super Prescription #4
- LifeSource Product Take 400 IU
daily. Animal and human studies have shown this vitamin
to be important for fertility.
Super Prescription #5
- LifeSource Product
Men should take 2,000 mg twice daily on an empty
stomach. This amino acid has been shown to increase
sperm quality and count.
Super Prescription #6
Panax Ginseng – Korean Ginseng
- LifeSource Product Men should take
300 mg of a product standardized to between 4 to 7
percent ginsenosides daily. This herb has been shown to
increase sperm count and motility.
Super Prescription #7
- LifeSource Product Men should take
00 mg daily, along with 3 to 5 mg of copper. Studies
show that this mineral improves sperm quality, count,
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studies for Infertility
Failure to conceive after twelve months of regular, unprotected
intercourse that is timed with ovulatory patterns
Dozens of factors can cause infertility. Following are some of the most
Poor nutrition and nutritional deficiencies
Sexually transmitted diseases
Hormonal problems (especially low thyroid or low progesterone)
Medical conditions such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome,
Eating disorders, especially anorexia
Overly intense exercise
In general, you should eat wholesome meals made with organic vegetables,
grains, and soy products. Eat fish several times a week, but be sure it's
from a clean water source.
Vitamin E nourishes the endocrine system, so use cold-pressed nut and seed
oils for cooking or as a base for salad dressings. Wheat germ is another
good source of vitamin E; add it to smoothies, cereals, or salads.
Essential fatty acids promote gland health and are often lacking in people
who follow radical low-fat diets. Incorporate cold-water fish, flax seeds,
or flax seed oil into your meals daily.
Men should snack regularly on pumpkin seeds. They're an excellent source of
zinc, a nutrient that's an important part of male reproductive fluids.
Eat vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, and other sources of fiber at
every meal, and drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours. You'll
promote your overall health and sweep away toxins that may be suppressing
your reproductive system.
Foods to Avoid
Don't eat anything that depresses body systems or causes nutrient
depletion. Cut out refined sugar and white flour, along with fried or
Animal meats are loaded with chemicals that mimic the effects of estrogen,
a hormone that in excess can decrease sperm count and fertility. If you
must eat meat, make sure it's organic.
Avoid alcohol, which reduces the number of normal sperm in men and
generally weakens the health of both sexes.
Caffeine consumption has been linked to fertility problems, including
miscarriage. Avoid coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, black and green teas,
and pharmaceutical medications containing caffeine.
Drink purified water to avoid chlorine and other chemicals that may affect
L-carnitine or acetyl-l carnitine improves sperm motility. Take 1,500
mg twice daily.
Coenzyme Q10 improves sperm motility. Take 100 mg daily.
Selenium improves sperm motility. Take a daily total of at least 100
A high-potency multivitamin provides a base of the nutrients that are
important for fertility. Take as directed on the container.
Iron is important for women, if testing shows iron-deficiency anemia.
Take 15 mg twice daily or as directed by your doctor.
PABA has been shown in studies to help women with chronic infertility.
It is thought to improve the effects of estrogen. Take 100 mg four
times daily, for up to seven months.
Vitamin B12 has been shown to increase sperm count. Men should take
1,500 mcg of oral B12 or 400 mcg of the sublingual form daily.
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