Understanding Fertility problems
Statistics state that fertility problems affects 1 in 6 couples. Both men and women can be affected with fertility issues, approximately 40% is attributed to the male partner, 40% to the female partner, and the remaining 20% being a combination of both partners or is “Unexplained”.
Difficulties in conceiving can often be very stressful and upsetting for couples.
There are many different causes for infertility or sub-fertility, such as problems which are linked to stress/anxiety or hormonal imbalances (e.g. Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, irregular or no menstrual cycle etc). The ability to conceive can also be dependent on many other factors. Modern day life can have a significant impact on health and therefore on fertility too. It can be directly correlated to the foods you eat, and your lifestyle, even occupation, which can affect both you and your partner.
Can you relate to any of these?
- Work-related stress levels are high, working excessive hours?
- Is your alcohol intake high? Do you “binge” drink to “let your hair down” or forget about your problems?
- Are your eating habits poor, erratic patterns, poor diet and/or convenience’ foods?
- Are you over-weight/under weight?
- Are you a smoker?
- Do you find you don’t have time to exercise or have the inability to relax, poor sleep pattern?
What causes fertility problems in men?
In men, the most common reasons for infertility are sperm disorders. These problems include:
- Low sperm count. This means there are too few or no spermatozoa in the semen.
- Low sperm motility. This means that the sperm don’t move as well as they should.
- Malformation of the sperm.
- Blocked sperm ducts.
- A temporary drop in sperm production -This happens when the testicles have been injured, such as when the testicles have been too hot for too long or the man has been exposed to chemicals or medications that affect sperm production.
- Increased alcohol intake and smoking can also have a negative effect on sperm count.
What causes fertility problems in women?
Conditions affecting a woman’s fertility can include:
- Damage to the fallopian tubes
- Ovulatory problems
- Conditions affecting the uterus
- A combination of factors
- No identifiable reason.
Other factors that may play a part include:
- Age – female fertility declines sharply after the age of 35
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Gynaecological problems such as previous ectopic pregnancy or having had more than one miscarriage
- Medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, and thyroid and bowel diseases
- Lifestyle factors such as stress, being overweight or underweight, and smoking.
There are many ways that can increase your chances of conceiving a child naturally, such as lifestyle and dietary changes, making time to relax and de-stress, and looking into complementary therapies such as Fertility Massage or Fertility Reflexology.
Whether you are trying for a baby naturally or with assisted fertility I can support you and improve your chances every step of the way, using the latest techniques with proven, evidence based therapies which can help you.
Treatment is offered to both partners, please contact me for a consultation to discuss your treatment plan