Are you trying for a baby and wonder if you may have infertility problems?
Are you hoping to give birth to the healthiest baby possible?
Potential Male Fertility Issues
Male fertility is equally important to successful conception and healthy sperm will ensure the best possible outcome for couples wishing to conceive. If they are strong and mobile, they have a better chance of surviving the trip to the egg.
Men are generally known to be less proactive about addressing any health concerns until they become chronic problems. We encourage you to address any health issues as they arise, to enable you to achieve and maintain optimum health. This allows you to enjoy a full, active life and cope with the challenges of a hectic family, work and social schedule.
Like women, men have unique health needs. By assisting healing with injuries such as musculo-skeletal pain, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory illnesses, diabetes and blood sugar regulation , high cholesterol, hypertension and cardiovascular problems, fertility is naturally improved as the male regains his maximum strength. Often consultations with men involved treating and managing stress, anxiety, depression and general fatigue.
The male reproductive system is made up of the two testes and a system of ductal tubes which combines semen and sperm. The role of the testes are to produce sperm and also to produce the male sex hormone, testosterone.
Male infertility can be caused by a number of issues, including poor nutrition, physical injury or increased oxidative stress to the developing sperm. Infertility can also be a result of problems with the physical sperm transport process.
Healthy Sperm for a Healthy Baby
Low numbers of sperm or poor quality sperm is the most common cause of infertility in males. Approximately 65% of infertile men have sperm production problems.
Blockages or obstructions in the tubes leading sperm away from the testes to the penis can cause a complete lack of sperm in the ejaculated semen. This is the second most common cause of male infertility and affects about 20% infertile men.
In some men substances in the semen and/or blood called sperm antibodies can develop which can reduce sperm movement and inhibit egg fertilization. Immune modulating herbal medicine is used by herbalists to down regulate the immune system in these men. According to latest statistics approximately one in every 16 infertile men have such sperm antibodies.
Difficulties with sexual intercourse, such as erection or ejaculation problems, can also prevent couples from a successful pregnancy.
Female Fertility Issues
Working with a wide range of health issues including allergies, stress related conditions, digestive issues, auto-immune conditions, lowered immunity, skin complaints and fatigue are some important considerations when considering optimal female fertility. Addressing specific issues and achieving optimum health is an excellent way to support people to achieve better hormonal balance and improve fertility.
A woman experiences significant phases of hormonal change from adolescence, through pregnancy and motherhood and into menopause and older age. These changes influence not only her menstrual cycle, but her general health as well and may herald changes in nutritional needs, physical ability and susceptibility to illness or disease. A balanced, well functioning hormonal system ensures optimal health in a woman.
By incorporating herbal medicine, nutritional support, dietary improvements, lifestyle modifications and pathology assessment, a couple can drastically improve their chance of conceiving a healthy, happy baby. Several groups of couples can benefit from a Naturopathic approach to fertility management.
A Natural Approach can help –
- Normal, healthy fertile couples who want to have the healthiest child possible
- Couples who have general infertility with or without known cause
- Couples with single or recurrent miscarriages
- Couples with a previous history of malformation, premature birth, low birth weight, stillbirth or sudden infant death syndrome
- Women over 40 years with a history of PMS