11 Common Causes Of Infertility
Updated: Jul 6
Are you having issues with getting pregnant? Infertility can be caused by a multitude of reasons. For some people, getting pregnant is easy, for others, it can take years and a number of different treatments to get pregnant. Our team is here to help you along your journey. In this short article, we'll outline 11 common causes of infertility. Learn more about Chinese Medicine treatments for Fertility and Pregnancy at Health Wise.
Before we get into the article, you should know that Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture treatments can help you to optimize your ability to naturally conceive. We can work together with your doctor to support your fertility treatment. In the 3-month window prior to conception, Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine can be particularly helpful. Research studies have demonstrated that Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatments can increase fertility. One study in particular by the University of Adelaide indicated that Chinese herbal medicine achieved on average a 60% fertility rate compared with 30% for standard Western medical drug treatment or IVF (Click here to read the research ). The study shows that the use of Chinese herbal therapies can contribute to a two-fold increase in your chances of conceiving.
At Health Wise, "We help to re-balance the body’s systems, enabling the body to perform its natural functions at its greatest potential". In treating infertility, we aim to improve the body's physical functions and address the expression of emotions that affect our natural character. Emotional impacts can exacerbate fertility problems. Additionally, stress from conceiving can contribute to the struggles of everyday life. Interested in learning more? Click here to reach out to us with any questions that you may have.
Taking two minutes of your time to read through these 11 common causes of infertility can help you to gain insight into optimizing your body for pregnancy. Without further delay, Let’s dive in.
11 Common Reasons For Infertility
Before we begin to start treating infertility, the most important step is to first identify the cause of the issue. Here are 11 potential reasons you’re having fertility issues.
🔸 Irregular cycle and ovulation
A regular cycle can vary between 21 to 35days. A regular cycle helps us to identify the ovulation period. If your cycle is irregular, it becomes easy to miss the window of opportunity for conception.
Age is a big contributing factor for infertility. Your egg reserve and quality tend to decline more rapidly after the age of 35. If you are over the age of 35, it is even more important to optimize your body for fertility by adopting the correct lifestyle changes, eating habits, and herbal supplements to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
🔸Unhealthy body weight
Being overweight can affect your chances of getting pregnant, and so can being underweight. Not being in a healthy weight category can affect your ability to conceive, as it can change your ovulation patterns.
Men can also struggle with infertility due to hormonal and genetic reasons. We recommend both partners visiting together to seek help from a qualified professional if you're experiencing fertility issues.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the endometrial tissues grow outside of the uterus, and as a result, can cause inflammation and scarring. This can affect your chances of conceiving. We recommend seeking professional help if you're experiencing this condition.
🔸Blocked Fallopian Tubes
With the case of blocked fallopian tubes, eggs can’t make their way down into the uterus to be fertilized. As a result, it causes issues with infertility.
PCOS is an endocrine disorder that prevents ovulation. This condition can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Learn more about PCOS here. We recommend seeking professional help if you're experiencing this condition.
Uterine fibroids can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting on the uterine wall. Read more about this condition here. We recommend seeking professional help if you're experiencing this condition.
An autoimmune condition causes your body to attack its own tissues and can cause miscarriages. Autoimmune disorders may vary from person to person and it is best to seek professional assistance.
🔸Just stopped using contraceptive pills?
Once you have stopped taking contraceptive pills, your body needs time to adjust in order to start to ovulate. The best course of action, in this case, is first to be patient and wait.
The stress hormone can disrupt all the other hormones in your body and affect your ovulation. If you have consistently tried to conceive for over a year but have not had any positive results. Don't hesitate to bring up your concerns with your doctor or a qualified professional.
Chinese Herbs for fertility
The Chinese herbal approach is amongst the most sophisticated herbal systems that have been developed. In Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal therapy, herbs are rarely taken by themselves but are instead used in an effective combination prescribed in a formula to address your unique pattern of symptoms and improve the function of the body as a whole. Learn more about using Chinese herbs for fertility by following this link.
A meta-analysis found that Chinese herbs can increase fertility by two-fold within a four-month period when used in an appropriate manner. At Health Wise, we use thousands of herbs in Chinese Medicine and each formula is uniquely customized to each individual patient's condition. The value of the herbs comes from using them in the appropriate combinations and correct amounts to gain their utmost effectiveness.
We highly recommend getting in contact with us or coming to our clinic for a proper diagnosis and taking the most appropriate herbal formula to suit your needs. Working with an experienced practitioner of Chinese medicine will increase your chances of conception.
Using Herbal Therapy and IVF For Fertility
Research is emerging to show that combining herbal therapy with ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) cycles may improve the chances of a positive outcome. In one study, Chinese herbal therapy during an IVF cycle showed improved egg quality, an increase in endometrial thickness, and higher pregnancy rates Click here to read more about this study on combining Chinese Herbal therapy with IVF cycles.
With fertility, time is the enemy. With each passing day, the window of opportunity to conceive becomes a little slimmer. Creating an effective fertility plan requires time and patience. We can be there to help you through this process. Follow this link to contact us. Regardless of the path you take towards conception, a proactive approach will always be better than a passive one.
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