Over the past twenty years, fertility problems have increased dramatically. One in six couples now find it difficult to conceive and a quarter of all pregnancies can end in a miscarriage and more and more couples are turning to fertility treatments to help them have a family.
What is the cause?
What is the cause? From a medical point of view, infertility is believed to be caused by the following factors, and in these proportions.
Problem Percentage of cases:
Ovulatory failure (including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) 20%
Tubal damage 15 %
Endometriosis 5 %
Male problems 26 %
Unexplained 30 %
The natural approach to fertility is and has been enormously successful, largely because fertility is multi-factorial, meaning that there are many, many elements that can be at the root of your fertility problems. A study conducted by the University of Surrey showed that couples with a previous history of infertility who made changes in their lifestyle, diet and took nutritional supplements had an 80 percent success rate Given that the success rate for IVF is around 25 per cent, it’s worth considering these options.
Natural treatment plans are, by their nature, extensive and really do need to be adjusted to suit your individual needs.
Remember that it takes at least three months for immature eggs (oocytes) to mature enough to be released during ovulation. It also takes at least three months for sperm cells to develop, ready to be ejaculated. This means that when you are trying to improve your fertility, you need to have a three-month period before conceiving. This is called ‘pre-conception care’ and it’s as important to take as much care during this period as it is during a pregnancy itself.