Infertility is, unfortunately, rampant in our society today. The birth rate is currently the lowest it’s been in the last century. There are a number of reasons for both, which are similar: older first-time mothers, fewer children per family, increasing rates of female dysfunction ( PCOS, thyroid conditions, etc.), lowered sperm counts, financial concerns, and more.
The average age of a first-time mother was only 21.4 in 1970, while it is around 25 today and still rising. The rate of mothers having their first child over age 35 has risen, too. Experts say that fertility peaks somewhere between age 22 and 27 and begins to decline after that, so older mothers are already at a disadvantage. Older mothers also experience a greater rate of miscarriage (up to 50% over 42) and genetic disorders, due to chromosomal abnormalities in their eggs.
In younger women, increasing rates of reproductive or endocrine disorders, like hypo- or hyper-thyroidism, PCOS, endometriosis, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, obesity, and others are causing infertility as well, because they are caused by or have as symptoms hormonal disruptions. These diseases are largely either caused or worsened by diet and lifestyle choices; many can be improved or even reversed by changing diet or lifestyle or both.
Our modern diet wrecks havoc on our health, as we’ve discussed in many previous posts. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you’ve been following Amanda’s Story, then you already know that her PCOS has significantly improved by changing her diet. A combination of careful diet and fertility-supporting supplements can make it possible to conceive naturally.
Before we discuss what some of those supplements are, though, let’s talk about some of the risks involved in traditional infertility treatments, as well as risks associated with hormonal birth control (which can play a role in infertility too).
Risks of birth control:
- Heart attack
- Blood clots/stroke
- Weight gain
- Mood swings and depression
- Nausea and vomitting
- Irregular periods
- Bone density loss
- Breast tenderness
- Lowered libido
- Headaches, dizziness, fatigue
Indeed the side effects are such that some women find they cannot function on hormonal birth control. Even those that “seem” okay are doing damage to their bodies by trying to control their hormones in a way that is not natural. Doing so can cause difficulty in getting pregnant once off the birth control. Some women find they need 6 – 12 months to return to “normal” before they can attempt to conceive, so birth control can be a cause of infertility. It is best to avoid hormonal birth control entirely and instead rely on barrier methods, or better yet, natural family planning.
Unfortunately many choose to compound their problems by turning to hormonal fertility methods. If your hormones are out of balance, the solution is to heal yourself and get back into balance, not to try to “trick” your body into getting pregnant. Hormonal fertility methods (Clomid being the most popular) have their own set of risks, including:
- Hot flashes
- Uterine cancer
- Breast cancer
- Reduced cervical mucus (making conception more difficult)
- Thinner uterine lining (making implantation more difficult)
- Abdominal discomfort
I also found this from www.drugs.com (emphasis mine):
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