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What causes female fertility problems?

As a woman is born with every egg she is ever going to have, by the time many women today are staring to try for a baby the quantity and quality of their egg store or ovarian reserve will have started to decline therefore age does play a major factor in female infertility. When a women experiences menopause that signals the end of a woman’s chances to conceive naturally. 

Lifestyle and environment can also play a big part. An unbalanced healthy diet which includes alcohol or smoking can have a negative effect on female fertility. Genetics, hormonal imbalances caused by medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can also lead to infertility. There are also a variety of medical conditions that may cause infertility, such as blocked fallopian tubes where assisted reproductive technologies (ART) would be required in order to achieve pregnancy.

How can women improve fertility?

Eating a balanced ‘Mediterranean’ diet has been shown to help improve female fertility as it provides the body with the nutrients needed to help develop healthy egg cells.  Ensuring your weight is in the healthy BMI range is also beneficial. Stopping smoking and cutting down on drinking can also help, and supplementing your diet with appropriate nutrients, as it is quiet difficult for any of us to eat the perfect healthy diet. 

A top-level breakdown can be found below:

Healthy weight – being too underweight or overweight can have an adverse effect on female fertility due to hormone imbalances. Women should aim to keep their weight in the healthy range of the BMI scale to improve fertility. 

Healthy Diet – It has been shown that a Mediterranean diet is optimal for health, the focus of this diet is on whole, single-ingredient foods, rather than processed ones. If you are suffering from PCOS focusing your diet on ‘slow-carbs’ and avoiding sugary juices can help. You can find out more about a healthy PCOS diet here

Supplement – adding a supplement to the diet which can provide the critical micronutrients to improve fertility. When taken regularly by sub-fertile women, Impryl has been shown to significantly increase the chances of a successful conception and pregnancy. Many PCOS women are deficient in myo-inositol but will be unaware of it. Inofolic Alpha contains myo-inositol and alpha-lactalbumin, this combination has been shown to restore ovulation in 95% of PCOS women.

Exercise – will help you maintain a healthy weight, but it also can help to improve fertility outcomes. Obesity is strongly associated with infertility. Elite athletes should be more careful as extended periods of vigorous exercise can cause hormone imbalances and my result in a loss of periods and anovulation.

One way to help reduce the impact of aging is by freezing your eggs when you are still in your fertile years, as the quality of the egg is determined by the age of the woman at the time of freezing. This technology came about in order to preserve the fertility of young women who were diagnosed with cancer; their eggs are stimulated, harvested and frozen soon after diagnosis but before any chemo or radiotherapy to give these women the chance of a family post-treatment. An increasing number of women today are choosing to freeze their eggs in order to help give them a greater chance of having a family in the later phase of their fertile years, due to personal, career or relationship factors. Although it can be quite an expensive process and an option we are seeing more women take, it is no guarantee of success.

How is female infertility treated?

Fertility clinics can help diagnose female infertility and start the appropriate treatment depending on the findings.

Doctors can prescribe specific medication to help with ovulation and hormone balance. Your gynaecologist may recommend alternative treatments and surgery such as a laparoscopy to treat any obstructions, however if you are at the point of seeking help from a fertility specialist it is likely you will require some form of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) such as IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation), IUI (Inter Uterine Insemination) or ICSI (Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection). These types of interventions are becoming more common in the UK, helping women who, without the technology, would struggle to conceive or maintain a pregnancy.

If you are suffering from PCOS or other hormone imbalances you can be prescribed different medications with the aim to alleviate your symptoms. However, there is no cure for PCOS and a number of leading fertility experts in the UK also suggest you supplement with Inofolic Alpha for a natural way to manage PCOS and help with conception.

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Female Infertility FAQs

Why am I ovulating but not getting pregnant?

PCOS could be the reason for this. Although a lot of ladies who suffer from PCOS tend to suffer from anovulation (the lack or absence of ovulation) there are still those who ovulate but struggle to conceive. It could be down to male factor infertility, although it is not spoken about as widely, there is an equal chance of infertility being a male issue as it being a female issue. Always speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about ovulation.

What is the peak fertility age for a woman?

You reach peak fertility in your early 20’s at which point female fertility begins to decline. It is usually around the age of 35 that a woman’s fertility starts to drop faster and more significantly. Although it is still very possible for women to conceive and have a baby well in to their forties, the odds of having chromosomal abnormalities resulting in miscarriage or disability do increase significantly.

How can I naturally ovulate with PCOS?

Regular exercise - one of the core recommendations in managing the symptoms of PCOS and this applies to irregular periods too. While the direct impact of regular exercise on menstruation patterns and period pain is still an area of ongoing research, it can help to regulate periods by assisting with weight control.

The pain and discomfort caused by PCOS make this a really difficult challenge to take on. This is why we suggest starting with a less strenuous exercise such as yoga, gentle swimming or walking. Finding a form of exercise that you enjoy every day can really help to keep PCOS from becoming a disruptive force in your day-to-day life.

Kitchen remedies - While the science is still up for debate, there are numerous overall health benefits to increasing your intake of foods with anti-inflammatory properties such as ginger, cinnamon, pineapple, papaya, turmeric and plenty else. While you can’t rely upon these as an effective treatment, it is always worth investing in a balanced diet that provides a good mix of macro and micro-nutrients.

Inofolic Alpha – is a supplement made with naturally sourced ingredients. Clinical studies have shown that Inofolic Alpha restores ovulation in 95% of women suffering from PCOS. Supplementing with it has helped many ladies with PCOS successfully conceive and have a baby where they thought it might not be possible.

How many days after my period can I get pregnant?

Although the odds change depending on how far a woman is through the menstrual cycle, it is possible to get pregnant at any point within it. It is correct that the odds of conceiving successfully are at their lowest during or just after having your period. When you are at your most fertile is not the same for everyone as a woman’s menstrual cycle length varies. If you are having a regular 28 day cycle you are likely to be at your most fertile between 12 and 14 days after your period has stopped.

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