Some disorders and conditions lead to infertility. Found out more about these disorders and their treatments.
According to the data of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 8 couples have a difficult time conceiving. This kind of situation leads to frustration and depression.
Different kinds of medical conditions could have caused infertility. By knowing more about these disorders, treatment is easier. Some of these medical conditions can only be diagnosed through the help of an ob-gyn or a reproductive endocrinologist.
Painful cramps during menstruation are one of the symptoms of endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a kind of condition wherein tissue that is found in the lining of the wombs starts to grow in other areas such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Some of its causes are retrograde menstrual flow and genetic factors.
Researchers believe that endometriosis may cause luteal phase defects, resulting in low levels of progesterone or a poor build-up of the uterine lining after ovulation. Here are the symptoms of endometriosis:
Studies have shown that some herbs are effective in treating endometriosis such as curcumin, chamomile, peppermint, lavender, ginger, and ashwagandha. Making changes in your diet by avoiding sweets and adding your intake of omega-3 is also good in treating the disorder.
Luteal Phase Defect
Eating foods that are rich in vitamins increases the fertility of women with luteal phase defects.
Luteal phase defect is a disorder where the secretion of progesterone by the ovary is below normal or the endometrium is not responding to the normal stimulation of progesterone. It is frequently associated with infertility.
The disorder may affect 3% to 4% of infertile couples. Here are symptoms of the luteal phase defect:
Research revealed that an adequate supply of vitamin C helps in improving hormone levels and increases fertility in women with luteal phase defects. Some of the foods that are rich in vitamin C are papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, sprouts, strawberry, and oranges.
Smoking affects the fertility of men.
Studies revealed that 30% of infertility cases are related to male factor issues. Men who are facing infertility may experience a feeling of guilt, anger, and low self-esteem. It is important to recognize the emotional pain that a male is going through.
Some of the factors that contribute to male infertility are structural abnormalities, sperm production disorders, ejaculatory disturbances, and immunological disorders. Here are some types of male factor problems that contribute to infertility:
Converting to a healthier lifestyle will help men boost their fertility. This can be done by quitting smoking, avoiding excessive alcohol and drug use, getting enough sleep, getting enough vitamins, and eating more antioxidant-rich foods.
Maintaining healthy weight treats multiple miscarriage.
Records showed that of all pregnancies, 15% to 20% end in miscarriages. Recurrent pregnancy loss is the condition when there is a loss of two or more pregnancies. A pregnancy is categorized as clinical when it is documented by an ultrasound or a pathological diagnosis.
If you have experienced multiple miscarriages, it is very important to talk with your physician or an infertility specialist who can diagnose the possible causes. Here are some of the most common causes of multiple miscarriages:
● Genetic problems
● Abnormal hormone levels
● Structural problems
● Cervical issues
● Environmental factors
● Immunologic causes
Following a healthy lifestyle will help you treat a recurrent miscarriage. You should maintain a healthy weight, take precautions against infections, manage chronic conditions, and practice safe sex. It is also recommended to take folic acid.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Weight gain is one of the symptoms of PCOS.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder for women and a leading cause of infertility. It is a condition in which the ovaries produce an abnormal amount of androgen- a male sex hormone that is present in women but in a very small amount.
Women with PCOS have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and endometrial cancer. Here are some of the symptoms of PCOS:
PCOS can be treated naturally by being strategic in your calorie intake, supplementing vitamin D and calcium, getting enough magnesium, increasing chromium, and loading up on omega-3s. Maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise will also help.
Dr. Yaron Seidman DAOM