” […] With the introduction of the contraceptive pill women have gotten more control over what is happening to their body when it comes to not falling pregnant. However, as many women have experienced, getting pregnant after several years of contraception may now not be so easy. This is not only because the natural hormone cycle is disturbed with contraception but also because women increasingly start having children at a later age.
Whether you have been on contraception or not, if you want to get pregnant the most important thing is that you are in the best health possible. To give your baby a good start you want the “soil” to be the best possible right? This means that your body systems should work the best possible and your toxicity levels as low as possible (this includes stress!), and that there needs to be plenty of nutrition. Remember that although the baby develops in your body and you need to be in the best condition possible, when trying for a baby your partner needs to be in the best health possible too!
Many factors can influence difficulty in conceiving. Factors for both males and females:
- Obesity or lack of nutrition
- Infections such as sexually transmitted diseases
- Toxic metal levels in the body
- Increased alcohol intrake
- Chronic stress
- Unbalanced hormonal levels
- Physical or emotional trauma
- (Recreational) drugs
- Chronic disease such as diabetes
Male specific factors that affect fertility:
- Occupations that overheat the scrotum area such as men working in bakeries
- Varicose veins in scrotum area
- Other conditions such as raised sperm antibodies or chromosomal abnormalities
Female specific factors that affect fertility:
- Chronic disease such as endometriosis, polycystic ovaries syndrome, diabetes
- Structural abnormalities such as a tilted uterus
- Hyper acidity
- Chronic candida infection
This can be a scary list, however… many of these things can be dealt with! Some of the issues above you and partner can tackle yourselves:
- Make any needed lifestyle changes. Make sure you get all your vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Reduce alcohol intake, sugar intake, loose some weight if needed, consider seeing a nutritionist. Sleep enough, and get those stress levels down!
- Make sure the guy’s semen is not overheated. So wear loose fitting underwear and clothing. Examine your lifestyle to see if there is anything that may cause overheating such as cycling or working in a bakery.
- If you have been on the contraceptive pill, injections or coil, make sure you wait three months before you start trying (use condoms in the mean time). If you had a miscarriage wait preferably longer than that; up to 6 months to help the body recover from the trauma.
- Don’t worry too much about when you are ovulating, just make sure you have sex three times a week at least. Charting can help however to give you an idea of whether you are ovulating and when.
Some of the factors in the (in)fertility list are not easily fixable with lifestyle changes. If you have done all the above and after 7 months to a year you have not fallen pregnant yet, it is a good idea to get yourselves checked out. Go to your GP and have all the regular tests done to see if there are any obvious reasons that you haven’t conceived yet.
Even if the tests are inconclusive however, homeopathic treatment can greatly raise your chances of conceiving.
Tip: if you like flower essences, try the Woman combination from Australian Bushflowers. It is a combination of flower essences aimed at anything female including premenstrual symptoms, menstrual symptoms, conception, pregnancy, post pregnancy and menopause. It is available in drops, a oral spray, and a cream (yummy!).”
By Ingefleur Spreij
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