Anyone unable to conceive when they are ready to have a baby can attest to the rending heartbreak that this condition causes. People are willing to spend endless amounts of money to seek the help of a fertility specialist to find out why their bodies are not working the way they should, and what they can do to fix it.
Couples are considered to have a fertility problem if they are unable to conceive after a year of regular unprotected intercourse.
The most common cause of infertility is a low sperm count, however it appears that about a third of the problem lies solely with the woman, a third with the man and the remaining third is both women and men.
One common problem is low sperm quality, as well some men’s ejaculate contains antibodies to their own sperm. At times the tubes which carry the sperm are blocked, or there may be no sperm at all. The question has risen why the sperm count in men has fallen by 50% since the 1940’s? One explanation may be the contaminates in the food, water and air.
A small number of incidences occur because of hormonal imbalances, and sometimes the sperm can’t penetrate the egg when they reach it.
Some of the reasons some people might have difficulty conceiving are:
*infection with mumps
*certain prescription drugs, especially those that contain testosterone
*tight underwear and pants (which raise the temperature around the testes. The testicles need to be slightly cooler than the rest of the body in order to be efficient at making sperm.
*continuous and harmful stress
One of the stresses associated with an inability to conceive, is the fact that you are unable to conceive. It is hard to relax and enjoy each other as sexual partners if one is always worried about conceiving. Some couples have complained that sex has turned into a chore rather than a loving act between them. This could be one reason why couples will conceive after they believe they are unable to conceive, because they are more relaxed. It is easier said than done, but trying to relax during love-making can go far in the bonding process of couples as well as being able to conceive. Lighting candles, playing soft music and taking a bath together can help couples relax and enjoy one another.
Treatment for infertility includes:
*Antibiotics if there is any sign of infection (sometimes supplemented with vitamin E)
*Injecting the sperm into the egg (called Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection)
*Microsurgery to unblock the sperm ducts
*Sperm preselection, used in several assisted conception processes such as delivering the sperm with a syringe, IVF which is mixing the egg and sperm together and letting the embryo grow in the lab and then placing the embryo inside of the womb.
Some natural methods are:
*improving the nutrition of both partners
*hot and cold water splashed on the genitals to stimulate circulation (for men)
*getting more sleep
*avoiding smoking and drinking
*Meditation and yoga
*stress reduction methods
*methods of relaxation
Some healing foods for infertility:
*Black soya beans
Some healing herbs:
Some healing nutrients and phytochemicals”
For a more comprehensive list go to: www.healingfoodsreference.com
Getting adequate nutrition, sleep and stress reduction goes a long way in maintaining your over-all health which in turn will give you the optimal opportunity to conceive if it is your desire at this time to bear a child.
*I am not a doctor, this article is for informational purposes only. If you suspect you might have an infertility problem contact your doctor.