Did you know that only 60% of couples will conceive naturally without medical assistance within the first 6 months of trying? This means that one in every eight couples struggle with infertility issues - or a whopping 17.4 million women in the US alone. National Fertility Association Statistics:
Infertility is outlined as the decreased ability, or complete inability, of a couple to conceive a child, more specifically - failure to conceive after a year of regular intercourse without protection.
There are many different causes of infertility, and as such, it can be difficult at first to determine a suitable course of treatment Strong links have been found between the rise of infertility in women of childbearing age with the increasing prevalence of other health complications, such as diabetes and obesity. At the very least, the hormonal imbalances associated with these diseases are undoubtedly a contributing factor to infertility issues. At the center for health & healing, we have the experience that gets results. We look at weight, lifestyles, endocrine distributing, heavy metals and immune issues just to name a few in order to find and correct the issue. Using whole food and herbs we will guide you to the outcome you are looking for.
How can Functional Medicine help?
This is where functional medicine can assist. As functional healthcare focuses on the individual as a whole, it takes into account elements of one’s lifestyle that may be contributing to their health issues. This means not just aiming to reverse the physical symptoms, but addressing the source of the problem - for GOOD!
Considering infertility, not as an ‘illness’, but an imbalance in some area of physical health is a much effective way to treat it. Functional medicine’s goal is to help the body return to its optimized state of function.
We are so motivated to help our community understand and identify what is causing their individual health complications. As no one person is the same, we are aware that there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment when it comes to increasing fertility.
Functional medicine techniques for infertility have proven successful in many cases, however, the broad spectrum of infertility causes means that not every patient will experience immediate results. Much of this variable relies on the functional health awareness and ‘literacy’ of the parents-to-be in question. Our hope is to enable all patients to become ‘literate’ and confident in functional health, so as to maximize their chances of increasing fertility and successfully conceiving.
Vitamins, such as zinc, iron, and folic acid, are notoriously beneficial for promoting proper hormone function and in turn, improves fertility. Lentils, in particular, are a great source of many of the essential vitamins necessary for reproduction.
The following recipe is a quick and easy meal to help boost your fertility levels:
Old-Fashioned Lentil Soup
1 cup dried brown lentils
½ onion, diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup celery, leaves included, finely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp pink or sea salt
Cover lentils with water and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and add all remaining ingredients.
Cover pot and cook for 30-40 minutes or until lentils are soft.
We are motivated to educate as many people as possible which is why we host many events at our office. From in-person educational experiences to virtual webinars and even parties to celebrate our patients, we encourage everyone to get involved with all of our offerings.
Do you suffer from any of these symptoms?
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