There are many reasons for infertility. Let’s look at these different reasons for infertility and what your infertility options are.
Many women are suffering from what they consider infertility. They haven’t gotten pregnant as fast as they planned, so it’s called “infertility” for them. Many times, nothing is really wrong with the female or male partner. It just takes time to get all the complex factors of conception working together in a couple’s favor.
Some symptoms of infertility – signs that you may be infertile – are failure to conceive within six months to a year of actively trying to conceive, irregular menstrual cycles, erection or ejaculation issues with the male partner, or lack of cervical fluid around ovulation time.
You may also notice, if you’re using fertility charting as an ovulation tracking method, that your basal body temperatures (BBT’s) don’t rise like they should. There should be a good clear rise in temperature of 0.5 to 1.6 degrees right after ovulation in order to indicate that ovulation occurred for that cycle.
There are also obvious reasons for infertility, such as PCOS, luteal phase defect, sperm problems in the male partner, endometriosis, fibroids, thyroid issues, or insulin resistance. These conditions don’t necessarily mean that a woman won’t conceive – they just make conditions more difficult for conception.
Your infertility options are not limited to what the doctor would want to prescribe for you, which would usually involve a fertility drug such as Femara or Clomid. These are certainly options for you, but if you want more natural alternatives, there are plenty of those available to you as well – with fewer risks and side effects (many times with no risks or side effects).
If you are experiencing symptoms of infertility, whether it’s something obvious like PCOS with irregular periods and ovarian cysts or whether you simply haven’t gotten pregnant after six months of trying, the following infertility options may just be what you need to speed up your trying-to-conceive efforts.
1 – Maca is a great overall fertility enhancer for women and men. It boosts the libido, which is so important when a couple is performing on-demand sexual intercourse each month. It also helps to improve the quality of a woman’s eggs, particularly important for those women of “advanced age.” I believe this wonderful “superfood” helped me greatly to get pregnant with both my sons. (Read more about maca here.)
2 – Vitex – This herb is great for helping to bring on ovulation – sort of like an herbal Clomid or Femara. It acts more slowly in the body than these drugs, however, but there is very little (if any) risk of side effects. For those who have tried Clomid or Femara, you know all too well the troubling side effects that can come with infertility drugs. (Read more about vitex here.)
3 – FertilAid – With just the right amounts of folic acid and other vitamins and minerals, FertilAid for Women was developed to be a fertility enhancer and preconception vitamin all in one. This wonderful supplement has vitex added along with key antioxidants, helping to normalize reproductive function and ovulation.
FertilAid for Men is designed to improve sperm quality, sperm count, and sperm motility. It includes the amino acid l-carnitine for healthy sperm and increased motility along with key antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. (You can read more about these two supplements and purchase at the above links.)
4 – Fertile XX and Fertile XY – Fertile XX for women contains vitex, Siberian ginseng, and black cohosh to support healthy, regular ovulation, normal hormone levels, and regular menstrual cycles. Fertile XY for men supports the male reproductive system and normal testosterone levels.
Lastly, if you’re not utilizing fertility charting to help determine when your ovulation times are each month, begin to do that right away. Charting basal body temperature, observing your cervical mucus each month, and using ovulation predictor kits were all very helpful and necessary tools that I utilized to gauge my ovulation each month and helped me get pregnant more quickly.
Your reasons for infertility may be one of those mentioned, or you may not know the reason for infertility and why you haven’t been able to conceive sooner. Either way, take steps today to improve your fertility. Hopefully, I will be hearing from you soon about your successful pregnancy.