Factors that Decrease Fertility

There are many factors that decrease fertility.

“Ovulation, menstruation – month in and month out. For forty years or more. We can deny it, suppress it or honour, respect and enjoy it. Like a river polluted, unacknowledged, there are consequences to how we treat our fertility, personally and collectively.” Francesca Naish. 
  • Stress alters functioning of the adrenal system, digestive system and most importantly alters hormone levels. It prevents ovulation in the female and sperm from being added to the ejaculate in the male.
  • Poor Diet decreases fertility and increases risk of miscarriage as it directly correlates with embryonic health. It also affects the immune system and a weak immune system decreases chances of fertilization.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases and genito- urinary infections can cause fallopian tube blockages, pelvic inflammatory disease, miscarriages and decreased fetal health.
  • Pollution. Heavy metals are the main concern but any form of pollution whether from the environment, household industry or diet will deplete antioxidants and risk the stability of the pregnancy.
  • Drugs. This includes caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, medicines and recreational drugs. They deplete nutritional status and weaken the immune system. Did you know one cup of coffee a day reduces a female’s fertility by up to 40%?
  • Radiation. This includes X-ray, cosmetic radiation (due to flying) computer terminals and electromagnetic pollution. These all affect the immune system and have a strong link with congenital defects.
  • Previous contraceptive devices and abortions. Use of the contraceptive pill causes severe nutritional depletions. Hormonal implants are still being tested and the long term implications that are not known but not looking good either. Abortions can cause damage to the female reproductive system and prevent further pregnancies. Copper IUD’s deplete zinc status and this has a direct link to infertility.
  • Age of the prospective parents. this problem is more to do with the greater amount of exposure to toxins and radiation that have accumulated in the body than the age itself, this risk can be decreased by detoxing the body and improving your anti-oxidant status. Congenital defects are the main concern here.
  • Toxicity. Poor elimination by the body causes the body to store toxins and creates an environment, which is not conducive for a pregnancy. (eg constipation)
  • Decreased immune system function. This includes allergic responses, auto immune diseases, Candida etc, these all increase susceptibility to infectious diseases such as cytomegalovirus and toxoplasmosis, which cause miscarriage.
  • Other lifestyle factors such as exposure to heat, lack of exercise or excessive exercise and low or high body weigh. Just a 5 kilo reduction in weight significantly improves the fertility of an over weight women. Anatomical abnormalities such as a retroverted uterus or blocked fallopian tubes can also inhibited conception.