Struggling with fertility issues? YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
How did we manage to get from an average of 100 million sperm per millilitre in young men during the 1940s to an average of 40 million per millilitre nowadays without it being headline news?
Why is it that even though in the past is was necessary for a "healthy" man to have 40% normal sperm these days men are praised and said to have super-healthy sperm when only 4% are normal (96% being ABNORMAL!).
And what about the fact that the onset of puberty is at a younger age suddenly?
In women we see an increase in all kinds of hormonal regulation problems (irregular menstrual cycles, severe PMS; endometrioses, PCOs, ovarian cysts, fibromas) in young women. Infertility is on the increase and also unexplained early menopause in women in their early 40s.
Instead of digging into the causes of what is going on, the world seems to be all focussed on fertility medicine. The women are being given repetitive doses of fertility medicines that help them ovulate that particular month but further interfere with their already imbalanced hormones. They are told it is very safe.
The men are told they have fabulous sperm. The "normals" on the test results have been adapted sufficiently to our new low numbers and poor quality. It is very modern. Maybe men should be told their sperm are very modern 🙂 ? The best of their modern sperm is then selected in a lab and used for fertility treatments.
Instead of accepting this very modern situation, we should maybe start paying more attention as to why it is happening. Fertility medicine and treatments are wonderful for those who truly need it and do not have another option. However, many men and women can improve their fertility significantly if they start thinking about what might be interfering with their hormone balance and in the case of men, with their sperm quality.
Just to mention a few things that impact fertility in both men and women:
1. Folic acid, a vitamin found especially in leafy green vegetables, is not only essential for a healthy pregnancy, it also has a great impact on fertility of both men and women.
2. Overuse of caffeine of both partners has been shown to increase miscarriage risk.
3. Hormone disruptors in our environment are a massive problem for fertility, cancer risk and even things like blood sugar management. If you have never heard about hormone disruptors, read here.
4.Smoking is hopefully an obvious one by now, but still: smoking can interfere with fertility - both partners!
5. Gut toxicity (gassy, very stinky, not regular or regular but not formed stools) results in toxic chemicals circulating in the whole body. This can interfere with hormones and fertility.
6. Being on a blood sugar rollercoaster - consuming sugar or things that increase the blood sugar fast can interfere a lot with hormone balance and also fertility.
7. Living in overdrive: Not living in a good rhythm alternating between action and rest can exhaust the energy production masters in every cell. This can interfere with fertility in both partners a lot. It can even have a huge impact on sperm count, quality and movement.
So what can you do about it?
1. Have lots of green leafy vegetables and take some extra folic acid if you need to.
2. Don`t have more than 1-2 cups of coffee a day. Even better, have only 1-2 top quality espressos (generally lower in caffeine per serving than longer coffees).
3. Learn about hormone disruptors, read labels and avoid them as far as possible. Take Acetyl-L-Carnitin to support detoxification of what you have already been accumulating.
4. Don`t smoke.
5. Do a gut cleanse with Humic acid and a good antimicrobial. Eat fabulous food only. Look after your gut flora.
6. Avoid sugar. If you are having sugar or any form of sugary drinks, including fruit juices, read here how to quit sugar. Have your 3 good meals a day. Sugary things should be a treat - very rarely - not an everyday thing.
7. Go to bed by 22:00 if you can and sleep 7-9 hours. Have 3 meals a day. Sit down and eat. Chew your food. Talk to real people instead of whatsapping or social-media-ing. Simply look at what is going on around you at meal times. Be in the moment.
There are also supplements you could take to support fertility for both men and women. Valuable tests are available to check what your individual needs are related to fertility. Contact us to find out more.
Please remember that many substances, including natural substances and supplements, are not safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please consult with a health practitioner for your individual needs