Having a baby is the dream of many couples, but sometimes it turns into a nightmare when the pregnancy is slow to arrive. Further to the detailed explanation of the miracle of conception, infertility diagnosis, treatment and in vitro fertilization, there are natural alternatives. From food to acupuncture, infertile couples will learn that these methods work, even though doctors and fertility clinics not say a word about them.
What is infertility?
Infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of trying. This criterion was set by the World Health Organization.
Contrary to what some may believe, infertility affects as much as the other. And it increases, especially to the side of man. Sperm count gets lowered by an average of 1% to 2% per year, as well as in their quality (motility, morphology). This is mainly due to pollution and all the chemicals that disrupt our hormones. But drugs and stress also are the contributing factors.
Besides the traditional medicine and in vitro fertilization, there are more natural methods
Even if they are not very fast, other methods are worth to be tested, and conventional fertility clinics do not talk about it. Acupuncture and chiropractic give very good results. But there is also psychotherapy and different “Mind-Body Programs” that are trying to act on the body and on the mind. We now know that infertility may be related to psychological problems, but also may be caused by a very stressful and unbalanced lifestyle. It is then necessary to rebuild the health, simply based on sports and healthy eating for at least three months.
Diet plays an important role
It is a certain that food and nutrient influence hormonal balance. Shortages of vitamin A, zinc, magnesium and antioxidants can cause hormonal imbalance and block ovulation. Similarly, we know that overweight and excessive thinness can disrupt menstrual cycles. So just apply the general recommendations of nutritionists who prefer fresh foods, unprocessed fruits and vegetables, whole grains, vegetables, meat and eliminate bad fats, fast food, too sugary things and salt. Otherwise the body devotes all its energy to detoxify the wrong fuel that causes problems to functions such as fertility.
All the right nutrients are found in a balanced diet, but if you are unsure whether they are present on your plate, taking supplements may be helpful. For example, vitamin A protects cells (thus making the embryo), vitamin B are vital for hormone production and balance, and beta-carotene helps regulate the cycle and ovulation. But not just any kind of diet, it is better to follow the recommendations of a nutritionist who will offer you a suitable program, because a wrong dosage of nutrients can do more harm than good.
Physical activity and some sports are better
Moderate exercise is essential because it will fight against anything that interferes with fertility: stress, obesity, anxiety, sleep disorders, as well as certain immune problems. Choose brisk walking, cycling, swimming, skating, that workout the muscles but also the cardiovascular system. Short sessions of 20 minutes, three times a week are enough. May then increase it to 40 minutes. But again, watch out. Sport at high intensity may backfire and destabilize fertility. This is known as adolescent sporting. Elite marathoners and fans of bodybuilding often do not menstruate. To reduce stress, do yoga and also dao yin, a method of deep breathing.
Acupuncture: How can it help fertility?
Acupuncture gives very good results in addition to conventional treatments, especially to increase the chances of a successful in vitro fertilization and reduce the stress of treatment. But it can also be used alone to balance hormones, restore ovulation or stimulate the release of eggs from the ovaries. Also, acupuncture is good to treat fibroids and endometriosis, disorders of the uterus that can interfere with the implantation of the embryo or the polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that relates to many infertile women. The results are surprising.
Chiropractic is used to correct posture, mobility and blood circulation, but also improve soil fertility by releasing the pressure on spinal nerves, connected to the uterus. Merely adjusting the “nerve interference” caused by the deformation of the spine also has an impact on fertility.
The herbal medicine is an option
In herbal medicine, using the plant as a whole rather than its active ingredients alone is a good choice. Chaste Tree, for example, would be a great “hormonal regulator” since time immemorial. It would affect the irregularity, stop the growth of fibroids and help balance the hormones. It is important not to resort to self-medication rather consult a recognized herbalist.
How to choose an option over another?
You have to go with the instincts and know that all these methods can be combined together even with conventional treatment, such as in vitro fertilization. Some approaches, like acupuncture, are really worth to be tried for minor ailments, such as ovulation, especially if the couple is young.