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Male Infertility in Today’s World!

Research to date on male infertility has been small, largely concentrated on “women’s problems”… Says PAULA MEE reporting in the Irish Times, however, with more and more couples experiencing infertility, there’s a growing interest in getting the male body into shape for conception too.

It is estimated that male issues are involved in almost one-third of infertility cases. Going through infertility testing and treatment programmes is not easy. Couples need helpful strategies to see them through the physical, emotional and monetary demands that can sometimes rock their relationship to its core.

Semen quality is on the decline, and has been for decades. Problems include structural abnormalities and diminished sperm production and motility. Physiology, genetics,  hormone imbalances, environmental toxins, diet and lifestyle have been identified as factors that have an impact on sperm quality.

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Nowadays men are more likely to be invited to attend a preconception consultation on nutrition, along with the mum-to-be, as a man’s weight is one of the most important factors affecting his fertility – being either underweight or overweight is linked with poor semen quality.

Studies show that men with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 have lower sperm

counts and more DNA damage than men of normal weight while overweight men tend to have lower testosterone and higher oestrogen levels, which have a negative impact on sperm production. Sleep apnoea, which is common in overweight men, is also linked to a fall in testosterone levels. Excess fat accumulation increases the buildmother & baby-up of toxic substances in fatty tissue and raises scrotal temperature.

Achieving a healthy BMI should be high on the priority list, as well as giving up smoking and avoiding second-hand smoke. Smoking can damage sperm, lowering count and motility and studies also verify that pesticides, heavy metals and exogenous oestrogens, possibly found in water, decrease sperm production.

Two recent studies found that exposure to endocrine disrupters such as phthalates in plastic packaging and bisphenol A in tinned food may reduce fertility in men so more research is necessary but the advice is to limit exposure to these compounds in the meantime.

Alcohol consumption and stress are two weight-related lifestyle factors that influence fertility in men who drink alcohol excessively may jeopardise implantation and conception as alcohol can be found in the semen comparatively quickly after drinking and alcohol leads to free radical damage and so the advice is that both men and women should avoid or strictly limit alcohol while trying to conceive.

Foods to Help with Infertility

Certain micronutrients can boost your chances of fertility, stress management is important too, with work pressures and overscheduling an issue for many. Stress may also have an adverse effect on cholesterol levels.

A recent study in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that if either one or both partners in a couple had high LDL, or bad cholesterol, it took them considerably longer to get pregnant. One of the researchers concluded that, in addition to raising the risk of cardiovascular disease, the findings suggest cholesterol may contribute to infertility and not surprisingly, many men never have their cholesterol checked!!!

Many studies have linked certain micronutrients such as selenium, zinc, vitamins C and E and folic acid to sperm quality. These nutrients are essential for better health and disease reduction. It appears that the beneficial nutrients recommended for conception are the same ones you need to keep healthy and alive to watch your children grow and start their own families.

The best way to get this diversity of nutrients is to eat well, focusing on seafood, lean animal and plant proteins such as nuts and seeds, wholegrains, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, and essential polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Supplementation may be necessary on the advice of your doctor or dietitian.

Righting the Balance with Male Infertility

Getting the balance right leaves little room for the not-so-fertility-friendly fats, such as saturated and trans fats. These are found in fried foods, processed meats and refined and processed foods such as biscuits, cakes and pastries. An excess of these fats may decrease the membrane fluidity and flexibility necessary for healthy sperm motility. Diets poor in omega 3 and rich in omega 6 may also contribute to poor semen quality and sperm function. Walnuts are very rich in omega 3, as well as vitamin E, zinc, selenium and folate.

Our diets have transformed radically in the past 60 years. Last month researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston linked a high intake of sugar-sweetened beverages with lower sperm motility in healthy young men.

This builds on the evidence from the Rochester Young Men’s study which found that men who followed a “prudent” diet with high intakes of fish, chicken, whole-grains, fruits and vegetables had better semen quality and motility than those who followed the more typical “western” pattern of refined grains, pizza, high-energy drinks and high intakes of red and processed meats and sweets, while researchers found that women undergoing fertility treatment who ate a diet similar to the traditional Mediterranean diet were 40 per cent more likely to become pregnant than those who had the least Mediterranean-like diets. The effects of this pattern of eating would be useful to study in males too.

Antioxidant-rich foods from Eating Expectantly, Fueling Your Fertility include: Fruits: blackberries, redcurrants, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, pineapple, plums and pomegranates

Vegetables: spinach, chili peppers, black and green olives, mushrooms, food1asparagus, arugula, radicchio, beets, broccoli, artichokes and red peppers

Spices: clove, allspice, mint, sage, thyme, nutmeg, rosemary, saffron, tarragon, oregano, ginger, cinnamon, natural cocoa

Beverages: pomegranate, grape, prune, and cranberry juices. (Espresso, coffee, and green and black teas also contain antioxidants but should be consumed in moderation.)

Nuts, seeds, and grains: walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, chestnuts, peanuts, pistachios, buckwheat, millet and barley

Follow this advice and maybe male infertility will be a thing of the past for you


Getting Pregnant- But Are You Too Healthy For IVF?


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How crazy is it that we can be too healthy for getting pregnant, or falling pregnant, but that is what happens with our bodies when our immune system is too healthy, and consistently rejecting any invading cells, including the fathers’ genes.

Doctors have found that they can significantly improve the chances of trying to conceive and women getting pregnant by weakening the immune system, which already has natural killer cells that protects against invasion and infection.

 Getting Pregnant Can Sometimes

Be The Easiest Part.


When a woman is trying against all odds in trying to conceive and getting pregnant, or to keep the baby from aborting, causing a miscarriage, it seems that there is hope for a number of women who “suffer” from this dilemma, as doctors are now prescribing blood-thinning medications and also steroids as a radical new treatment for repeated miscarriage and IVF failures, and apparently this is about 15-25% of women who have high levels of Natural Killer cells, detected through a simple blood test.

The low dose of steroid and blood-thinning medication are safe, cheap and available, and the best part is is that they work helping women who have difficulty getting pregnant. These medications are taken from the start of the ovulation cycle, until the third month of the pregnancy.

In a study recently undertaken, 86 per cent of women under 38 years, who had a high count of these Natural Killer cells, were able to give birth to a live baby, how exciting is this !!!

Any hope is great news when you ache, as I heard a lady on T.V. the other night saying that she couldn’t wait to hear someone call her “Mummy” – pregnancy – is such a beautiful thing that so many people take for granted, and any tips for getting pregnant is welcomed by all.

Just A Bit More Striking Information For Getting Pregnant.

I just hope that this piece of information on the subject of getting pregnant is of use to you as you read this, and further check it out with your Doctor, who would be aware of what the antibodies can do in your body.

As we travel life’s pathways we seem to find all the time and read where new things have been discovered about things in general, and especially about how our so finely tuned our bodies are and how they work, or in some cases do not work how they should. Possibly the last 50 or so years there have been the biggest breakthroughs or knowledge in science since the beginning of creation. Makes one wonder how much more will be discovered, as long as it is all to the good and uncover hidden things which have been holding up peoples dreams, like giving birth to another precious life.

You need to purchase one of these superb books to get more help on what to eat and most importantly what to not eat to get your body working in the way it needs to, so that conception can be yours also, and have that long awaited baby. Believe me I know what it is like to see month after month go by and still no little one on the horizon, so choose one or any of these books on these blogs, by clicking on the baby photo at the top of the page…with love and you can thank me later.!!

Bless you as you pursue the pathway to being a MUM.


I Need An Infertility Cure !!!

Around the world infertility in couples seem to be more and more widespread, and increasingly people are searching for answers and crying out in despair – I NEED AN INFERTILITY CURE!!!

It seems amazing that something so natural to happen to our beautiful, but sometimes complex bodies, can be so difficult to achieve, and needing an infertility cure.


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Where is my cure!!!

One of the reasons that we have been put on planet earth is to procreate but it can be a huge trial for some loving couples, however, today there are excellent pregnancy miracle books available.

To give birth to your very own baby is a dream that is put on hold for many people until they find the keys to unlock this very complex and somewhat perplexing need for an infertility cure.

Some wise person has said that there is an answer for any problem that may arise in life, and having said that, we hope this is the case for you both as you peruse an infertility cure.

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Thanks to the progress in medicine and science today there are cures for infertility in women, and it is realized that many factors can play a part in not becoming pregnant, such as your life style, the type of food you eat, and also the intake of certain drugs which you may have taken in the past, seemingly innocent at the time.

The Importance Of Your Diet

When You Need An Infertility Cure

A natural holistic female infertility cure diet for those trying to get pregnant has been found to be more reliable, and have no side-effects as well as being the most inexpensive, and put you in the best of health that you have possibly ever been in. What a bonus!!

Here is a list of 5 things which you may like to consider and compare with what you do now.

1. Consuming whole grains:- Increasing your intake of complex carbohydrates such as whole grain breads, oatmeal, brown rice and stone-ground cornmeal, which will in turn contribute in part to an infertility cure diet, but on the flip side it is important not to eat refined carbohydrates such as white bread and anything made from white flour, as they will increase the sugar and insulin levels in your blood. Try to aim for 5-7 servings daily of whole grains which is beneficial for your health and waistline.

2. Taking folic acid:- For a long time women having been taking this supplement when they are pregnant for helping to prevent spina bifida in the baby, but now it is recognized in helping conception as well, as research showed that women who consumed the correct amount of folic acid every day had 40% lower trouble in producing eggs, which is one of the main causes of infertility in women.

3. Basal body temperature:- Which is the lowest temperature achieved by the body while sleeping or resting. Ovulation causes the rise in the basal body temperature in women and is an indication that an egg is about to be released, and by monitoring this rise one can effectively determine ovulation day. Check your body temperature on awaking, keep a record as well as getting an ovulation test to determine the most fertile time each month.

4. Medications:- Certain medicines can cause a blockage of the prostaglandin hormone. Even the simple asprin can be a problem.

5. Vegetable Oils:- Naturally occurring vegetable oils which are rich in vitamin E work best in an infertility cure diet for women, but stay clear of cotton seed oil.

 The thrill of finding an answer to the female infertility cure riddle


While it is not easy to find an infertility treatment that will work the best for yourself, by using some if not all of the above it will surely be a start in the right direction of bringing your much wanted baby into your welcoming arms.

The outcome of over 15 years study in a holistic female infertility cure diet for women trying to conceive has resulted in many thousands of women conceiving their babies naturally, and this is just a small taste of the information gleaned from the medical community.

In closing why not start with looking at maybe a different way of eating, and uncovering the many incredible and helpful ways which have been written about in the books included in this blog.

So take the bull by the horns, so to speak and click on the book or links above to open up the pathway to your infertility cure, and read about how you too can be called a “MUM”

With loving wishes….infertility cure