Fertility

Herbal remedy to naturally increase fertility and support a healthy reproductive system.

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    1. What is Fertility?
    2. Fertility in Women
    3. Fertility in Men
    4. Help for Fertility Problems

    What is for Fertility?

    Having a baby is a pivotal and life-changing event in one’s life – for both women and men. While some couples seem to become pregnant at the ‘drop of a hat’, for others the quest to bring new life into the world can be less than easy (to say the least!).

    Many factors can contribute to the delicate issue of conception, and while some couples prefer to leave creation up to fate, others may start on a long and arduous journey that will see them tackle a variety of factors and ‘roadblocks’ to conception while trying a multitude of different fertility treatments.

    If you and your partner are struggling to conceive, there are certain fertility and pregnancy problems that you need to be aware of. Fertility is the term used to describe the natural ability of a man and woman to conceive and bring forth new life. In order to be able to conceive, the reproductive system of each party must function effectively.

    Fertility in Women

    Fertility in women refers to the ability to become pregnant and have a baby. A woman’s monthly menstrual cycle reflects her ability to conceive. Menstrual cycles usually start during puberty, around the age of 13, and begin to taper off at about 45 years old. It is however, possible to still become pregnant before your first period right up until the end of menopause around the age of 50 years old.

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    Women are born with about 400,000 immature eggs stored in the ovaries. When she reaches puberty and enters her reproductive years, her monthly menstrual cycle begins. The cycle begins on the first day of a woman's period and typically lasts about 28 days. The first day begins not when she is spotting, but when she experiences regular flow. By this time, only about 300 of these eggs will mature and be released.

    During each cycle, the ovary releases one egg (or, less commonly, more than one), which may go on to be fertilized by a man's sperm cell forming the embryo. The development and release of the egg each month depends on an intricate balance of hormones: chemicals that signal the body's organs to do specific jobs. Some of these hormones are produced in the ovaries.

    Others come from two glands in the brain, the hypothalamus and the pituitary. The hormones she needs for menstruation and to become pregnant are produced by her hypothalamus, pituitary, and ovaries. Because every step in the monthly cycle is controlled by hormones, the correct amounts of these hormones have to be produced at the right times to make it possible for a woman to conceive.

    Fertility in Men

    In men, fertility refers to the ability to impregnate a woman. An important part of male fertility involves the creation of normal, mature sperm. Sperm are produced in the testes and travel through the epididymis where they are stored and nourished. From there, they travel through the ejaculatory duct known as the vas deferens and further stored in the seminal vesicles.

    When sexual arousal and stimulation reaches a climax, it causes contractions in the muscles within the penis, urethra and prostate gland. This results in semen been propelled through the urethra and out of the tip of penis. If the sperm are healthy and travel through a woman’s cervix and uterus into her fallopian tubes, one sperm may fertilize the egg. Men continue to produce sperm irrespective of their age.

    Fertility Treatment Options
     

    While there are various fertility treatment options available, they tend to be quite costly and are not always successful. Many of these treatments may also have severe side effects and therefore are not always safe to use. Fertility drugs such as clomiphene and gonadotropins may help to regulate a woman’s reproductive hormones and also to trigger the release of one or more eggs per ovulation cycle.

    These drugs, however, do have side effects such as headaches, hot flashes, cramping, bloating, visual problems and vaginal dryness. In addition, you may also run the risk of having twins or more! Surgery may help to fix blocked fallopian tubes and certain other defects. It may also be the answer if you need to remove endometriosis, fibroids or ovarian cysts.

    Artificial insemination involves a concentrated dose of sperm from your partner or donor injected into your uterus by a doctor. One of the most common high tech fertility treatments is in vitro fertilization (IVF). It may help you to conceive if you have blocked fallopian tubes, ovulation problems or if your partner has a low sperm count.

    Other fertility treatment options include gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), donor eggs and embryos or gestational carriers (surrogate mothers).

    Because so many side effects have been associated with fertility drugs, men and women are opting for a more natural approach. Natural treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies have been used to establish pregnancy with excellent results.

    Herbs such as Vitex agnus-castus (Chasteberry) have been used as an effective treatment for thousands of years to promote hormonal balance and health in women. Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Cohosh) has a beneficial effect on hormone functioning because of its phyto-estrogenic properties.

    It is also used by herbalists to prevent miscarriage. While Eleutherococcus senticosis (Siberian Ginseng) has a variety of medicinal uses, it is also known to support sexual functioning, libido, promote sex drive and is often recommended as an aphrodisiac. In addition, Siberian Ginseng may also improve hormonal balance and tone the uterus thereby increasing your chance of conception.

    Powerful fertility enhancing herbs for men include Epimedium grandiflorum (Horny Goat Weed), Centella Asiatica (Gotu kola) and Tribulus terristis (Gokshura). Epimedium grandiflorum (Horny Goat Weed) is well known for its aphrodisiac properties, the ability to promote male potency while also increasing sperm production. Centella Asiatica (Gotu kola) improves the functioning and development of the male sexual organs, sperm motility and health.

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    Help for Fertility

    Tips for enhancing fertility:

    • Eat healthily by adding lots fresh fruit and vegetables as well as protein to your diet
    • Women should watch their weight as being too thin or overweight minimizes their chances of conceiving
    • Increase your supplement intake by taking folic acid, Vitamin B6 and B12 both before and during pregnancy
    • Exercise regularly to maintain general health and well being
    • Keep a record of your basal body temperature to determine when you are ovulating
    • Work out your most fertile times and have sex regularly around those dates
    • Check your vaginal mucus, if it has a stretchy consistency, then you are at your most fertile
    • Stop smoking naturally – smoking reduces fertility and also affects the baby before and after birth
    • Reduce alcohol as heavy drinking affects sperm quality
    • Men should wear boxer shorts and take cool baths to improve circulation around their testicles
    • Reduce stress, as it causes hormonal changes in the body

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