Infertility and/or Miscarriages
Infertility and Miscarriages currently affect about 10% of women (6.1 million) in the United States. Infertility is considered when you are not able to get pregnant after one year of trying (or 6 months if the woman is over 35).
Research has shown a number of reasons as to why a woman may not be able to get pregnant. This may include conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Endometriosis, Post Birth Control Syndrome, infections, and/or deficiencies.
Causes May Include:
Undiagnosed Conditions: (make PCOS, endometriosis, thyroid linkable to the other info pages)
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)— This condition can cause irregular periods, anovulation and cysts to form on the ovaries. This is one of the most common causes of infertility in women.
- Endometriosis— This condition causes endometrial tissue to grow outside of the uterus. This is associated with very heavy and painful periods and is also correlated with infertility.
- Post Birth Control Syndrome— This syndrome is typically seen after long term use of hormonal birth control use. Since birth control works to prevent ovulation from occurring, some women may struggle to ovulate regularly after coming off of birth control.
- Infections—This can create an increased inflammatory and immune response, potentially triggering autoimmune conditions and creating an environment that is not healthy for the development and support of a baby.
- Vitamin/Mineral Deficiencies—Poor absorption in the gut due to infections, poor dietary choices, and stress can deplete the body of essential vitamins and minerals making it difficult to get pregnant and maintain pregnancies.
- Thyroid Disorders—Hypothyroidism, or low functioning thyroid, is associated with infertility and miscarriages. This may also include Hashimoto’s disease, the Autoimmune form of hypothyroidism. This is one of the most underdiagnosed autoimmune conditions.
To make a diagnosis, your doctor may order extensive laboratory testing, perform physical and/or gynecological examination, and an ultrasound. Your doctor will use this information to create a treatment plan that is specific to YOU.
Treatment Considerations for Infertility:
- Lifestyle changes – exercise habits, diet choices, reducing stress, eliminated environmental toxins
- Supplementation – Vitamins and minerals tailored to specific needs
- Improving Ovulation
- Progesterone + Estrogen- can help stimulate ovulation.
- Black Cohosh- can help induce ovulation
- Address PCOS, Endometriosis, Thyroid Disorder (if indicated)
- Chaste Tree- can help increase progesterone production
- Glandulars- Can help to support low functioning thyroid
- Eliminating Infection
- Antimicrobials- To eliminate bacterial infections
- Antivirals- To eliminated viral infections
- Antifungals- To eliminated fungal infections
- Antiparasitic- To eliminate parasitic infections
- Vitamin Therapy
- High Dose Vitamin Therapy—To facilitate Phase I & II detox pathways in liver and to improve any deficiencies.