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Infertility Self-management Program
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Knowledge to Help Yourself Knowledge gives a person many options for managing infertility and they can then personally take charge of the effect this condition is having on their life.
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Vitamin C
Important in sperm production. Keeps the sperm from clumping and makes them more motile.
Vitamin E
Needed for balanced hormone production. Has been known as the "sex vitamin" that carries oxygen to the sex organs.
Vitamin A
Important in reproductive gland function.
Vitamin B5
Maintains sex hormone production. Helpful for stress.
Vitamin B6
Needed for the synthesis of RNA and DNA.

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(complete nutritional coverage of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, cofactor nutrients, etc.)

Deficiency leads to reduced sperm count and has been linked to sterility in men and infertility in women.
Important for the functioning of the reproductive organs.
Maintains sex hormone production.

Amino Acids:
Increases sperm count and plays a role in sperm motility.
Sulfur-containing amino acids that are effective free radical destroyers and chelating agents that protect glandular and hormonal function.
Alleviates stress and aids in stabilizing moods. Caution: do not take this supplement if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug.
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential for normal glandular function and activity, especially for the reproductive system.

  • EAT WHOLE, UNPROCESSED FOODS: Whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Eat a healthy diet with at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, along with whole grains and some good quality protein such as meats, fish, eggs, or milk. It is especially critical for men with a low sperm count to have an optimal nutritional intake since sperm formation is so closely linked to diet.

  • AVOID ALCOHOL: Alcohol reduces sperm count in men and can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in the uterus in women.

  • AVOID CAFFEINE: Caffeine may prevent some women from becoming pregnant.
  • TAKE A COMPREHENSIVE SUPPLEMENT: This ensures the presence of all nutrients for your body to perform its best.
  • WATCH THE FAT: Fat can clog the arteries in the penis causing problems in the ability to get and maintain an erection.

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Lifestyle Changes

  • GET REGULAR EXERCISE: While you should avoid vigorous training programs, regular and moderate exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight, helps control stress, and gives you a healthier overall body.

  • PERFORM RELAXATION EXERCISES: Since infertility and life in general can be stressful, learn to relax. Stress is sometimes responsible for certain infertility problems such as hormonal problems.

    Get regular exercise and maintain a healthy weight.

  • MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT: Not too under or overweight since weight influences estrogen and testosterone levels.

  • WATCH YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE: Avoid vigorous exercise, hot tubs, and saunas since they raise the body temperature and may cause changes in ovulation and reduced sperm count.

  • CHECK FOR EXPOSURE TO HEAVY METALS: Heavy metal toxins may affect ovulation. A hair analysis can determine exposure.

  • TAKE AGE INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN PLANNING CHILDREN: A woman's fertility begins to decrease after she is thirty so take this into consideration when deciding when to have children.

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Medical Options and Precautions

  • FERTILITY DRUGS: Usually, a women injects this type of drug to stimulate ovulation.

  • INTRAUTERINE INSEMINATION: Sperm is injected into the woman's uterus. A tube is used to get the sperm in past the cervix.

    These surgical procedures are expensive, sometimes totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars, and most have less than a 50% chance of sucess.
  • IN VITRO FERTILIZATION: The egg is fertilized with the sperm in a lab dish and the fertilized embryo is implanted into the uterus.

  • GAMETE INTRAFALLOPIAN TRANSFER: The eggs and sperm are inserted directly into the fallopian tubes in the hope that a resulting embryo will travel to the uterus and implant there.

  • ZYGOTE INTRAFALLOPIAN TRANSFER: The eggs are fertilized in a lab dish and any resulting fertilized eggs are transferred to a fallopian tube.

  • FROZEN EMBRYO TRANSFER: When too many embryos have resulted from an IVF cycle the extra embryos are frozen and stored so that they can later be thawed and implanted in the uterus.

  • DONOR EGGS: In women who do not produce viable eggs, eggs from another woman's ovaries are fertilized by the man and then transferred to the infertile woman's uterus.

Issues to be aware of with the above procedures:

  • Fertility drugs can be painful as they usually need to be injected into the muscle and are difficult to administer without help. As often as 25-50% of the time the use of these drugs can result in multiple births.

  • The surgical procedures listed above are expensive, sometimes totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars, and most have less than a 50% chance of success.

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