Ways to Heal
Dr: Nada Rashed
Having a baby is a happy event that many couples look forward to. Yet many couples often experience problems nowadays and the following explanations may help identify some of the problems and offer some alternative solutions.
The sooner you detect, address, and treat problems that may affect fertility, the better your chances of having a successful pregnancy.
Here are a few of the common health factors that can affect a woman’s ability to ovulate, conceive, or carry a pregnancy to term.
Body fat levels that are 10 to 15 percent above normal can overload the body with estrogen, throwing off the reproductive cycle.
Body fat levels 10 to 15 percent below normal may affect the reproductive process.
Having a Hormonal Imbalance
Irregularities in the hormone system (characterized by irregular menstrual cycles or short, long, or heavy periods) can affect ovulation and even the ability to conceive hence it is recommended to deal with these problems once they arise and not to count on time to regulate them.
Having an Autoimmune Disorder
Diseases such as lupus, diabetes, thyroid disease, and rheumatoid arthritis can interfere with fertility.
Antidepressants, antibiotics, painkillers, and other drugs used to treat chronic disorders may cause temporary infertility.
Using Tobacco or Alcohol
Smoking may increase the risk of infertility in women; and even moderate alcohol consumption can impair conception.
Fallopian Tube Disease
Fallopian tube disease accounts for about 20 percent of infertility cases treated, according to The National Infertility Association in the USA. Since tubal scarring or blockage is often caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), pelvic inflammatory disease, or certain surgeries. You need to be aware and share with your doctor if you have ever had:
- An STD, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, or chlamydia. You should detect and treat infections as early as possible (both partners should be treated even if one has the infection).
- Pelvic pain, unusual vaginal discharge, and/or bleeding, with or without a fever.
- Pelvic surgery for a ruptured appendix, ovarian cysts, or an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that takes place outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes).
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue from the uterine lining grows outside the uterus, on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, and/or bowel. This can lead to infertility because the following may result:
- Scar tissue: Rigid webs of scar tissue may form between the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, preventing the transfer of the egg to the fallopian tubes.
- Cysts: Endometrial cysts may grow inside the ovaries and prevent the release of the egg or its collection by the fallopian tube.
- Poor egg implantation: Endometriosis may prevent the fertilized egg from adhering to the uterine wall. Early detection of this condition is key to its successful control and to preserving fertility.
- In some cases, women with endometriosis have no painful symptoms and in such instances, the condition can only be confirmed with a surgical procedure called a laparoscopy.
The following is a partial list of risk factors that may contribute to male infertility:
Smoking impairs the ability of sperm to move.
Taking Prescription Drugs
Some medications, such as those for ulcers or psoriasis, can slow or prevent the production of sperm.
Exposing Genitals to Heat
The frequent use of saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, whirlpools, and hot baths can temporarily impair sperm production and reduce sperm count.
Having Certain Conditions or Illnesses
Men with a history of prostatitis or gential infection, mumps after puberty, surgery on their hernia, undescended testicles, or scrotal varicose veins (varicocele
Alternative Therapy For Infertility
There are several ways in the alternative medicine approaches to deal with some of the infertility problems occurring in both men and women:
An ancient science based on the principle of applying pressure on certain points located on the hands and feet to stimulate the vital energy of the human body and create overall balancing effects. In infertility cases, reflexology stimulates the endocrine system, paying special attention to the pituitary gland, ovaries and fallopian tubes to enhance the functions of these organs.
An old science based on the fact that “like cures like”, several remedies which are derived from plants, tissues, minerals can be given to stimulate the vital energy and enhance the functions of organs, it can also help to deal with painful period cramps, some STDs and cysts.
The “scientific” explanation is that it changes levels of neurotransmitters, the chemicals that nerve cells use to communicate. By using thin needles it removes any energy pathways (meridian) blockages and hence the function of these organs. It regulates hormonal imbalances as well.
Use of clary sage oil massage which is said to improve estrogen levels.
The Chinese believe that any disease is a result of emotional disturbance and chakra imbalances. The root and sacral chakras are both in charge of sexual organs, and the female uterus. Balancing the chakras is the same concept as balancing the meridians using acupuncture, it recreates the balance and any blockages released can lead to better performance of the organ.
Stopping Bad Habits
Quitting smoking, alcohol consumption and bad nutrition.
Eating foods rich in estrogen for women (broccoli, soy, barley, clover, fennel, chickpeas, apples, parsley, brown rice, oats, pears, plums, olives, cherries, seaweed, mushrooms, celery, pumpkin seeds, prunes). As well as using more spices such as cloves, ginger, hops, oregano, red raspberry, sage tea, thyme, turmeric.
Ensuring you get the required amount of vitamins and supplements if recommended by your doctor:
Vitamin E (found in nuts, seeds, oils, and leafy greens), Vitamin C (found in many fruits and vegetables, with the highest levels found in red peppers, kiwi, oranges, and grapefruit), beta carotene, zinc (found in oysters, crab, red meat, poultry, and beans).
Also, remember that infertility is a heterogeneous problem and treating the body in a wholistic way is always a good way to deal with any disease or physical problem.