If you're a woman trying to become pregnant, you might wonder what things can hurt or help your efforts at parenthood. Women's fertility begins falling off after the age of 25, and the rate for miscarriage and birth defects increases after 35. Hormonal or immune problems can also complicate conception and pregnancy. Your fertility can also be affected by your mother's exposure to DES (D-E-S), or diethylstilbestrol (dye-thill-still-best-rawl). This is a synthetic steroid of the fifties and sixties used to prevent miscarriages. This drug can cause problems in the growth, development, and function of various reproductive variables. Growth of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, known as endometriosis (in-doh-me-tree-OH-sis), can block the fallopian tubes that are the passageways for the eggs. Ovulation might also be affected by a vegetarian lifestyle, which can cause irregular ovulation and reduce your chances of becoming pregnant. Improper hormone levels can affect your ability to become pregnant as well. Elevated estrogen levels can be caused by obesity. These act as birth control and can keep you from ovulating. Your physician can balance your hormone levels to allow you to ovulate. If you smoke, you increase the risk of ectopic (ECK-top-ick) pregnancy and miscarriage. You can also reduce your chances of becoming pregnant by in vitro fertilization.
Where females may once have felt the burden of blame for failure to achieve pregnancy, the reality is that infertility has no clear-cut preference for gender. The numbers show this is an equal-opportunity disorder: 30% to 40% of the time it is a male problem, 40% of the time it is female, 20% to 30% it is a shared dilemma — where there are problems with both partners — and 10% is unexplained. The dilemma lies in the fact that the prime reproductive time for females is in the early 20s. By age 35 with the biological clock ticking, fertility starts to drop dramatically, and the window of opportunity starts to close. The problem with older female patients who may have put having a family on hold is that as they age, their eggs also age. By age 40, fertility becomes seriously compromised. Unlike women who have all their eggs at birth, males are continually producing sperm. However, the potential exists for more genetic defects as male patients reach their mid to late 40s. The onset of diabetes and other medical conditions and the medications used to treat them could also compromise fertility.
There are many reasons can cause infertility....
A hormone imbalance
A tumor or cyst
Eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia
Alcohol or drug use
Thyroid gland problems
Intense exercise that causes a significant loss of body fat
Extremely brief menstrual cycles
Pelvic inflammatory disease
A previous infection
Polyps in the uterus
Endometriosis or fibroids
Scar tissue or adhesions
Chronic medical illness
A previous ectopic (tubal) pregnancy
A birth defect
Inflammation of the testicles
Swollen veins in the scrotum
Abnormally developed testicles
A preexisting genetic condition
Use of alcohol, tobacco or other illicit drugs
A severe mumps infection
A hormone disorder
Exposure to poisonous chemicals
Exposure to radiation
Blockage caused from a previous infection
Wearing restrictive or tight underwear
Check it,Which one is your reason? most important resons
* Ovulation Problems
* Poor Egg Quality
* Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
* Female/Male Tube Blockages
* Sperm Problems
* Sperm Allergies
* Unknown Infertility (when Doctors can find no medical reason for couple inability to conceive)
* Combination Infertility (when both people within the couple have fertility problems or one half of the couple has more than one fertility problem)
Reference:American Pregnance Association website
Desperate couple have miracle baby after acupuncture
Rhian and Rolant spent years and thousands of pounds trying for a baby without success, until they turned to acupuncture and welcomed little Macsen into the family
TEACHER Rhian Gwyn had spent six years trying for a baby.
She spent thousands of pounds on fertility treatment but nothing seemed to work.
Rhian suffered a miscarriage a few years into her marriage to Rolant, and the couple had almost given up on starting a family.
The better their quality of love-making, the greater their chances of conception, scientists say. What one fertility expert calls "gourmet sex" - where both partners take time to ensure the other has a satisfying experience - gives a couple the best chance of producing a baby.
"Couples who are trying to have a baby often mention that the sex becomes a bit of a chore, a bit mechanical and routine. That's the wrong thing to be doing," said Dr Allan Pacey, a senior lecturer in andrology at Sheffield University.
"The sex should be as wild and thrilling as it was when they first met, when they weren't thinking about babies, to give them the maximum possible chance of having a baby," added Pacey, secretary of the British Fertility Society. Source:Guardian
FORMER Big Brother contestant Nikki Graham became an anorexic at the age of six, and is unable to have children.
She told New! Magazine: "I have never had a period. My ovaries cannot produce eggs, which means I cannot have children. This makes me feel so sad.
According to Shine, sofas, floors and other places in the home environment can contribute as a cause of infertility. In fact, household utensils like plastic, chemicals, and cooking utensils can also inhibit pregnancy.
Conveyor chemicals found in paints, varnishes, thinners, resins, rubber, lubricants, dyes, detergents, insulation, ink, film, cosmetics, cleaning fluid, nail polish, and other related products may interfere with women's menstrual cycle, it can even trigger a miscarriage.
In men, these chemicals can reduce sperm quality. In essence, if you want to be healthy and want your reproductive systems to work well, do not use them too much.
2. Sofa and carpet
Sofa cushions, car seats, carpets, electronic device casings often contain biphenyl diphenyl ethers (PBDE) chemicals, which can contaminate blood. In a recent study, women with high levels of PBDE in the blood takes longer time to get pregnant.
Women should avoid locations where carpet is being cleaned. Better not to clean up their own furniture if you are committing pregnancy program.
Antibacterial soap containing triclosan is designed to protect hospital patients who are susceptible to infection. Triclosan is also found in shampoo and toothpastes. These chemicals can disrupt endocrine hormones and have been shown to disrupt the reproductive system in some freshwater fish.
Contamination of triclosan increased female hormone levels in male fish, thereby reducing their sperm count. Although not yet proven that the impact of triclosan could inhibit human fertility, but you still need to be aware.
4. Elastic Plastic
Do not let your body get used to making contact with phthalates chemical compound commonly used in household plastic products. Although a ban of the use of these compounds had already appeared, but it often still appear in the form of nail polish, vinyl shower curtains, vinyl tile flooring, building materials, plastics, and even sex toys.
The compound potentially affect the quality and quantity of sperm, and is able to damage DNA. In women, some scientists suspect may cause endometriosis, a condition that interfere with the menstrual cycle and can interfere with conception.
Dr Maggie Ju
Dr Maggie Ju has been trained with both Western medicine and Chinese medicine for six years at top medical university in Beijing, China and become a qualified medical doctor 20 years ago. Also she has obtained a PhD degree in UK. She is a member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Mdicine and Acupuncture UK (ATCM). She currently performs acupuncture in London. Her blog site is http://chineseacupuncturelondon.blogspot.co.uk/