Infertility is something I am very familiar with. When my mother was pregnant with me, she took a drug called DES that was believed to prevent miscarriages. They later found out DES could cause a slew of health issues in offspring including infertility, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, breast, vagina, and cervical cancer, etc. Long story short, I have never had two periods in a row in my entire life! Not only that, I didn’t have my twins until I was 38! 38 is not exactly a woman’s most fertile years, but I was desperate to have children. I went through my own experimentation to figure out what my body needed to let me have three beautiful children. This journey has led me to help many conceive. For both males and females why does infertility happen in the first place? 1) Lifestyle - A body needs to be nourished to support life. As for males, it’s been well studied that the Western diet is associated with lower sperm counts. Processed vegetable oils like canola and corn oil are corrosive to our health. Stick to butter, ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, and tallow. In addition, Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in infertile men resulted in a ~50% increase in sperm count and near doubling in sperm concentration. We sell it here at Perfectly Healthy. 2) Hormonal problems - Hormonal problems could prevent the normal release of eggs or the development of the uterine wall which can limit women's ability to conceive. Testosterone levels in men have been dramatically declining over the past few decades. In fact, in the 1940s, testosterone levels in men were approximately twice as high as they are today. What causes hormonal problems? Unhealthy lifestyle factors such as consuming a diet high in processed carbs, a lack of exercise, chronic stress, low-quality sleep, and xenoestrogens. 3) Xenoestrogens - Xenoestrogens are foreign chemicals that act like estrogen and bind to the estrogen receptors of cells in your body. They disrupt the endocrine system (which is responsible for hormone production), leading to disease, the growth of adipose tissue (fat), and infertility in humans and animals of all ages. Examples include phthalates in plastic and parabens in makeup. 4) Hereditary conditions - Diseases of the ovaries (POD), genetic malformations of the fallopian tubes, uterine conditions that prevent implantation. 5) Depression - One study of 3,124 overweight premenopausal women linked depression to their excess body weight and concluded that a testosterone imbalance was likely the culprit. There’s always a mental piece to a diagnosis. Infertility is rarely just one cause, so it's important to partner with a medical professional that understands all aspects.
Your Partner in Health, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy