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Nutritional Therapy for Infertility

One in every six couples in the UK has fertility problems. While this is a disturbing statistic it also has a distressing effect on many couples who wish to have a family. Many factors are responsible for infertility issues and we have to look carefully at the reasons to understand how we should proceed with treatment.

Following the Second World War some agricultural procedures were adopted that changed our soil in the UK resulting in depletion of vital bulk and trace minerals. For example the mineral most required for fertility is zinc and I see many people who are deficient in this. In addition to this our general intake of fresh vegetables has diminished during the past 50 years and our intake of processed, packaged and takeaway foods has increased enormously. These have all had a huge impact on the quality of eggs and sperm which does not encourage conception, a healthy pregnancy or a healthy baby.

Pollution has a major impact upon our fertility. We inhale chemicals from our environment which puts pressure on the liver as it attempts to detoxify the toxins. We drink water and absorb it through the skin. Our water contains chemical pollutants, especially from plastics which are xenoestrogens. These disrupt our endocrine systems preventing normal hormonal function and affecting the delicate balance of the pituitary, adrenal, thyroid and other glands. We handle metals and ingest them through various sources (vaccines, cookware, water quality) and they can disrupt our mineral levels and cause health problems physically, mentally and emotionally.

I have many years of experience treating infertility with nutritional therapy. This involves changing the diet and using appropriate supplements for the individuals concerned. Lifestyle is also important and advice is given. Both partners have to be committed to these healthy changes. These would include stopping smoking, and temporarily stopping drinking alcohol.

I also treat couples undertaking IVF treatment because this can be supported by enhancement of the health of the sperm and eggs. In conception IVF is known to be 28% successful. However, nutritional therapy is 78% successful, so I would recommend trying our natural treatments first.

I prefer to treat both partners for at least 3 months. This way you can be assured of a healthier pregnancy and a stronger, healthier baby.

Treatment is also advised during pregnancy. Diet and supplementation is important for the development of the baby in utero and can help prevent digestive and immune system problems arising later in the child‘s life. These include asthma, hay fever, eczema, IBS and colic.

  • Note that zinc should not be supplemented on its own but should be prescribed with other nutrients in order to avoid deficiencies in other minerals.