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
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
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.
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