It may be riskier than you think…
1 in 5 Americans battle with the distress that comes from infertility. For some, the solution may be fertility treatments. They are a few different treatment options for couples to choose from and all have their pros and cons. However, many of the medications associated with these treatments claim to restore fertility but are actually forcing your body into ovulation, which is unnatural and can increase the risk of many unwanted concerns.
There are many couples who decide to go in this route in hopes of conceiving a child, but are risks? There is a common misconception that says fertility treatments are safe when in reality they can actually cause more harm to the body than good.
Now, while these fertility treatments have helped many women get pregnant, there are many risks that come from doing so. Not only are these treatments extremely expensive, but the results are not always guaranteed. Not to mention, the physical side effects and long-term effects of taking all the medications prescribed.
So what is infertility and how does it happen?
Couples who have not become pregnant after at least 1 year of trying are considered infertile, meaning they cannot conceive a child. This can be due to many factors like hormonal health and lifestyle from both males and females.
Generally, infertility in women is caused by irregularities in the ovulation process, which is the monthly release of an egg from the ovaries. Whereas infertility in men is normally due to poor-quality semen, the fluid with sperm that is ejaculated during sex, and/or low testosterone levels.
There are many other reasons why one may be dealing with infertility and it can vary from person to person. That is why it is always important to assess someone's health individually to get to the root cause of the issue. That is also why fertility treatments do not work. The treatments are not personalized to the person as an individual and more as a statistic.
The link between infertility and hormonal imbalance
Most cases of infertility are due to a hormonal imbalance. This happens when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the body and the production of the hormones has been jeopardized. However, in order to conceive a child there is a necessary balance of hormones is needed.
Hormones play a key role in female reproduction, particularly the ones that control the menstrual cycle. As mentioned before, ovulation is important when trying to get pregnant. When the egg is released into the fallopian tube, the uterine lining thickens, preparing for implantation, which is when the fertilized egg becomes a cluster of cells called a blastocyst and attaches itself to the uterine wall. This happens about 6-12 days after ovulation and is when pregnancy officially begins. If there are many irregularities or delays in the ovulation process it makes becoming pregnant difficult.
Treatment options for infertility
There are a number of fertility treatments to choose from, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). However, as we previously discussed, they all have their risk.
Luckily, there is a more natural, effective approach to dealing with infertility. That is getting to the source of the problem. Addressing infertility this way can ensure personalized care and instructions on how to restore fertility without all the medications.
That is why our approach at The Lifestyle Clinic has helped many families grow and flourish over the years. We help individuals get to the root of their health concerns including infertility and provide personalized solutions to addressing them. Now, if this sounds like something you or someone you may know needs, click here for more information.