Causes of Infertility in Women

Thank you for visiting my causes of infertility in women article. I have also produced a separate article for men called (not surprisingly) Causes of Infertility in Men (publication 19th March).

Whilst the human body is a complex structure, the woman’s body takes this complexity to a whole new level. There are 100’s of things that can go wrong in the female body and many of them relate to the reproductive system.

In this article, I aim to summarise some of the more common causes of infertility in women. Where you see links is where I have expanded on a particular topic in a separate article.

What are the main causes of infertility in women then ?

I’m going to break these down into eight main reasons :

  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) : Here an excess of the hormone androgen is produced. This can cause a problem with ovulation due to a resistance to insulin. Surgery is often performed to rectify Polycystic ovaries.
  • Endometriosis : With this condition, uterine tissue can implant itself outside of the womb. This can lead to Causes of infertility : Blocked fallopian tubesscarring or blockages and can be very painful as well as causing infertility.
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) : This is an infection caused by a virus, fungus or bacterium. It can lead to scarring of the reproductive region.
  • Blocked Fallopian Tubes : This can be caused as a consequence of surgeries to the abdominal region leaving scar tissue (or from endometriosis). Infections can also be a cause of blocked tubes. Either way, you want to try an avoid an anectopic pregnancy – this is where the egg implants itself not in the womb as normal, but actually in the fallopian tube.
  • Thyroid Issues : An excess, or lack of, the hormone thyroid can result in fertility problems.
  • Ovulation Problems : Many of these are caused by issues with the pituitary gland. This can result in reduced levels of the complex soup of hormones required to ensure successful ovulation.
  • Pelvic Adhesions : Again, scar tissue is the problem here. This time it can cause blockages when it fuses soft tissue together.
  • Poor Egg Quality : There are a number of reasons for this : Age, life-style, poor levels of health and fitness.

Summary

The above list is only some of the reasons women might have trouble conceiving. In fact, for some wannabe moms there could actually be a combination of fertility problems resulting in female infertility.

Of course there are many forms of infertility treatment available by way of artificial reproductive technology (ART), including in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, some treatments can actually make matters worse. For example, Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) can result from some ART treatments.

I would always, therefore, recommend more natural methods before you consider ATR treatments.

The message I would give to you is : the more you keep yourself fit and healthy, the lower your chances will be of becoming infertile. The 100 tips for getting pregnant series I have written will make you think a little bit more about infertility. Please take time to go through these and apply as many of them to your life as possible – It’s never too late to change your life-style !!

Alternatively, you might want to think about a professionally produced home-study course called The Pregnancy Success Program, by Diana Farrell. I have done a review of this program here : Pregnancy Success review. Or, if you would like to go directly to Diana’s site, then please click on the picture below.

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Finally, I’d just like to finish off by saying that if you are going through the pain of trying to get pregnant, I would urge you to take some form of positive action today. This, for some women, might just mean a few simple life-style changes.

However, you are far more likely to see success if you follow a proven program, rather than just aimlessly surfing the internet. Unfortunately, I know too many moms spending months and months on-line looking for those magic words and have just ended up frustrated and upset – certainly no nearer to conceiving a baby. TAKE ACTION AND SEE SUCCESS !! Pregnancy Success by Diana Farrell.

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Acupuncture For Infertility – Does it Work ?

Acupuncture for infertility has been around the western world for quite a while now. This has come off the back of the success people have seen in using this form of treatment for things such weight-loss, smoking cessation and preventing migraines.Acupuncture for infertility

There is no doubting that in targeting infertility, acupuncture has quickly gained in popularity as one of the top natural fertility treatments. And this is whilst western forms of infertility treatment have become too expensive, can be painful, and their reliability questioned.

I have witnessed the stress that moms have gone through with some of the western medicines that are available now and, unfortunately, in many cases the stress brought about can actually do more harm than good.

Acupuncture for infertility has been proven to assist many moms in getting pregnant, even after years of failing to conceive. It’s true that western medicine cannot actually identify why it works, but there is little doubt that it does help.

An Introduction to Acupuncture

Acupuncture was devised by the Chinese thousands of years ago. And the thought behind this form of traditional Chinese medicine, is that it focuses on blockages in Chi (the body’s natural energy flow).

The procedure itself involves very thin needles being inserted into specific parts of the body (see video below). The body’s own natural meridians are used to identify where the needles are placed. There are in excess of 2000 potential insertion points.

As we know, traditional western medicines attempt to treat whatever area of the body is causing the problem. However, the idea behind any acupuncture treatment is that it takes a holistic approach. In other words, it takes a wider view of health issues by focusing on the connected areas of the body, and not just the obvious issue. The understanding is that problems actually start from different parts of the body and ‘flow’ themselves to a resting (or blocking) point.

Each treatment is designed with the individual in mind and much will depend on the ailment or disease that the patient has.

Some people, still sceptical of its success rate, choose to use acupuncture, as an alternative medicine, alongside western infertility treatments.

Acupuncture For Infertility

So, three questions need to be asked :

  • Does acupuncture for fertility work ?
  • Can acupuncture help fertility ?
  • Are there any acupuncture for infertility success stories ?
  • How does acupuncture for fertility work ?

Here’s a short news clip from First Coast News about how it helped one young mom, which will answer the first three questions.

As you can see from the clip, even the fertility doctor had to acknowledge that there are benefits to using acupuncture (and western medicine doctors tend to shun traditional methods of treatment).

So far, so good….. but how does acupuncture work for infertility cases ?

The idea is to promote hormonal balance and help the eggs to develop. As mentioned above, a holistic approach is taken and needles are not just stabbed into the reproductive region (far from it).

In fact, regulation of the hormones is undertaken by the pituitary gland, and this is based in the brain. However, the needles are inserted along the meridians, in other parts of the body.

The issues of Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome have been discussed elsewhere on this site. Acupuncture fertility treatments can help to promote the flow of blood to the womb lining. By increasing blood flow to the womb, the uterine lining grows healthier and therefore Endometriosis and PCOS are less likely to occur.

Acupuncture works with IVF treatments and, in fact, many fertility specialists suggest acupuncture treatment to compliment IVF. Unfortunately, some of the better known western treatments can be stressful and one of the key outcomes of acupuncture is stress reduction.

Finally, it is reported that acupuncture can actually help cleanse the body after having experienced western treatments and medicines.

More Alternative Information

If you would like to hear more about alternative treatments, then I highly recommend The Pregnancy Success Program, by Diana Farrell. I have completed a full review of this program here : Pregnancy Success review.

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Yoga for Infertility

Welcome to my yoga for infertility article.

You might have read in other articles I have produced, about the virtues of yoga for pregnancy and also the benefits of yoga postures for conception. Having just briefly covered this topic as a by-product of other articles, I have been approached by a few people to cover this wonderful, spiritual exercise in a full article, under the title Yoga for Infertility. I’m always happy to please my regular readers, so here goes………

Introduction

Within our physical body, lies our spiritual body and it is this which contains seven wheels of life, called chakras. These affect a person’s physical, spiritual and mental well-being. Hindus believe that these energy sources must be unblocked and free to transmit and receive energy via the universe (this includes people, nature, and even objects).

Unfortunately, things such as stress, fear and worry can disturb the flows of energy. Blocked chakras create an imbalance in the body and this, in turn, leads to disease and ailments – including infertility.

Benefits of Yoga for Infertility

Yoga does have all round health benefits, which are not appreciated by people who do not regularly practice it. Yoga benefits in the following ways :

  • Tones muscles
  • Aligns the body
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Increases physical energy
  • Improves stamina
  • Provides calming meditation and relaxation (important as stress is a fertility inhibitor)

For many, they may ‘try it out’ but find the postures difficult or it ‘gives them aches’. But what you need to understand is that you can pick up the benefits of yoga surprisingly quickly and any aches you do initially get are quickly overcome as your core strength improves.

And remember, ultimately you will be reducing stress which, in turn, will correct the imbalance of your hormones, and this will go a very long way to helping you to conceive a child. Is THAT worth it ? Only you can answer that question.

You can read more about stress and infertility at this post : stress and infertility

The Medical Studies

So where have these ideas of yoga for infertility originated from ? Is there any evidence to back up this information ? Well yes, there have been a number of clinical studies undertaken over the years.

Research at the Harvard Medical School proved that yoga does work for infertility. One program of a 10 week mind & body course showed that more than half of the women who were seen as medically infertile, conceived a child within a year.

Further studies elsewhere have confirmed that yoga exercise can lower cortisol (a stress hormone) and this is known to cause infertility.

Worry and depression are known to cause below par levels of gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). Again, there is proof that yoga can increase this which will, ultimately, increase overall well-being, including your mood, and these will again have a knock-on effect onto your chances of conceiving a baby.

Yoga for Infertility : Recommendations

There are plenty of yoga for infertility products on the market and even local yoga classes or yoga schools that you can attend – or you may even want to consider a yoga retreat. However, the top yoga for infertility product that gets my seal of approval is Restoring Fertility by Drs. Brandon Horn, PhD, LAc (FABORM) and Wendy Yu PhD(c), LAc (FABORM).

The reason that this double DVD package ticks all of my boxes because it actually has different yoga sets (four in total) for the different phases of your ovulation cycle. This is a major plus on other similar products which are just standard yoga poses, with little or no regard as to where your body is in its menstrual cycle. In fact, demontrated in the DVDs are specific yoga postures for infertility (although there is no reason why your whole family can’t get involved).

And unlike other exercises, all you need is a yoga mat !!

At time of this recommendation it has received some excellent reviews on Amazon (so don’t just take my word for it) : Customer Reviews

I’ll let you go to Amazon directly to actually read the feedback…..but I can tell you now, the reviews are very positive and it also comes with my highest recommendation.

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Stress and Infertility

Welcome to my stress and infertility post.

I always find it strange that, whilst stress is becoming more acknowledged as a cause of many ailments, stress and infertility have not yet become a mainstream link. What I mean by that is that there are many families that are currently spending lots of money in search of an infertility ‘cure’ – and even putting themselves through stressful medical treatment, when there really is no need. For many, stress is actually the missing piece of the puzzle.

There is little doubt that the reproductive system takes a real hit when stress levels rise. And in today’s world depression, anxiety, and enormous stress are a fact of life. This has resulted in several reports hi-lighting that stess is causing infertility in women.

However, you’ll notice that I said “families” in the first paragraph. This is because stress and infertility affects both wannabe moms AND dads. For women, stress can effect egg production; whilst for men the effects on sperm are, as yet, unknown. However, stress is already known to affect a man’s ability to ejaculate.

Unfortunately, stress can increase over time and very often the person suffering from stress has no idea whatsoever that they are experiencing it. And if you cannot deal with your external stress, then the constant struggle to get pregnant will only increase your stress; and so it perpetuates the never ending cycle. This is a cycle that you need to break if you ever want to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Stress and Infertility : Research and Evidence

Cortisol is a hormone produced in the body when the body is in a stressful state. Whilst the presence of this hormone helps with : numbing pain, sharpening the memory, it also makes you alert and therefore ready for ‘action’.

The downside is when stress is on-going. That is, there is no ‘let up’ and your body is constantly being subjected to stressful situations. That is not a healthy place to be because cortisol levels will continue to rise and there is no ‘rest period’ in which the levels get a chance to diminish.

And let’s be clear here, I’m not just referring to physical stress here, but also mental stress – which can build up for months. Eventually if the levels of cortisol do continue to rise, then the workings of the hypothalamus get affected and this is the part of the brain responsible for producing sex hormones.

Research, on rats, at the University of California Berkley confirmed that there was evidence that cortisol can actually effect gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). Put simply :

Low levels of GnRH = Lower sperm count in men and irregular ovulation in women

For those undergoing IVF treatments, you need to be aware that stress is likely to affect the success rates of this as well.

A study in Fertility & Sterility found that women with higher levels of stress were only 80% effective at producing eggs at ovulation.

What’s the answer to stress and infertility then ?

It would be easy to write pages and pages detailing why stress is generally a bad thing when it comes to trying to conceive. However, let’s focus on what can be done to relieve such stress.

  • Acknowledge that you might be in a stressful situation.
  • Identify what type of stress it is (a) Physical, or (b) Mental
    • Physical – Go for a massage, get more sleep, take a hot bath
    • Mental – Take some meditation, go for a mini-break, talk to your boss about your situation, can you delegate some of your work, take up yoga.
    • Invest in a stress management program.

Just picking up on that last point, in one study, nearly 60% of women that had been struggling with stress and infertility fell pregnant within half a year subsequent to under-going a 2 month mind-body stress free program.

If you would like to try something simple at home to relieve your stress and infertility, then I highly recommend the Restoring Fertility by Drs. Brandon Horn, PhD, LAc (FABORM) and Wendy Yu PhD(c), LAc (FABORM) yoga program. You can read more about the benefits of yoga on infertility and a short review of this product here : YOGA FOR FERTILITY

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How to Have a Successful Pregnancy After 40

Welcome to my pregnancy after 40 article.

With tougher social and economic pressures, more and more wannabe moms are leaving it later to start a family, but is this a wise choice ? – Well yes and no.

Of course it is understandable that families want to make sure they are in a comfortable position financially before they start to raise a family and we are living in a world whereby everyone has to have the ‘latest gadgets’ or smartest car – and these all cost money.

But at the other end of the scale, many families are struggling just to make ends meet and therefore, for them, it is unthinkable to Getting pregnant at 40raise a baby into that sort of environment. Gone are the days when one salary could easily be enough to start and raise a family. So they leave it a bit later whilst the mom and dad build up some savings.

But with women leaving motherhood later and later, this is bringing about its own complications. Understandably, they still want a natural pregnancy. So, are there pregnancy risks after 40 ? And can you even have a successful pregnancy after 40 ? The answer to both of these questions is yes.

As with all risks, those associated with pregnancy after 40 years of age can be minimised and there is much evidence of women who have had a successful pregnancy after 40. These can be attributed to reversing your biological clock (or at least maintaining what you have in your existing biological clock).

Old beliefs that women are born with a certain amount of eggs and once they’re gone, they’re gone, are starting to be questioned. The same question marks are being raised about the ever decreasing quality of female eggs as she gets older. The fact is, healthy ovulation can be extended into later life and late motherhood does not mean surrogacy, egg donation, recurrent miscarriage or adoption.

Pregnancy After 40 – Modern Day Studies

A recent study, in mice, at Massachusetts General Hospital (published in ‘Nature’) suggested that they continuously replenish their eggs. The conclusion being that there is no reason why humans couldn’t see pregnancy after 40 as the norm.

Other studies elsewhere have suggested :

  • Dr. Randine Lewis (Oriental medicine expert) : If you treat the kidneys and spleen (which are affected by the female’s aging reproductive systems) you can frequently turn back the reproductive aging clock.
  • Zhai Fertility Treatment clinic of London : Abnormally high levels of FSH revert to normal levels after applying traditional Chinese medicine.
  • Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Center in Colorado Springs : Patients with a poor chance of getting pregnant improved to normal levels of expectancy after undergoing traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • J. F. Nelson, R. G. Gosden and L. S. Felicio : concluded that rodents fed on a special diet suited to fertility reduced significantly follicle reduction in their ovaries.
  • Harvard Medical School studies concluded that conception rates doubled (compared with a control group) in women who attended a mind and body fertility get-away. A different study from the same school found drastic increases in conception from women who changed their diet to one known to improve fertility.
  • R.G. Godsen and C.E. Finch : Concluded that diet can reduce the speed at which ovaries age.

So, what’s the overall message here ? It would seem that Chinese medicine and / or a ‘special diet’ can greatly improve the chances of pregnancy after 40 years of age.

So pregnancy after 40 is achievable then ?

Yes, but if you accept that your chances of pregnancy after 40 are generally good, some might still be concerned that their genes will Fertility after 40let them down. Well that needn’t be the case, as other studies have shown that the menopause in identical twins can be as much as five years apart. And, furthermore, this gap actually appeared in 20 % of those twins in the study. Environmental factors also have a noticeable impact here. So genes might not be the issue you think it is.

Developing on what I said above  : Diet, stress, exercise, drugs (legal and illegal) all contribute to damaging our chances of pregnancy after 40. The good news is that we can control all of these things, so getting pregnant at 40 is achievable and pregnancy risks after 40 can be greatly reduced.

All I would say is that with conceiving natrually over 40 you just need to be specific and calculated in how you go about getting pregnant. Just ‘doing it’ and hoping for the best is likely to lead to frustration and disappointment.

What I recommend for all moms that are trying to get pregnant is to quit surfing the net for ‘magical cures’ and that ‘special piece of information’ – because although there is some great information out there – there is also some questionable articles. Far more success is seen by women who follow a program (even an infertility support group), rather than just picking up tips here and there.

Seriously, I wouldn’t even recommend my own highly regarded 100 Tips for Getting Pregnant series of articles as a guarantee of success. You really should follow a step by step guide.

With that in mind, you will note that I make several recommendations on this website – most of which are natural remedies for fertility. Of these, one course stands out by far for moms looking at enhancing their fertility and, ultimately, pregnancy after 40 years of age. It’s called Pregnancy Miracle, by Lisa Olson. This product is ideal for older moms and I have done a review of the product here : Lisa Olson’s Pregnancy Miracle Review.

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Whatever you do, please take some form of action. I have heard too many stories of moms surfing the net for months (even years) and not getting anywhere. Trying to get pregnant really needs to be a mechanical step by step process for some families, if that’s you, then stop the searching now and take action.

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