What are the eight common problems keeping you from getting pregnant?
By Causenta Wellness
The desire to have children and complete your family often begins at a young age. You dream of a life with your partner, kids running around the backyard, laughter filling your house.
You wonder what it will feel like to have a baby moving inside your body. You work hard to make a life for yourself, meet the right person, fall in love, get married.
Now you’re ready for that step you’ve been planning for, but there’s a problem – you can’t get pregnant!
You’re not alone
Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common in the U.S. Research tells us that every year, 10 in 100 women experience some form of infertility.
That means a woman cannot get or stay pregnant after trying to get pregnant without using birth control for one year. In women over 35, the time period before seeking advice from a doctor is six months.
Lifestyle Factors of Infertility
Getting pregnant can be difficult for a variety of reasons. At its core, infertility is a reflection on overall health and wellness.
While specific medical conditions can affect fertility in both women and men, there are several lifestyle causes of infertility that are often overlooked. They can affect men and women equally. They include:
Getting pregnant requires healthy egg and sperm cells, as well as the appropriate levels of hormones needed for delivery of the sperm and implantation of the egg. If there is a low level of certain hormones, infertility can be experienced.
And, if you do not address the underlying problem now, even if you have a successful pregnancy, the long-term effects of hormone imbalance can take a toll on overall health.
“We are a vain society and people want to look good naked,” says Dr. Tom Incledon, Founder & CEO of Causenta. “People are turning to surgery and supplements to stay thin, which creates micronutrient issues.”
Without a healthy diet of colorful fruits and vegetables, our bodies aren’t getting the nutrients needed to promote cellular health.
“This is also true in cases of people who eat out too much,” Incledon says. “The food might taste great, but often has empty calories from fats and sugars that don’t provide nutritional value.”
3. Microbiome dysfunction
The microbiome is made up of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses in the body. These microorganisms reduce inflammation in the body.When we test for these good guys in the body, people experiencing infertility have none.
“Especially for women who may be undergoing fertility treatments this can be particularly important,” says Incledon.
“Fertility drugs can cause inflammation and without these microorganisms, your body can’t counterbalance and regulate, meaning the zygote won’t implant because your body thinks it isn’t a healthy place to grow a baby.”
Sleep is more powerful than you realize and, unfortunately, it’s one of the things busy people cut first.
Even in cases when male patients of Causenta are taking testosterone and getting erections regularly, if they significantly reduce sleep or are not getting any sleep, getting an erection can become difficult.
There are certain STDs that show little to no symptoms, so people are unaware they have anything. It is important to get tested before you begin trying to get pregnant.
“I see it less in patients who are 30 and above, but younger people still smoke a good bit,” says Incledon.
“One thing people don’t often realize is that even if you are only occasionally around people that smoke, it can have negative consequences on your fertility and overall health.”
7. Alcohol consumption
“More and more I am talking to couples who report drinking a bottle or two of wine a night between them,” says Incledon.
“This is considered to be heavy drinking and can lead to inflammation and other health concerns than can prevent them from getting pregnant.”
8. Caffeine intake
A high level of caffeine is another element that can lead to fertility issues. It can lead to insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, and stomach irritation – all of which have an adverse effect on getting pregnant.
What do we do about it at Causenta?
We begin our customized process for fertility as we do with other patients. First and foremost, that needs to start with a thorough case review.
We look at which tests patients have had done and which they have not had done so we aren’t guessing at what might be leading to the infertility.
Common tests we perform to create an individualized fertility treatment plan are:
This is done through saliva and stool testing, as well as some urine tests that look for specific markers.
Vitamin and mineral testing
Certain vitamins and minerals, such as selenium, vitamin A, or zinc directly affect fertility. With low levels of one or all of these, pregnancy can be difficult to start or maintain. And, in men, without the proper nutrients, sperm are not as healthy or strong as they need to be, which often prevents them from ever getting to the egg,” says Incledon.
Not only do we need to know the levels of certain hormones; we have to look at the relationships between the hormones and other parts of the body. In women, there are connections between estrogen and the thyroid, as well as the thyroid and adrenal glands. “So, if you only know there are issues with estrogen, but you don’t look at where that level is coming from or how it effects other organs in the body, you aren’t addressing these potentially weak areas,” says Incledon.
A lot of patients think they are genetically predisposed for infertility. “The cool thing is with science, we now have the ability to test every gene in your body to see if that’s true or not,” says Incledon. Common online tests that you mail back examine only 20-40 genes. Causenta’s genetic testing looks at over 22,000 genes.
“That is important because with this information, we get a better understanding of what’s happening in each person’s body,” says Incledon. “We are eliminating the guessing game and can address issues we see right away.” This also has a benefit for family planning if both partners are a carrier for a certain disease or genetic condition.
Chemical/toxin exposure testing
We test the blood for heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins in the body. If we find anything, we develop a treatment plan to eliminate this substance from the blood, which makes patients healthier and makes it easier to get pregnant.
It’s a first step worth taking
“I really recommend for patients to come and see us before they begin fertility treatments,” says Incledon. “Often, with adjustments to things, we discover during the testing phase, couples are able to get pregnant naturally.”
Causenta can focus tests based on a patient’s budget, so $3,000 you allocate to spend on testing may save hundreds of thousands down the road that would have been spent on IVF treatments.
“Plus, at the end of this, if a couple still can’t have a child naturally, IVF will be more successful because the environment (body) is healthier,” says Incledon. “Our fertility patients also report feeling better overall after their treatment plans have been executed.”
If you are interested in learning about how a customized wellness plan from Causenta can help address your fertility concerns, contact us today to schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation.