infertility

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7.3 million Americans, or 1 in 8 couples of childbearing, age are infertile.

The number of women who used infertility services to try to conceive was 9.3 million, and the number of married couples who were infertile was 2.1 million.

The cost of medical fertility treatments is astronomical – the business of “babies” is one of the most profitable areas of medicine today. Tests and treatment for infertility or subfertility cost considerable money.

Infertility is a modern epidemic. In the United States in 2005, the number of women age 15 to 44 with an impaired ability to have children reached 6.1 million.

The availability of modern assisted reproductive techniques, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), has made treatment even more expensive because of the expertise and technology needed for these procedures. This means there really is no limit concerning how much couples can spend in their pursuit of having a baby.

The average IVF cycle across U.S. fertility practices varies from $18,000 up to as much as $25,000 per cycle (treatment, appointment, and drugs). But the harsh reality is that the success rate is as low as 6 percent live-birth per IVF cycle.

Infertility is defined as the inability to achieve natural conception after a period of time of unprotected intercourse, usually 12 months, in a couple of reproductive age. Infertility is not synonymous with sterility, and it is important to differentiate these terms. Sterility is defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy, and affects only 1 percent to 2 percent of couples. Infertility should be more clearly termed as subfertility – the decreased capacity to achieve conception.

Primary infertility refers to those who have never before conceived and secondary infertility refers to those who have achieved conception sometime in the past and thereafter became infertile.

Both partners in the couple can potentially contribute to the etiology of infertility and subfertility, as one or both may be considered subfertile. Thorough evaluation of the couple will point to a probable cause in 85 percent to 90 percent of cases.

A primary diagnosis of male factors affecting fertility can contribute up to 30 percent of cases, and a secondary diagnosis of male factors can attribute an additional 20 percent to 30 percent.

Primary and secondary female factors attribute 40 percent to 50 percent of cases. The diagnosis of unexplained infertility is given to couples who have normal range results in a standard infertility workup occurs in 15 percent of cases.

HOLISTIC APPROACH, NATURAL SOLUTIONS

Current conventional treatment regimes available for infertility overlook the more subtle etiologies of infertility, such as:

  • Low-grade subclinical genitourinary infections;
  • Nutritional deficiency;
  • Occupational or environmental toxicity, which may include heavy-metal toxicity and exposure to radiation, pesticides, and solvents;
  • Subclinical nutritional deficiency issues;
  • Immune weakness
  • Allergies; and
  • Stress.

When a holistic approach is taken in the evaluation of the case at hand in conjunction with a systemic approach to evaluation and functional diagnosis, these subtle etiologies become evident and can be addressed appropriately with botanical and nutritional medicine.

Most importantly, a holistic practitioner reviews the case as a totality, not simply a reproductive issue. Infertility is much more than just a female- and male-reproductive systems issue; it’s a whole-health concern.

Fertility challenges should be seen as an opportunity for the couple to engage in an active naturopathic treatment plan to improve their overall health, allowing their bodies to produce vital, healthy DNA for reproduction. It is often overlooked that when the DNA of the sperm and ova combine at conception, the health of the child has been genetically determined at this point in time.

Couples should be encouraged to participate in a period of preconception care, in which their overall health can be improved with the use of herbs, nutrition, and dietary and lifestyle modifications. This way, not only will they improve their chances of natural conception, but they also will be more likely to have a healthy, complication-free pregnancy and a healthy child.

Nutritional support helps fertility. Between 1990 and 1993, Foresight, a British Medical Association for the promotion of preconception, conducted a study using a nutritional and lifestyle modification preconception care program.The results were nothing less than remarkable. There was a tenfold reduction in the expected incidence of miscarriage and birth defects and a more than an 80 percent success rate with unexplained infertility.

It was evaluated that before the study started, 60 percent of the women drank alcohol regularly and 57 percent of the women were previously smokers. Out of the 367 couples in the study, 327 (89 percent) successfully became pregnant and 327 children were born. All of these babies were born healthy.

Among the 204 couples with infertility problems, 175 (86 percent) were able to achieve a healthy pregnancy.

One of the most significant aspects of these results was the involvement of both partners in the program. With their participation, both female factors and male factors were concurrently addressed.

In addition to nutritional supplementation, the study included lifestyle and social modifications, including the cessation of smoking, as well as coffee and alcohol consumption. Smoking and coffee consumption have been linked to subfertility and delayed conception.

We have created one of the most sophisticated and complete natural fertility preconception programs ever devised. With ease of mind, you can start your journey to become healthy parents of healthy children at the Lozier Natural Health Center.