Get healthy to get pregnant
By Causenta Wellness
Nature is truly fascinating and amazing. From the incredible array of plants and flowers to the myriad of animals on our planet, many of us marvel at nature’s ability to create and sustain life.
What you might not think about regarding nature is that “getting pregnant is nature’s single best measure of overall health,” says Dr. Tom Incledon, Founder & CEO of Causenta. “Nature is incredibly clever. In essence, it is saying: ‘If you aren’t healthy, you cannot be there to raise the offspring.’ So, nature prevents you from sustaining the pregnancy.”
What’s holding you back?
The thing about this sort of measure of health is that there is not anything wrong with you, per se. It’s that you have some underlying issues that you likely do not know about and even if you did, do not know what to fix.
That’s where our team comes in; we do a myriad of testing and have conversations with couples to understand anything that might be contributing to their fertility concerns. “Once we know what the infertility issues are, it is typically very easy to fix them,” says Incledon. “And, then couples can get pregnant.”
Traditional treatments for infertility
Fertility is defined as the capability to produce offspring. Traditionally, we think healthy egg and healthy sperm get together to make a baby. Infertility is commonly defined as trying to get pregnant for a full 12 months without medical assistance and not conceiving.
Currently in the U.S., 7.4 million women have infertility issues and approximately 44% of those women have sought medical assistance. Nearly 65% of these women will give birth. Almost 90% of infertility cases are treated with medication or surgical procedures because that is what is traditionally offered in our country.
Our approach to infertility
At Causenta, we work to uncover contributing factors of unhealthy sperm or eggs to try to find a solution for each couple’s infertility, as well as reduce stress and boost overall health along the way. “We’ve helped women over the age of 50 have healthy babies without medications or procedures,” says Incledon.
Some common risk factors for infertility in women are lack of sleep, high alcohol intake, chemical exposure, obesity, elevated caffeine intake, medical problems, microbiome disfunction, and overworking or over-exercising. All of these can lead to oxidative stress and inflammation, which are the leading causes of infertility now,” says Incledon. “And, in this list, there are more things that you can control than not.”
“A few interesting things I have noticed are around the trends in infertility concerns and how common factors play into them,” says Incledon. “Maybe 30 years ago, the primary fertility issue I was seeing was women who were excessively lean.”The concern with low to no body fat is that it causes inflammation and hormone imbalance, thus preventing pregnancy.
Now, Incledon and the team at Causenta, are seeing that more issues are related to obesity, including women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). The other issues with excess body fat are inflammation and that the fat itself stores chemicals; as it breaks down, the chemicals inside the fat are released into the body. These chemicals, which are often endocrine disruptors, can affect a fetus or a woman’s long-term health.
Another trend Incledon has noticed is related to alcohol consumption. You are considered a heavy drinker if you have three or more drinks in a day or seven or more drinks in a week.
“We see a lot of couples who report that for their at-home date nights, once or twice a week, they will drink a bottle of two of wine,” says Incledon. “They don’t realize that this can be affecting their fertility with something fun like this, but it causes inflammation, which can prevent pregnancy.”
Sexual promiscuity also seems to be at an all-time high with people having more partners and beginning to be exposed to sexual things at a younger age. Women are being exposed to unknown viral STDs like HPV and are often going undiagnosed until adverse effects of inflammation have already taken their toll.
If you experience burning, discharge, or odor from your vagina, chances are, you will know something is wrong and seek treatment, but with these newer unknown STDs that is not the case. “I recommend people practice abstinence or safe sex until they are with the person they want to be with long-term to prevent the chance of an STD keeping you from getting pregnant when you are ready to start a family.”
Often, you hear stories from a friend of a friend about a couple getting pregnant after struggling with infertility for years and finally throwing in the towel.
“The reason behind this is usually that after being so concentrated on getting pregnant, people make changes to their lifestyles that make them healthier and less stressed, so they get pregnant,” says Incledon.
Decreasing or eliminating financial, physical, emotional, and mental stressors leads to better hormone balance, and improvements in microbiome and micronutrient status, creating a more conducive environment for getting pregnant and maintaining that pregnancy.
The hard truth about treating infertility
Finances are a huge strain for couples facing infertility. It costs approximately $12,400 for one cycle of IVF. Most end up spending between $150,000 and $300,000 or more to get pregnant after multiple cycles of IVF, the cost of drugs, testing, and other medical costs.
From a physical and emotional standpoint, the treatment options can cause stress. And, if you have to schedule sex in order to get pregnant, it makes things in the bedroom less romantic and fun. Plus, there’s the added pressure of – will it work this time?
The good news
Microbiomes are key to controlling inflammation and are directly impacted by stress. Along the same lines, micronutrient issues are related to stress and impact the health of sperm and egg cells.
When we test fertility patients, they are missing these good guys. In order to boost their production, you need to eat healthy, colorful foods, get regular exercise, and drink less.
Infertility drugs will not boost these levels, so even if you have a successful impregnation, you likely won’t sustain the pregnancy because the environment (aka uterus) is not healthy.
If you are interested in learning more about how to boost your overall health to address your infertility concerns, please contact us today to schedule your complimentary 30-minute consultation. We look forward to helping you on your journey to become a parent and a healthier you.