How to Increase Fertility in Women

If you are suffering from infertility, have endured the grief of miscarriage, or if you are hoping to become a parent, then you are in the right place. Here we will talk about factors that impact fertility, and what you can do to improve your fertility, and learn more about the most widely researched topics in integrative treatments for infertility.

Over six million people in the united states have impaired fertility. This is 1 in 6 couples. Over 10 million couples have sought infertility services and over two million married couples are infertile. Fertility is impacted by malefactors (35-40%), female factors (35-40%), and a combination of male and female factors (20-30%). There are many variables that contribute to healthy fertility and pregnancy. You can improve your fertility and overall health with integrative treatments for fertility. 

Infertility is defined as a failure by a couple to conceive after 1 year of unprotected intercourse. There are malefactors and female factors to consider. In this section, we will focus on fertility in women. Fertility can be broken down into two main categories: Physical fertility and emotional fertility. 

In order to understand what promotes optimal fertility, we need to start with what causes infertility. 

Let’s start with physical causes of infertility: 

  • Central nervous system causes (40%)
  • Tubal causes (30-50%
  • Pelvic causes (5-10%
  • Cervical causes (2-3%)
  • Unexplained causes (10%)

 

To deconstruct this a bit farther:

  • Central nervous system causes (40%): Excess stress, weight gain, eating disorders, and lesions in the brain and spinal cord, pituitary tumors, and other conditions can all negatively impact fertility. Examining for central nervous system causes will give you direction about treatments to help you treat the root cause of your infertility.
  • Tubal causes (30-50%): IUD insertion can cause irritation and scarring in the uterus and inflammation and scarring in the fallopian tubes. Pelvic inflammatory disease is also a cause of infertility. Other considerations are ectopic pregnancies, pelvic surgery, endometriosis, fibroids, and adhesions/ scarring in the uterus and or fallopian tubes.
  • Ovarian causes include Ovarian tumors, surgical trauma, endometriosis, a history of radiation and or chemotherapy, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and premature ovarian failure.
  • Pelvic causes (5-10%): Irritation and scarring from IUD use, infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, septic abortions, endometriosis, pelvic tuberculosis, and other causes impact fertility.
  • Cervical causes (2-3%): This may include infection, cancers of the cervix, sexually transmitted diseases, IUD history, prior surgery, LEEP procedure (often used if there are abnormal cell changes on the cervix), cervical mucus abnormalities, and more.
  • Unexplained causes (10%).

Other causes include imbalances in the endocrine system (thyroid, sex hormones), diabetes, renal failure, medications, HIV, and other causes. 

Ask your doctor to run these tests to evaluate for the cause of infertility in women:

  • Comprehensive hormone panel including FSH, LH, GNRH, PROLACTIN, FRACTIONATED ESTROGENS (on day 3 of period), TESTOSTERONE (FREE AND TOTAL), DHEA-S, PROGESTERONE (on day 21), PREGNENOLONE.
  • Thyroid screening: TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3
  • CBC, CMP, Lipids
  • Antispermatozoal Antibody
  • STI panel: Chlamydia, Syphilis, Rubella
  • Imaging: Ultrasound (abdominal and transvaginal)
  • Laparoscopy if clinically indicated 
  • Organic Acid Testing
  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis
  • Metal and nonmetal toxicity screening
  • Food allergy testing

 

Emotional Fertility

The next main category of fertility is emotional fertility. Our emotional fertility impacts our fertility, and our fertility impacts our emotional fertility. This is a deep and vast topic and we will not be able to give it all of the attention it deserves. This is why it is so important to have a trusted helper to work through the multidimensional components of fertility. While we do not completely understand all of the variables of fertility, the scientific community has demonstrated that there is a strong biopsychosocial link in the human body. The way we think and feel directly impacts hormone production, metabolism, neurotransmitter production, and even health metrics like heart rate variability, blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygenation. 

To explore your relationship to fertility, take the self-survey below.

Fertility Interview Survey

Completing this survey can provide data in regards to your experience around becoming a parent.

  1. The motivation for having a baby
    1. Content with self has much to share with a baby
    2. Hopeful, somewhat discontented, wants/needs baby to add to her life
    3. Conditional motivations, ‘hooks’ (ie., wants boy; to secure relationship, etc)
    4. Conflicted reasons; struggling; unstable
    5. Obsessed; clingy/attached; morbid dwelling; desperate
  2. Partner interest in having a baby
    1. Highly interested, encouraging, OK either way
    2. Somewhat encouraging, concerned about his own needs
    3. Neutral, willing to accept, withhold some
    4. Worried, cautious, withhold support, unstable support
    5. Not interested, antagonistic; or, attached, demanding
  3. Self-esteem as a mother, woman, and/or wife
    1. High self-esteem, confidence,
    2. Mostly good self-esteem
    3. Neutral self-esteem sees self as basically adequate
    4. Somewhat low self-esteem
    5. Highly inadequate self-image
  4. Relationship with a mate: Support during times of stress
    1. Feels he is there for her, highly supportive
    2. Mostly supportive
    3. Frequently undermining, unhelpful
    4. Mostly undermining, rug-pulling
    5. Sometimes supportive, sometimes not
  5. Relationship with a mate: Communication
    1. Satisfying, feels understood by him
    2. Mostly good
    3. Neutral, adequate
    4. Mostly poor, often unsatisfying
    5. Poor, mostly feels misunderstood

Integrative Methods for Fertility: Dr. Cain’s top solutions for promoting fertility

In your preparation for becoming pregnant, we always recommend these three proactive steps (for mom AND dad):

  1. Give your body high dose nutrients to build and restore
  2. Test for the obstacles to health and create a protocol for removing those obstacles
    • Organic Acid Testing
    • Comprehensive Stool Analysis
    • Metal and nonmetal toxicity screening
    • Food allergy testing
  3. Emotional preparedness
    • Counseling
    • Spiritual coaching
    • Couples therapy
    • Trauma therapy 

Integrative Solutions for Infertility

  • Get to the root cause and treat: This requires diagnostic workup
    • Get the testing done described at the beginning of this article
    • Increase fertility awareness: Intercourse during most fertile times of the cycle
    • Reduce stress around intercourse (counseling individual and couple, sex therapy, use stress-reduction techniques)
    • Give your body the nutrients it needs for optimal fertility (check out our shop for our favorite vitamins!)
      Detoxification: Based on the results of your metal and nonmetal toxicology screening, talk with your doctor about a detox program that is right for you.
    • Exercise: 3 days per week, 30 min cardiovascular, 30 minutes weight training
    • Diet: Follow the guidelines of the Gut Psychology Diet
      • High vegetarian protein, low animal protein
      • High omega containing foods
      • Limit caffeine
      • Avoid soda pop, food dye, fast food, foods high in preservatives and additives
    • Acupuncture
    • Botanicals
      • Pregnancy Prep by Vitanica: As directed 
      • Omega Pure by Arctic Oils