About 15% of couples across developed countries face infertility. According to statistics, there is a 50% chance that it may be because of female infertility. A couple faces infertility when they fail to conceive after having a year of unprotected sex. In the case where the couple is childless, it is known as primary infertility. In cases where the couple already has a child but fails to have the next, it is known as secondary infertility. Female infertility tends to be caused by a few major causes:
- Poly cystic ovarian syndrome
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Premature ovarian failure (early onset of menopause)
- Elevated prolactin levels
- Uterine fibroids
- Structural obstructions
Of the above listed causes, two significant patterns can be extracted, infertility caused by hormones and infertility caused by obstructions.
Hormone related infertility
The most common, poly cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which a woman has an irregular menstrual pattern. Due to a hormonal imbalance, the eggs in her ovary develop irregularly and never fully mature and release in to the uterus. She puts on weight, especially around her hips, has thinning hair and painful cramps.
Endometriosis is another very common cause for fertility issues. It occurs when tissue that is similar to the lining in a woman’s womb begins to grow outside the womb, usually in a woman’s pelvic region, although it can grow elsewhere in the body.
Premature ovarian failure also known as early onset of menopause is another hormone related condition to cause infertility. Here, due to high production of FSH hormone, the body starts depleting its follicles. This condition occurs in only 1% of women and is caused by genetic disorders, radiations and certain diseases.
Hyperprolactinemia is a condition where there are abnormally high levels of prolactin in a non-pregnant female. The hormone is usually associated with pregnancy and stimulates the breasts to start milk production. The elevated levels of this hormone in turn reduce the levels of gonadotropin hormones which stimulate fertility.
Obstruction related fertility
Uterine fibroids are the most common cause of infertility in women in their 30s. These fibroids are non-cancerous tumors which obstruct the chances of a healthy fetus being implanted. Uterine fibroids in the fallopian tubes obstruct the chance of the egg meeting the sperm. If it is located in the uterus, it may prevent implantation of the fetus on the uterine wall.
Structural obstructions to pregnancy may also be caused by a variety of unknown reasons. Some women were born with uteruses that are shaped differently or blocked fallopian tubes. In some situations, when a woman has an accident or an abortion, her uterus is no longer conducive for pregnancy due to the damage that has occurred.
Most of these conditions can be treated naturally. In the next blog I will be writing more in detail about the most common causes of infertility, starting with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This is one of the most common causes of infertility. Incorporating dietary changes, supplements and homeopathic remedies, this condition can be overcome. Not only will it lead to pregnancy, but by making these changes further health problems such as diabetes can be prevented.
Evelin Liddell is a Homeopath and Fertility Specialist with over 15 years experience in the natural health field mainly working with women and children. She has trained with some of the biggest names in the natural health field.
Too many couples are misinformed about their options of resolving fertility issues. In most cases natural solutions can be found to help make their dream of parenthood a reality. Evelin enjoys helping couples along this special journey of reclaiming their natural fertility and fulfilling their dream of having a baby.
Evelin also has a special interest in nutrition and is currently the only metabolic balance® coach in Queensland, Australia.