In a survey of married women, the CDC found that 1.5 million women in the US (6%) are infertile (source: National Survey of Family Growth, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2006-2010). Twenty-five percent of infertile couples have more than one factor that contributes to their infertility. And although women frequently tend to feel the burden more, infertility affects men and women equally.
There are many factors that can affect infertility, but there are a number things you can do (or should stop doing) to help increase your chances of conceiving before you try more invasive and costly procedures. Continue reading “Natural Approaches to Infertility”
Fertility is not just a women’s issue. Statistics show that 35-40% of infertility issues are male related. So it makes sense to look at how men can improve their chances for conception, as well.
Stress, alcohol and smoking are the most common culprits when dealing with male-related infertility, but there are many other factors that can lower testosterone, decrease sperm concentration, limit motility or even damage sperm, including:
· Prescription medications: talk to your doctor to see if the medications you are taking affect fertility
· Heavy metals, such as lead and mercury
· Hot baths, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and laptops Continue reading “Men and Fertility”