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INFERTILITY HOL-emblem1-web.GIF (3556 bytes)

Commonsense Recommendations - Female Infertility

bulletEat a healthy high-fiber diet with plenty of clean, lean protein foods such as chicken and fish. Avoid eating large amounts of food at any one time.
bulletTo flush toxins from your system, drink eight 8-ounce glasses of pure water daily.
bulletEliminate or reduce your consumption of foods and beverages containing caffeine, including coffee, tea (except for herbal teas), chocolate, and colas.
bulletDon't have intercourse more than three times a week. More frequent intercourse may reduce the number of viable sperm in the male partner's semen.
bulletTime intercourse to coincide with ovulation, which usually occurs midway between menstrual periods. Some women can tell when they are ovulating. Signs of ovulation include bloating and breast tenderness and, for some women, a slight cramping pain. Unfortunately, many women experience no telltale signs. There are over-the-counter tests that can help you pinpoint the time of ovulation.
bulletAfter intercourse, spend ten to fifteen minutes quietly in each other's arms before getting up. If a woman stays in a prone position for fifteen minutes or so following intercourse, this allows the sperm sufficient time to reach the egg.
bulletIf it has been determined that the female partner's body is producing antibodies that are damaging or destroying sperm, the male partner should use a condom for six months. With no contact with the antigen-the sperm- the antibodies the woman's body produces may be lulled into inactivity. After this rest period, time intercourse (without a condom) to coincide with ovulation.
bulletExercise regularly but moderately. Maintaining a high level of physical fitness increases the possibility of conception. For both men and women, the ability to reproduce is dependent on a healthy body.
bulletInfertility itself can be extremely stressful. Stressing your body with intensive exercise can cause a decrease in fertility. Mental and emotional stress have the same impact. Try to eliminate the stress in your life as much as possible.
bulletAvoid alcohol. Alcohol consumption can prevent implantation of a fertilized egg.
bulletAvoid vigorous exercise, hot tubs, and saunas, as they may lead to changes in ovulation.
bulletDo not take any drugs except those prescribed by your physician.
bulletDo not smoke, and avoid being around cigarette smoke.
bulletA balanced diet is important. Do not consume animal fats, fried foods, sugar, or junk foods. Do eat pumpkin seeds, bee pollen, or royal jelly.
Caution: Bee pollen may cause an allergic reaction in some people. Start with a small amount, and discontinue use if a rash, wheezing, discomfort, or other symptom occurs.
bulletInvestigate the possibility of heavy metal intoxication, which may affect ovulation. A hair analysis can reveal heavy metal poisoning.
bulletInfertility is stressful. Learn stress management techniques to help you deal with the stresses. See Stress Management in holistic-online.com.
bulletStrict adherence to a gluten-free diet has enabled many women who were previously unable to conceive to become pregnant.
bulletThe transdermal use of natural progesterone cream may benefit infertile women.
bulletA deficiency of selenium can lead to infertility in women.
bulletA woman who suffers from premenstrual symptoms such as bloating and breast tenderness is probably ovulating, so if she is having difficulty becoming pregnant, the cause probably lies elsewhere.
bulletMore women are waiting to bear children in later reproductive years. However, a woman's fertility begins to decrease when she reaches her thirties. So, if possible, try to have your baby as early as possible.
bulletPara-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) stimulates the pituitary gland and sometimes restores fertility to some women who cannot conceive.

Prevention

It may not be possible to prevent infertility, but there are measures you can take to minimize the possibility.
bulletIf you have any suspicion you may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease, see your doctor promptly so that treatment, if necessary, can begin in a timely fashion.
bulletA woman should have regular gynecological examinations starting at age eighteen or within six months of becoming sexually active, whichever comes first, so that any developing problems can be detected and corrected early.
bulletAdopt a healthy lifestyle that includes a wholesome diet, regular exercise, avoidance of toxins of all kinds (including recreational drugs), and measures to reduce stress. If you consume alcohol, do so in moderation only.

See Also:     Common Sense Remedies for Men

Stress and Infertility

Stress Management

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