Reproductive Health Information - Fertility Causes
Known and theoretical causes of Infertility.
Yes. Most of the following apply to both men and women.
Age is a primary cause and risk factor of infertility. Statistically, once over the age of 35, chances of conception each month when trying to conceive drop quite drastically, as well, the chances of miscarriage increases.
Weight is a risk factor of infertility and a cause of increased incidence of miscarriage. Obesity is an epidemic that can be avoided or reversed with proper support, sensible diet and nutrition, sustainable healthier lifestyle choices, deep commitments to change, and shining lights on the aspects of yourself that will sabotage your success.
Smoking and alcohol use have been definitively linked to infertility. The bottle and the butts must go, it is that simple. When we see clearly that our health is directly correlated to our fertility, we will vow to live in a way that optimizes and preserves our health and well-being.
Drug and toxin exposure have major impacts on many aspects of our health and fertility. Be sure your doctor clearly defines the risks toward your fertility of medications you are taking. As well, a multitude of environmental toxins that have hormonal disrupting effects surround us daily. Educating yourself on chemicals such as phthalates is extremely important.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) most notably chlamydia and herpes, either make it impossible to produce offspring on your own (blocked tubes from infection) or produce disease mechanisms not yet fully understood that make conception difficult.
Tubal blockage can either be complete obstruction of one or both tubes, partial blockage, or a fluid filled tube called a hydrosalpinx. The full and partial blockages often are caused by a past chlamydial infection or endometriosis that has damaged the tube physically. In this scenario, when it is both tubes affected, IVF is necessary in order to get pregnant. If it is a fluid filled scenario (hydrosalpinx), a woman may notice watery discharge or very watery periods. HSG tests, abdominal massage, acupuncture, and Chinese herbals often help this condition. The tubal fluid creates a toxic uterine environment for the implanting embryo. One other condition commonly seen is that of a fallopian tube that is in spasm and therefore appears as blocked when in essence it is not. Acupuncture and meditation can often help this condition as well.
Endometriosis is a condition where uterine tissue is present outside of the uterus. This can cause inflammation, damage, and obstruction of the regular function of the uterus, ovaries, and tubes. See the Endometriosis section for more information.