WOMEN'S HEALTH - INFERTILITY
An integrative approach to discovering the underlying causes of infertility can help resolve reproductive issues far more quickly than focusing on statistics and hormone tests. Approximately one in five couples has trouble conceiving a child. If a couple is unable to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse, they are said to be sub fertile. In most cases, the couple can be helped with assisted reproductive technologies. For around one in 10 couples investigated for infertility, no cause is found. at least 9 percent of the reproductive age group of women.
Causes of female infertility
There are many known common causes that may lead to female infertility.
Some of these common causes include –
- Ovulatory disorders
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Premature ovarian failure
- Uterine factors
- A history of sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea and chlamydia may cause damage to the fallopian tube. Such STD is often contracted on having unprotected sex with different partners, which in turn may lead tofemale infertility.
- Older women run a major risk when it comes to issues of conceiving. Once a woman has crossed the age of 32, the quality and quantity of the eggs begin to deteriorate. Women above the age group of 35 run a risk of miscarriage and other complications.
- Women who smoke are run a higher risk of female infertility. Smoking results in aging the ovaries and depletion of eggs in a premature manner, this leads to reducing the chances of a woman conceiving. Doctors advise women who go though fertility programs to quit smoking from a certain time period before the program starts.
- Excessive weight may be a hindrance for a woman to conceive. Being overweight limits the chances of normal ovulation, which in turn may lead to female infertility.
- Intake of excessive alcohol on a regular basis instigates and increases chances of contracting endometriosis and ovulation disorders leading to female infertility.
- Women who are prone to having more than six cups of coffee a day may run a risk of female infertility.
The treatments for female infertility, is based on a dual basis, which involves –
- Attempting to restore fertility through medication or surgery
- Assisting in reproduction with better and sophisticated techniques used.
Our Integrative Approach
Investigating suspected infertility requires a range of tests for both the woman and her partner. Some of the tests the woman may undergo include:
- Physical examination - including medical history.
- Blood tests - to check for the presence of ovulation hormones.
- Ultrasound scans - to check the health of reproductive organs.
- Laparoscopy - the reproductive organs are examined via a slender instrument (laparoscope) inserted through a small incision in the abdomen.
- If tests reveal progesterone deficiency, a progesterone replacement therapy is conducted to help restore fertility.
- In case of problems of hormonal dysfunction within the female body, Hormone therapy can be an alternative to cure hypoactivity or hyperactivity, resulting from the thyroid gland.
Detoxification can also be very helpful. Plastics, pesticides and pollutants are endocrine disrupters and can play havoc with the normal levels of hormones. We have had many cases where both partners went through a detoxification program and were then able to conceive and have a healthy baby.