Archive | March 25, 2016

How to Manage Infertility

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Heads bowed eyes closed let’s pray.  Whether it’s you as a couple that has an infertility problem or a friend or family member that needs your prayers.  “God we come before you humbly, asking in your infinite wisdom to bring peace to couples going through this difficult period in their lives.  God only you know the plans you have for their life.  Give them hope and quiet their souls and strengthen their relationships, in the name of Jesus, Amen.”  Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  Psalm 46: 10, “Be still and know that I am God.”

What is Infertility?

Infertility means not being able to get pregnant after one year of trying. (or six months if the woman is 35 years or older).  Women who get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant may also be infertile.

Pregnancy is a result of a process that has many steps. In order to get pregnant:

  • A woman’s body must release an egg from one of her ovaries (ovulation)
  • The egg must go through a Fallopian tube toward her uterus ( womb)
  • A man’s sperm must join with, ( fertilize), the egg along the way
  • The fertilized egg must attach to the inside of the uterus ( implantation)

Infertility can happen if there is a problem with any one of these steps

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Upset couple finding out results of a pregnancy test

Is Infertility a common problem?

Yes.  About 10% of women, (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

What causes infertility in women?

Most  causes of female infertility are caused by problems with ovulation.  Without ovulation there are no eggs to be fertilized.  One sign that a woman is not ovulating normally include irregular or absent menstrual periods.  Ovulation problems are often caused by (PCOS) Poly cystic ovarian syndrome.  PCOS is a hormone imbalance problem which can interfere with normal ovulation.  POI is another cause of ovulation problems.  POI occurs when a woman’s ovaries stop working normally before she is 40.  POI is not the same as early menopause.

Other causes less common in women are:

  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Physical problems with uterus
  • Uterine fibroids

What things increase a woman’s risk of infertility?

  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Poor diet
  •  stress
  • Athletic training
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Health problems that cause hormonal changes

It is a good idea for any woman to talk to a doctor before trying to get pregnant.  Doctors can help you get your body ready to have a healthy baby.  They can also answer questions and give tips on conceiving.

Is infertility just a woman’s problem?

No.  Both men and women can have problems that cause infertility.  About one-third of infertility  cases are caused by women’s problems.  Another one-third are due to the man.  The other cases are caused by a mixture of both the man and the woman’s problems, or by unknown problems.

What causes infertility in men?

  • Varicocele.  Pronounced (vair-ih-koh-seel)  This happens when the veins on a man’s testicles are too large.  This heats the testicles.  The heat can affect the number or shape of the sperm.
  • Factors that cause a man to make too few sperms or none at all ( Low sperm Count)
  • Movement of the sperm.  Injuries or other damage to the reproductive system block the sperm

What  increases a man’s risk of infertility?

  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Drugs
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Environmental toxins including pesticides and lead
  • Health problems, such as, mumps, kidney disease, or hormone problems
  • medications
  • Age
  • Radiation treatment

These are the medical and scientific answers.  Then there is the percentage of the unknown where a couple may be seemingly healthy and still unable to conceive.  That’s where medical science ends and God steps in who is the inventor and controller of your reproductive health.  As Christians we must lean on God for the answers when we are unable to figure things out on our own.  It is important to know in cases like this God is not punishing you.  He has a unique plan for your life.  Isaiah 55:9, “My ways are not your ways my thoughts are higher than your thoughts as far as the heavens are from the earth.”  So where the doctor falls short, you have to consult the one that has knowledge of ALL things.  God uses the “..simple things to confound the wise.”  1 Corinthians 1:27.  What He’s saying here is you don’t know it all.  But one thing is for sure God has a plan.

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6 All Natural Fertility Promoters

  1. Chiropractic Care for infertility.  Chiropractic care is based on the wellness of the entire body, not simply treating one symptom with a drug, or surgery as we often do today.  According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, ( ICPA) research shows that any misalignment in the spinal column can impact nerve impulses.  It’s vital to have a healthy spine in order to have a healthy reproductive system.

  2. Decrease your exposure to toxins.  We live in a world with far too many toxins polluting our insides.  They can alter hormones in your body with detrimental effects.  Some plastics are a risk for certain cancers.  Anything you put on your skin will be absorbed into the bloodstream.  It’s important to check your soaps, shampoos, creams and lotions for dangerous toxins.  You can rate many of your products on the Cosmetic Safety databasee.

  3. Exercise to balance hormones.  From the release of the egg to the condition of the sperm and it’s ability to reach and fertilize the egg, hormones play a role in just about every process when it comes to conception.

  4. Healthy diet to balance hormones.  What we eat contributes to our body’s chemistry, in particular our hormones.  Avoid sugars, especially refined, highly processed and unhealthy fats like rancid vegetable oils.  You have to eat healthy when planning to conceive.  Would you give your one year old a greasy cheeseburger with fries?

  5. Decrease Stress.   If you’re stressed out your cortisol levels are elevated which leads to not only infertility but all sorts of other physical and mental problems.

  6. Supplement with GLA.  Once you’ve made sure to follow the 5 above steps to balance your hormones and clear your body of unwanted toxins, you can look at adding GLA, Gamma-linolenic acid to your daily regime.  This omega 3 fatty acid has been shown to increase the production of cervical mucus a factor in successful reproduction.

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Get Proactive!

Through Social media you can start a faith-based support group to raise awareness, garner support, and stay strong during this process.  Knowing that you’re not alone going through this will go a long way to keeping mentally and emotionally strong.  It can be an encouragement for women, couples, or both.  Share your story, hear others, encourage one another.  Share information that you have learned.  Avoid the trap of isolating yourself during this period.  Make it social.  Do a once a month meeting at your home, and take turns with the other women hosting at their homes.  Serve light snacks and beverages. Keep the goal in mind to support one another regardless of the outcome.

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Unfortunately sometimes the fact that a woman cannot conceive can be a blessing in disguise because for whatever reason giving birth could cause her harm.  In which case a surrogate mom may be needed. You’ve heard of cases where the baby survived and the mother did not.

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