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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


Young Women Smokers Risk Infertility While Trying To Get Pregnant

Here we are again, trying to unscramble the many reasons why trying to get pregnant eludes so many women around the world today.pregnancy miracle review books

Puffing on a cigarette while trying to get pregnant is yet another reason, and the crazy thing is that many people believe smoking while trying to conceive helps them to relax, but in fact it has the opposite effect with heart beats increasing, and stress levels rising, and imagine the panic attacks when the cigarettes run out.

As smoking is such a world wide issue, and younger and younger people are taking up the habit one has to wonder when all the publicity shows that it is just harmful, why do we not heed warnings when there is not one positive aspect about smoking, and let’s not get into the cost, either monetary or the cost to your body ??.

This report is well worth reading if you are a smoker and trying to get pregnant.

The Dangers Of Smoking

While Trying To Get Pregnant

An alarming report printed in “THE TIMES OF INDIA” BANGALORE INDIA on 31st May 2012

Young women smokers risk infertility
Hetal Vyas, TNN May 31, 2012, 02.02AM IST

BANGALORE: Be it emotional burden, failed relationship, work stress or just peer pressure, women in the city want to blow it away with a puff of a cigarette.

It is believed that smoking is prevalent only amongst elite and highly educated women, but doctors in the city say that smoking is being considered fashionable amongst middle class women, especially in their 20s, and the effect of smoking while trying to conceive is yet to be discovered by them.

Oncologists and gynaecologists say that about 20% women in India are addicted to tobacco (chewing and smoking).

What is more threatening is the age group of women addicted to tobacco, which has come down significantly.

What are the smoking pros and cons, especially while trying to get pregnant, is there a positive one?

This also poses a threat to the fertility in women who are trying to get pregnant, say doctors.

“There has been a cultural shift in India.

More and more women are taking up smoking for various reasons and sometimes for no particular reason, which is even more sad of you are trying to get pregnant.

Today, many young girls see their mother or some elderly woman in the family smoking and take it up at young age.

Tobacco consumption can directly affect a woman’s fertility.

It also increases the risk of miscarriage,” says Dr Pratima Murthy, professor of psychiatry and head of the de-addiction department, Nimhans.

Explaining the effects of tobacco consumption, Dr Kamini Rao, chairman, Bangalore Assisted Reproductive Center, says: “The female to male relative risk ratio for smoking is about 25:1, thus it puts women at a higher risk while trying to get pregnant.

Nicotine in tobacco can directly affect the chromosome and lead to infertility.

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It can be a reason behind premature labour and child’s quality of life may suffer if the mother is a smoker.

Child may also born mentally retarded.”

Says Dr Ganesh Vashishta, chief medical oncologist, BGS Global Hospitals: “In several awareness programmes I have addressed in the city, I have observed that around 25% of the audience were women in the age group of 20 -30 who were smokers.

The reasons quoted for smoking included work pressure, and also a belief that smoking would help them lose weight.

Though these educated young women are aware of the ill-effects of smoking, they believe that smoking 1-2 mild cigarettes is safe.

However this is not true, it can have the same ill-effects as the regular cigarettes as they take a deeper puff.”

“Smoking is the reason behind increase in cases of lung and cervical cancer amongst women. Not only does it harm the woman but also the child. Work-related stress has pushed many women to smoking, but they don’t know that smoking actually adds to stress and increases the risk of heart and kidney failure,” says Dr Gayathri Karthik, obstetrician and gynecologist, Manipal Hospital.

An alarming report printed in “THE TIMES OF INDIA” BANGALORE INDIA on 31st May 2012 as further evidence that women may be unwittingly contributing to their failure when trying to conceive whilst still of child-bearing age.

How tragic can this be as the simple addictive smoking habit can have this effect and result??

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Help Is At Hand To Quit Smoking Especially Whilst Trying To Get Pregnant

Having read all of the above, the only help or advice to anyone who still ‘enjoys’ smoking is get help to quit if you are not able to go cold turkey !!!!, which shows that you mean business.

There are excellent ways to quit smoking, either in tablet form, patches, sprays, gum or a miriad of ways which the pharmacist or doctor will help you find one that will be suitable for you.

Do you really want a drug in control of you ? or would you rather be in control ? and don’t fall for the lie that it will help keep you slim, but maybe it will if you never have the opportunity to become a mother.

Please seriously consider downloading one of these excellent pregnancy miracle review books that are available here on these blogs, just by clicking on the images or links, and you will see how by changing things in your life you may find the help you need in trying to get pregnant.

Best wishes as you endeavor to break this habit, continue trying to get pregnant, and bring a very wanted baby into this world!!

The Facts About The Causes Of Infertility!

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It would seem that along with a lot of other problems and diseases that are on the march in our countries, the causes of infertility are growing also and trying to conceive is a big issue for lots of loving married couples all around the world today.

In the year of 2000 one in ten couples who were trying to become pregnant were declared infertile, and now we have reached and passed that date by many years, and the figures are at a staggering (to me anyhow), one in six couples, and soon if the trend continues it could be as high as one in three, imagine that!!

If after 12 months of unprotected intercourse a baby is not on the way, infertility would be assumed.

In most countries, couples are able to get help for their causes of infertility, or lack of success when trying to conceive with assistance in the form of IVF under the Public Health System.

Basic knowledge on the causes of infertility.

There are also many good publications about natural infertility treatment that may be extremely helpful, and certainly worth exploring.

So is this a good thing or not?

Well one would have to think that it certainly appeals to many couples by looking at how many people ( and how many folk do you know, or know of ) who have gone down this path.

If you are over 35 years of age, have been living a good healthy lifestyle and been having intercourse at the right time each month with no success, well surely you are ready for some help.

It is also helpful to combine the medical intervention with natural means, acupuncture, and naturopathy, to help the body to function how it is meant to.


causes of infertilityOn the other side of the story, it would seem that IVF has become almost too readily available for some couples, ie some who are a bit ignorant of their bodies, and lack knowledge about falling pregnant.

I would believe that basic education is needed and has not been offered to some couples about the availability of pregnancy miracle books and natural infertility treatment to begin with to explain the causes of infertility.

Apparently many couples are turning up at IVF clinics, and really all they need is information on where and when women are fertile during their menstrual cycle, seems amazing that in this day and age women can be ignorant as was the case 50 years ago, when ‘things’ of that nature were not even spoken about, and half of the time I had to wonder if mothers themselves even knew too much about how the body works, and how they even really became pregnant, getting very unhelpful information from them that you could get pregnant off the toilet seat. I know that my introduction was very sketchy, with a “Talk to Girls” program at school one night. The boys had a different night, (would imagine the Mums were happy at that one)

It was reported that in Melbourne at two IVF clinics a study found that only 13% of women had a good understanding of when they were fertile in their cycle, while an amazing 53% had a poor understanding and 11% had no understanding at all, which meant that their causes of infertility was in some cases just due to basic knowledge of their bodies.

Knowing your body better and eliminating some of the causes of infertility.

Day 1 of your cycle is the first day of your period, when an average woman will hatch an egg, or ovulate on about the 14th day, and survival time is up to a week, but is at it’s peak for 48 hours when insemination needs to occur.

Some women will ovulate either side of the 14 day period, but a blood test can be done by a doctor in the early part of your cycle, or you may wish to purchase one of the many home kits available for this purpose, to pick up changes in your hormones to tell you if you are ovulating.

Other reliable signs are vaginal secretions, which change in texture, increased temperature, a slight pain on one side, increased libido, or a pimple or tears.

The causes of infertility are very many and varied, but these suggestions will help ………. having a good healthy diet… plenty of exercise for you both… keeping stress to a minimum… and don’t forget to have lots of fun together while you keep on trying for your pregnancy miracle.

The best one thing that you can do at this moment is to purchase one of these excellent books on infertility, to start reading and following the system which has been set out for you.

1..Establish your reproductive system fully to create the optimal conditions for conception.

2..Focusing on your diet as well as vitamins and minerals. There is a list of foods and vitamins to enhance fertility in females.

3..Acupuncture, acupressure and traditional Chinese herbs can aid in getting pregnant.

4..Fasting and cleansing.

5..Sexual positions, timing, ovulation and sperm count are discussed.

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