Monday, March 26, 2012

Is Female Infertility a Disease?

by Glen Depke

Female infertility is a huge issue in our culture. While infertility is typically addressed in the medical field and often ten of thousands of dollars or more are often spent in this direction, let's first understand that this is not a disease in itself. There may be times where female infertility is a secondary affect of a disease state but this is not the norm.

Before we discuss this further, let's look at some simple approximate stats. 

Overall 1 in 10 couples are having a challenge with infertility but the numbers do increase significantly with age demographics. If you are 30 to 34 it goes up to 1 in 7 couples. 35 to 39 is 1 in 5 and 40 to 44 is 1 in 4.

Here are some other interesting stats to look at.

Primary causes of infertility:
  • 5% other
  • 5% coital problems
  • 9% endometriosis/ cervical mucous
  • 14% tubal damage
  • 18% ovulatory failure
  • 21% sperm count
  • 28% other
So which of these would be the focal point with Depke Wellness and more importantly, this particular article. First since we are talking specifically about women in this article we are not going to discuss sperm count. With sperm count out there is only one big area of focus and that is "other." In my opinion this is the focal point for most women because this is where most of the challenges lie.

Play the percentages and you generally win!

While I would not want say to ignore the other potential issues but "other" is generally where most of the challenges and imbalances lie.

Let me first share a phone call that came into my office earlier today. I had a client come to my office challenged with years of infertility and skeptical about my approach. It really seemed that the skepticism was not directed at me at all. This woman had already spent large sums of money and time with infertility clinics with nothing to show for it but empty bank accounts and emotional challenges. Once she saw that I had an approach that she has yet to try and the fact that it was not going to cost her and arm and a leg, she made the commitment to follow my recommendations. Well, the good news is that just over 2 months after our first appointment, she is pregnant! Very exciting!

I want to be clear that this is due to her commitment to follow the recommendations. She did this, I only provided the recommendations and it was up to her to place these into action.

Here are some of the common challenges tied into "other."
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Gluten intolerance
  • Other food intolerances
  • Excessive consumption of MSG
  • Excessive consumption of trans fats
  • Excessive consumption of caffeine 
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • High mental/emotional stress
  • Poor focus on fundamentals of health
So you can see here that more often than not, infertility can be addressed in a very simple manner with amazing results.

Ladies, this is typically not disease related and does not have to cost you years or tens of thousands of dollars. You most often have to simply take care of your fundamentals of health, address any nutritional deficiencies or intolerances and bring your adrenal function back to balance.

Don't be a statistic and if you are, focus on the percentages and take care of the 28% "other." Female infertility is not a disease.

If you have any comments or questions, please leave post these below for me to address personally.


  1. What about birth control pills and their affects on the body? Women are told bcp's are a "healthy form" of self-medication and many women start taking them at early ages "to regulate hormones." I believe bcp's are way over prescribed and, since many women take them for years and years, could they be the most primary source of so many fertility issues? Some girls are started on bcp's as early as age 14 and some women continue taking these drugs into their 40's and 50's.

    1. I like to look at the way the body is designed to operate. Conception is a very natural and necessary event to continue the human existence. Hormones are self regulating throughout the entire life of a woman without and external intervention and has been since the beginning of time. All of a sudden, we cannot maintain this hormonal balance without external intervention? Honestly, we know better than that.

      I get it though, medicine is what it is called. Doctors are trained in medicine and people go to them for medicine. I once had a MD tell me that if they want to be healthy, they will come see me. In fairness to the doctors though, people see them for symptoms and conventional medicine is based on symptoms care. More often what is prescribed does this job but often leads to other challenges within the body.

  2. I am no expert, but in my opinion, BCP's are not healthy. They are not natural and they interfere with the hormone and adrenal function. They can cause weight gain, which will put your body in an unhealthy state which can lead to fertility problems, insulin resistance, etc. I believe they can even cause depression and cancer because your body is not functioning properly. Your hormones regulate so much that when they aren't functioning properly, you aren't either. But I'm anxious to hear what Glen has to say. Good luck to you above.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing!

      It is the old chicken or the egg story. Was it the poor health that created the hormonal imbalances or the hormone imbalances that create the poor health. I most often find that the poor health choices come before the hormone imbalance.