We spend the majority of our teens trying to not become pregnant, and when we finally want to get pregnant it isn’t always as easy as we initially thought. But hang on, when we were at school the rhetoric was you basically you looked at a penis and you were pregnant, right?
Wrong. There is an epidemic of infertility and doctors do not often know where to turn. Around 1 in 7 couples have difficulty conceiving, which is approximately 3.5 million people in the UK (NHS, 2018).
Fertility is a multifaceted topic and an area where we cannot think of our bodies as isolated organs and systems. Instead, we really need to look at the individual as a whole. Female fertility can be affected by a multitude of different factors, including:
- Immune system response to sperm or an embryo implanting
- Lack of egg quality
- Thyroid problems
- Adrenal problems
- Poor vaginal mucus
- Short luteal phase
- BMI over 30
- Age (although do not let this limit you, it’s only 1 of many factors!)
- Genetic mutation like MTHFR
Given this is such a broad topic with a range of potential issues, you really need to be able to dig into the detail with your Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist and find out what is going on. Functional tests really can give you further insight into what is happening in your body. Tests I use regularly include genetic Tests, thyroid panelsand Dutch Hormone test. Also, using a device like Ovusense can give a great overview of your oestrogen/ progesterone levels and whether/ when you are ovulating, which is vital information.