Infertility - Female


It is a strange fact of nature that after years of taking precautions to prevent pregnancy, all too often, once a couple decides they want a baby, it doesn't happen as quickly as they had planned.


Between 10 and 20% of couples are infertile - that is they are unable to conceive after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse.


In about 40% of these cases the problem is sperm related. In 10% of cases no cause can be found. In the remaining 50% of cases something about the way the woman's body functions prevents pregnancy from occurring.


There can be many reasons why a woman has difficulty becoming pregnant. If she is underweight or obese, had a recent weight loss or has a poor diet she may find it difficult to conceive. Other causes of infertility include hormonal imbalance, pelvic inflammatory disease and chlamydia, which is often un-diagnosed.


What Can Help

  • Start eating a healthy, well balanced diet. Avoid animal fats, sugar, junk foods and fried foods.
  • Try to cut out caffeine. A recent study showed that women who drank more than 300 mg of caffeine daily (2 - 3 cups of coffee) may reduce their chance of conceiving by as much as 25%.
  • Cut out alcohol. It has been shown that even moderate consumption of alcohol (about 2 drinks per day) can reduce the chance of pregnancy.
  • Quit smoking - and try to avoid cigarette smoke
  • Stay out of hot tubs and saunas, and avoid vigorous exercise as these can cause changes in ovulation
  • RELAX !; Stress is well known as an excellent contraceptive.

Some Nutrients Worth Considering

  • Multivitamin and mineral supplement;- a good place to start to ensure your body gets adequate nutrition
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 50mg three times daily - Some studies have shown that women who take this supplement improve their chance of pregnancy
  • Vitamin B complex, 50 mg daily - Important for reproductive function
  • Vitamin E, 400 - 800 iu daily - Needed for the balanced production of hormones
  • Vitamin B12 - Infertility is an early symptom of Vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • Folic Acid, 400 mcg -;a small number of studies show increased Folic Acid intake increases fertility.
  • Zinc, 75 mg daily - deficiency may disrupt the normal menstrual cycle. Some studies have shown that zinc can help correct infertility.


Disclaimer: The information presented is for information purposes only. It is based on scientific studies or traditional usage. Consult a health care professional before using supplements or making any changes in prescribed medications. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease