Infertility is a health condition affecting not only one nation but all couples worldwide. As years go by, couples who experience infertility increase. Learn more about infertility and the treatments that are available for you.
Infertility is defined as the inability of the couple to conceive a child. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of couples suffering from this health condition reached 48 million couples and 186 million individuals globally.
Also, the 2018 World Population Data recorded that the average worldwide fertility rate is 2.4 births per woman. The data signifies that women are bearing fewer children compared to the past years. The countries with the highest fertility rates are Niger, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In contrast, the countries with the lowest fertility rates are Taiwan, Moldova, and Portugal.
In the United States, the Key Statistics from the National Survey of Family growth recorded that the highest percentage of women experiencing impaired fecundity are married women aged 15 to 49. For women, the most common factors are the problem in the ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, and endocrine system.
Treatments for Infertility
Couples are also struggling with choosing what kind of treatments since most assisted reproductive technologies (ART) procedures are expensive. Aside from that, some of the countries don’t have these kinds of procedures. Couples have to leave their jobs and go abroad for treatments. However, natural remedies are possible. They are less costly and more convenient to practice.
A healing diet includes organic food and vegetables rich in vitamins.
A proper and healthy diet helps in conceiving. Healing diets are composed of nutritious foods that are helpful in the process of the reproductive and the endocrine system. There are also unhealthy foods that need to prevent while on a healing diet.
Some of the foods included in a healing diet are organic foods, fish that are high in omega-3s, vitamin E-rich foods, foods rich in vitamin C, and foods that are rich in folate. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and Brussel sprouts are also recommended. For men, eating pumpkin seeds is available since they provide zinc that is essential to reproduction.
If you are on a healing diet, you have to avoid foods like high-fat processed meats and refined sugar. Also, you have to stop taking alcohol, caffeine, and drugs like marijuana. These substances have adverse effects on your reproductive health.
Taking fertility-promoting supplements will help you to conceive.
Taking natural fertility-promoting supplements also help in achieving child-bearing. The recommended fertility-promoting supplements include evening primrose oil, vitex, vitamin C, B-complex, progesterone cream, and vitamin E.
They boost fertility by increasing cervical mucus, strengthening uterine function, balancing estrogen and progesterone ratios, and stimulating ovaries. Moreover, they help prevent sperm agglutination in men.
Deep breathing is one of the ways to reduce stress.
Researchers revealed that an enzyme called alpha-amylase was found in the saliva of women who are trying to get pregnant for one year. This enzyme helps the body in digesting carbohydrates, and it is also associated with fight-or-flight stress hormones. The researchers found out that women who have a lower alpha-amylase have more chance of getting pregnant.
There are different ways to decrease your stress naturally. One of these is stress management techniques. The activities that would help you reduce stress are progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, meditation, and imagery.
The benefits of these exercises include a decrease in blood pressure and breathing rates and a more relaxed mind and the body throughout the day. Furthermore, activities like deep breathing relieve stress by shutting the flight-and-fight response in the brain.
Having enough sleep
Smelling lavender before you go to bed increases the quality of your sleep.
Studies have shown that not getting sleep results in more stress. Some people have a hard time sleeping through pressure and stress. Here are some natural ways to help you have enough sleep:
Dr. Yaron Seidman DAOM