Infertility

SUBFERTILITY / INFERTILITY (Female)

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What is subfertility? (Previoulsy called 'infertility') 

In order to be considered as having an infertility problem a woman must fail to  conceive after a year or more of regular sexual activity around the time of ovulation.

 

Causes?

There is so much involved when it comes to the reproduction system that a problem could arise anywhere.  The most commonly seen causes are; blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, chlamydia, or even an allergic reaction to their partner's sperm, auto-immune disease.  There are also psychological reasons at play like the fear of responsibility of parenthood, fear of commitment and so on.  

 

COMPLEMENTARY APPROACH   

 

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EAT a well balanced diet with plenty of organic fruit and vegetables.  Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. 

 

DON’T CONSUME. Tubal disease and endometriosis can lead to infertility 1.2, 3 and as coffee has been linked to these two conditions it is best not to consume it.   Caffeine is found in the following: chocolate, tea, cocoa, some soft drinks, and some over-the-counter products.  Avoid all junk food or foods that are fatty and processed.

 

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

The following information does not constitute a prescription or recommended dose— studies have been conducted using the dosages stated and are included for your information only.

The nutrients mentioned here are often recommended by Health-Care practitioners

 

MULTIVITAMIN 4 many infertile women find they are deficient in variety of different vitamins,  so it is essential to take supplements. 

Take as directed on label. 

IRON in cases of deficiency. Take as directed on label5.

VITAMIN E  6,7  is referred to as the 'sex vitamin'  because it assists the body to carry oxygen to the sex organs. 

Take 200 IU daily and over a period of time increase the dose up to 1,000 IU.

PARA-AMINOBENZOIC ACID (PABA) plays a role in restoring fertility in some women8,9

Take 50 mg daily.

ZINC Take in lozenge form, as zinc is important in the functioning of the reproductive organs.  

Take 80 mg a day but be sure not to take more than 100 mg if taking other supplements that contain zinc.

VITAMIN B COMPLEX is important in the reproductive gland function.  

Take 50 mg daily.

SELENIUM Deficiency as been linked to infertility in women. 

Take 200 – 400 mcg daily.

 

HERBS

VITEX 10 Many natural medical practitioners suggest taking 40 drops of liquid extract of vitex each morning with water.  Vitex is also available in tablet form and one tablet should be taken each morning.  Vitex usually needs to be taken for at least three months before any benefits are seen.  

The herbs mentioned here have historically been considered beneficial in the treatment of various conditions including infertility. Therefore, these, and previously mentioned herbs are often recommended by health -care practitioners. 

DAMIANA has been hailed as an aphrodisiac since ancient times and has been used to treat various sexual disorders.  You can make a tea by adding 1 gram of dried leaves to a cup of boiling water.  Allow it to steep for 10- 15 minutes and drink 3 cups per day.  To use in tincture form, take 2 to 3 ml 3 times a day.  You can also take damiana in the capsules form.  Take 400- 800 mg, three times daily.  Damiana is usually used in conjunction with other herbs, however, one of the side effects of damiana is slight diarrhoea. 

 

Other herbs that are good to take in the treatment of female infertility are liquorice root (do not use if you have high blood pressure), Dong quai false unicorn root, and wild yam root. 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Changes in ovulation can occur if you have very hot baths and saunas, as too can vigorous exercise so avoid all these activities. 

There is a lowered chance of the fertilised egg implanting itself if you smoke and drink so avoid doing both these.

Some women are allergic to sperm and developed antibodies.  If that is the case, it is worth considering using a condom for a month or so.  That way, the sperm antibodies can die off so when you have sex again without a condom there will be no antibodies available to attack the sperm. 

 

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References: 

1. Joesoef MR, Beral V, Rolfs RT, et al. Are caffeinated beverages risk factors for delayed conception? Lancet 1990;335:136–37.
2. Fenster L, Bubbard A, Windhan G, Hiatt R, et al. A prospective study of caffeine consumption and spontaneous abortion. Am J Epidemiol 1996;143(11 suppl);525 [abstr #99].
3. Cramer DW. Letter. Lancet 1990;335:792.

4. Czeizel AE, Metneki J, Dudas I. The effect of preconceptional multivitamin supplementation on fertility. Internat J Vit Nutr Res 1996;66:55–58.
5. Rushton DH, Ramsay ID, Gilkes JJH, Norris MJ. Ferritin and fertility. Lancet 1991;337:1554 [letter].
6. Thiessen DD, et al. Vitamin E and sex behavior in mice. Nutr Metabol 1975;18:116–19.
7. Bayer R. Treatment of infertility with vitamin E. Int J Fertil 1960;5:70–78.
8. Wiesel LL et al. The synergistic action of para-aminobenzoic acid and cortisone in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Am J Med Sci 1951;222:243–48.
9. Sieve BF. The clinical effects of a new B-complex factor, para-aminobenzoic acid, on pigmentation and fertility. South Med Surg 1942(March);104:135–39.
10. Propping D, Katzorke T. Treatment of corpus luteum insufficiency. Zeitschr Allgemeinmedizin 1987;63:932–33. 

 

 

 

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