1 in 4 couples find it hard to conceive and sadly 1 in 4 pregnancies result in miscarriage meaning that getting yourself in tip top shape before you begin trying to conceive is a very sensible option.
Infertility is when a couple fails to conceive (get pregnant) despite having regular unprotected sex. Although one in four couples has difficulty conceiving, the number of couples who are actually infertile is relatively low.
Some women get pregnant very quickly but, for others, it can take longer. About 85% of couples will conceive naturally within one year if they have regular unprotected sex. Therefore, you will only be diagnosed as infertile if you have not managed to have a baby after two years of trying. If you have never conceived a child, it is known as primary infertility. Secondary infertility is when you have had one or more babies in the past, but you are having difficulty conceiving again.
There are many different factors that can influence female fertility. Some of the key considerations are listed below
Poor Diet – Eating the wrong types of food such as a diet high in saturated fatty acids refined and sugary foods can disrupt the balance of nutrients in the body by using up certain vitamins and minerals and playing havoc with hormone balance as well as having an impact on nutrient deficiencies. A nutrition consultation can help to address any potential nutrient imbalances. A Smart Nutrition Fertility Consultation.
Hormonal imbalance – The female reproductive cycle is run by a delicate balance between the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone. Changes in the levels of these hormones control the maturing and release of an egg from a woman’s ovaries each month, a process called ovulation. Sometimes women have too much or too little of one of the female sex hormones and this can result is failed ovulation and problems conceiving. Imbalances in female hormones can be detected in a female hormone profile. Once a clearer picture of your hormonal situation has been obtained a Smart Nutrition could put together a specific diet and supplement plan to help rebalance your hormones and improve your chances of getting pregnant. Female Hormone Panel.
Nutritional deficiencies – Deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals can compromise fertility. A vitamin and mineral screen gives a comprehensive overview and nutrient status and can be used to target key problem areas that may be hampering your efforts to conceive. Smart Nutrition could then provide diet and supplement recommendations to help you reach Optimum Health. A Vitamin and Mineral Screen.
Stress – Stress in women disrupts the hormonal communication between the brain and the ovaries, interfering with both the maturation of an egg and the ovulation process. All of the hormone systems are interlinked with a hierarchy system. Your Adrenal glands which manage stress take priority and if you have used up all of the nutrients needed for reproduction managing your stress then the body sees it won’t be able to achieve a health pregnancy so you menstrual cycle may shut down and your fertility can suffer. In addition stress raises levels of the hormone prolactin which is know to stop ovulation. In addition to this, the concentrations of several important chemical messengers involved in reproduction change when our emotional states change. If you think stress may be a contributing to your difficulties conceiving, an adrenal stress index saliva test can help pinpoint precise imbalances that can then be targeted thorough a nutrition consultation. An Adrenal Stress Test.
Unhealthy body weight – We all know the importance of maintaining a healthy weight for our body size and shape, but weight also plays a significant role in fertility. Our body needs to be of the right weight in order to produce the appropriate amount of hormones to regulate ovulation and menstruation. If we are overweight or underweight, our body can start to experience problems with these natural fertility cycles, impacting your ability to become pregnant. Gaining or losing weight at a sensible weight with the help of A Smart Nutrition Weight Loss Package is a sensible way forward.
Alcohol, smoking and caffeine – The more women smoke, the less likely they are to conceive so quitting smoking may enhance fertility. In addition even moderate drinking of alcoholic beverages by women is linked to an increased risk of infertility in some, although not all, research. What’s more caffeine is thought to enhance alcohol’s negative effects. Therefore to optimise your chances of getting pregnant it is advisable to avoid smoking, alcohol and caffeine. However, this is often easier said than done! Luckily, nutritional therapy can provide a valuable assistance through this process, using diet and supplements to support you body and reduce withdrawal symptoms. To find out more Book a Fertility Package.
Medical problems – Female health problems such as Endometriosis, Fibroids, PCOS and Blocked Fallopian tubes plus STD’s such as Chlamydia and Mycoplasma can all affect fertility and may need to be cleared up or worked on and improved before you go ahead and try to conceive.
Heavy Metals – Certain Heavy metals such as Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Aluminium and high levels of Copper are know to have an negative impact on fertility and can in some cases increase your risk of miscarriage. It is worth checking your heavy metal levels with a simple Hair Mineral Analysis Test .