Our ability to get pregnant can sometimes be a direct reflection of our underlying health. Assuming we rule out issues with our male counterpart – If we cannot get pregnant, it might be worth doing some digging to get to the bottom of why our body might feel unsafe to bear another being.
This is where it’s really important to be educated about the female menstrual cycle and have a great doctor to work closely with. The Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden, Beyond the Pill by Jolene Brighten, and Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried are great reads.
Common Contributors to Infertility:
– Low progesterone levels (Progesterone helps prepare our uterine lining for implantation & is also vital to a healthy pregnancy)
– High Androgen levels (Elevated Testosterone/DHEA -> Underlying PCOS ->likely don’t ovulate & thus no egg = no baby)
– Endometriosis (About 30-50% of women with endometriosis struggle with infertility)
– Hormonal imbalance due to environment & aging (Daily chemical exposure to parabens/plastics/pesticides can cause things to get wonky. Hormone levels also naturally drop off as we age, especially progesterone levels!)
– Hormonal imbalance after getting off hormonal birth control (There’s often a delay in resuming ovulation after getting off hormonal birth control. And if hormones were imbalanced and symptoms were an issue prior to birth control, they’ll still be an issue after getting off as well)
– Under-eating (If we’re not eating enough calories for us, how will our body support another being?)
– Eating a low-fat diet (Cholesterol is a pre-cursor for sex hormone production. Chronically living at 40-50f? Probably not the best idea)
– Overexercising/overtraining (Stress = stress. If the environmental seems stressful -> no babies)
– Poor gut health (Impaired digestion can negatively impact hormone levels & cause nutrient deficiencies)
Some Daily Habits That May Help Naturally Boost Our Hormone Health:
– 8-9 hours of sleep every night
– Consume 30-35g fiber and drink plenty of water
– Consume plenty of healthy fats (like avocado, olive oil, salmon)
– Consume a low-inflammatory diet (minimize sugar, minimize refined carbohydrates, avoid processed foods, consider avoiding dairy/gluten)
– Minimize caffeine and alcohol intake
– Minimize exposure to xenoestrogens (such as plastics, parabens, and pesticides)
– Consider supplementing with with zinc, magnesium, B-complex, vitamin C, and vitamin D
– Incorporate probiotics and fermented foods for gut health
– Minimize physical and psychological stress (take adequate rest days & find ways to de-stress)
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