Last Modified on May 04, 2016
Infertility - Causes and Treatments
Approximately ten to fifteen percent of couples in the United States alone are affected by infertility. Infertility can be defined as an individual’s, male or female, inability to contribute to conception. Infertility in women may range from a woman’s inability to become pregnant to not being able to carry a child full term while infertility in men involves not being able to contribute viable sperm. In either case, the result is the couple’s inability to produce a child, which can be stressful and disappointing for both individuals involved.
The typical couple is able to achieve pregnancy within the first six months of trying to conceive. Within twelve months, nearly ninety percent of couples are able to conceive when having frequent, unprotected intercourse. The main sign of infertility is being unable to become pregnant. Infertility often exhibits no other obvious symptoms. IN some instances, a woman may experience irregular or absent periods. Very rarely, a man may exhibit signs of hormonal issues including changes in hair growth or sexual function.
Several factors contribute to infertility. Generally speaking, one-third of cases is caused by infertility of the male, one-third is caused by the female, and the remaining cases are caused by the male and female jointly. In any case, common causes of infertility include abnormal sperm production or function, problems with sperm delivery, overexposure to certain environmental factors and damage related to cancer. Infertility in women is often caused by ovulation disorders, uterine or cervical abnormalities, fallopian tube damage or blockage, endometriosis, ovarian insufficiency and pelvic adhesions. Additional causes of infertility in women include thyroid problems, cancer and its treatments, additional medical conditions and certain medications.
Natural Infertility Treatments
While infertility is a common issue, many infertility treatments are available that improve fertility and make getting pregnant possible. The body’s pH balance is an important factor in pregnancy. As such, balancing the pH is an effective solution for supporting fertility. Apple cider vinegar diluted in water is a natural way to balance pH. Additional treatment options include vitamin B12, barley green, dates, guaifensin, vitamin C and a combination of lime and baking soda. Eating a healthy, balanced and natural diet and staying active are also important elements for developing, maintaining and supporting fertility.
Remedies for Infertility
The Popularity of Infertility Remedies - Full List
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I would like to get preggers, but I don't even have periods. So at 10:30 on April 29, 10 I started taking two 1/4teaspoons of ACV in 16 ounces of water. Is that enough? How long should it take before I have a period? I also wanted to start takin tussin after my next period. Any and all help welcome.
EC: To our readers: Tussin is slang for Robitussin Cough Syrup.
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Posted by Lori (Chattanooga, TN) on 08/21/2007
I just came across this claim that ACV works for fertility. Well, I wasn't taking it for that reason, but when I started taking it, I found out I was pregnant about a month later! I had been trying to get pregnant for 7 months prior to that. I love ACV!
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Posted by Yaelle (Jerusalem, Israel) on 02/27/2007
I am a naturopath and highly recommend ACV treatments for just about anything! I prescriped it to a woman who came to me whos monthly cycle was irregualar, and was unable to concieve. I didnt hear back from her until 9 months later when she told me she had a baby!
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Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 08/11/2011
Hi Reshall ; Vitamin B12 is necessary for fertility; for implantation of the fertilized egg, for carrying the fetus to term, and for producing a baby with a strong immune system as well as a neurological system. It is also necessary for male fertility, (sperm count, motility, and erectile function). Foods often associated with fertility ; such as liver, oysters, and clams, are very high in B12.
Posted by Jean (Salina, KS) on 04/17/2008
My aunt and uncle had one child, and for more than 20 years tried to have another one but were unable to. Then my aunt began supplementing with Barley Green, and four months later she became pregnant, to everyone's great surprise! She was over 40 years old, and the baby was perfectly healthy.
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Posted by Jennywren (Western Australia) on 05/20/2014
Hi there, I'm surprised chaste tree has not been mentioned as it is such a popular natural remedy for conceiving. Anyhow, here's my story.
A few years back, my husband and I were trying to become pregnant. We tried for four years and were on the brink of giving up as I was nearly 40 by then. We visited a fertility naturopath, who put me on chaste tree berry in liquid form, to drink once a day. It tastes beyond vile. Anyway, she said to drink it every day for two months and to NOT try to become pregnant in that time as it can cause a miscarriage. We foolishly didn't listen, tried in the second month, conceived and miscarried shortly after. We gave it another month, and when the naturopath said to try again, we did and fell pregnant immediately. It was a miracle! Our gorgeous son is now 8 years old. :)
I also recommended her to my SIL and best friend, and they both became pregnant. So our kids are all now the same age, as an added bonus. Good luck everyone, it is such a hard journey xo
Posted by Amela (Southport, USA) on 03/06/2007
After reading a lot of articles about dealing with gallstones in the USA, I found out that a little is mentioned, or not at all, about laser surgery that has been for long time in practice in european countries for removing gallstones. Ask your doctor about it... Also, a very good remedy for lowering or getting rid of a bad cholesterol is a homemade apple vinegar. It tastes like an apple cider, just it's very sour. If you have a chance to come across a book of bosnian homemade remedies, get it! Also, dates are very good fruit for the women who cannot get pregnant.
Posted by Pat (St. Louis, MO) on 05/11/2008
I used Guaifenesin twice to get pregnant after trying for five years. Take your temp every morning. Determine your ovulation schedule. Take Robetussin like the label suggests beginning a few days before ovulation begins and continuing for 4-5 days. It will increase cervical mucus thus increasing the chances the little sperm will swim well! Worked for me!
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Posted by Dana (Petersburg, VA) on 09/17/2007
My husband and I had been trying to conceive for quite some time. I definitely didn't want to take any fertility drugs or go the invitro route. A co-worker had recommended Robitussin and said she had the same problems getting pregnant and she ended up with twins so I said what have we got to loose. No more than 3 weeks after trying a popular brand of cough syrup, (Robitussin), 1 TBS at night before bed. (Not to mention something else before bed that helped with the process!!) We went to the doctor's to discuss fertility drugs 2 months later as the next step, since we were both getting older. He came in the room and tore up the prescription he had written and said I couldn't take them because I was already pregnant (8 weeks)!! After trying for so long with not results, I knew what it was. It thinned out ALL the mucous membranes in my body. I believe the Guaifenesin increased our chance of getting pregnant along with prayer and agreement from my husband.
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Posted by Brian (Newark, OH) on 05/27/2006
Guaifenesin treats congestion, cold, flu, bronchitis, sinus infections, and may increase chances of pregnancy (obviously not the case for males). Guaifenesin, available in many OTC cough syrups (tussin) is also available in tablets (mucinex) or available in generic form from many online pharmacies or health-food stores. The suggested dose is 400 - 1200 mg no more than twice daily. Guaifenesin is an expectorant -- so, take it with PLENTY of water. It thins the mucous membranes in the body -- NOT just the lungs or throat, but the ENTIRE (ENTIRE) body. you'll probably cough a bit more than usual for the first couple days -- that's GOOD -- you're getting rid of all the extra CRAP that shouldn't be there, in the first place. I have Asthma and Allergies (as well as a chronic sinus infection) I take loratadine, advair, singulair, benadryl, and albuterol. They work -- a little -- all together . . . but if I miss my guaifenesin -- I can definitely tell. It's rumored that it's also a useful remedy for CFS. Be careful, though -- guaifenesin can cause an increase in blood pressure -- so take it with PLENTY ( I cannot stress that enough ) PLENTY!!! of water!
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Posted by Breezesmother (Gainesville, Florida, United States) on 01/14/2013
Secondary infertility remedy help requested... My first took just shy of a year to conceive. She is 18 months and still breastfeeding (but not very much). (BTW hoping for twins). I am going to try the Apple cider vinegar. I am already taking prenatal vitamins, and fish oil.
I heard it is a plus that I am breast feeding since it causes multiple eggs to drop. Twinning runs on my Mother's side of the family. (Mom was a twin, sister was pregnant with twins but one passed away.)
Anybody have input? Anyone else currently having this problem? OH and my menses are totally regular, come on the same day every month. Only exception is they are very heavy, probably due to Anemia, which I'm sure is affecting my fertility. Thanks everybody.
Posted by Linda on 02/11/2010
Two weeks after being on the lime/bakingsoda/ drink I got pregnant. I have always know I was too acidic. I have been for years, but did not know it was affecting my infertility. I had been infertile for 6 years. I am implementing more of a natural alkalinizing (greens) now.
My question. If my urine starts showing acidity again, I am concerned of loosing the baby. I will want to do the alkalinizing boost with the drink. Do you think the lime/bakingsoda/ mix is safe during pregnancy?
EC: Linda is referring to one of Ted's alkalizing formulas on this page: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/alkalizing_formulas.html
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Posted by Ronda (Us) on 05/25/2014
There was a study done on infertility in women. Nearly all of them had fibroids, endometriosis or cysts, including thick lining of the uterine wall. They all went on a higher dosage of vitamin B6, at least 100 mg/day (average size 125-150 lbs). Some were placed on much higher dosages. Only one did not get pregnant (she quit the program, and they didn't know what happened with her) within the year. In all of them, the fibroids, cysts, etc. began diminishing in size. The doctor that did the study felt that if he were to continue the study, that the cysts, etc. would completely go away. This has also worked for me. I used to have a cycle of 24 days, after a few months of B6, each month the period would become longer, until now it is at 28-30 days.
EC: While searching for the study Ronda was referring to, we came across an interesting site listing pubmed studies on B6 relating to pregnancy, miscarriage and infertility that folks might want to also check out: http://sites.google.com/site/miscarriageresearch/vitamins-and-miscarriage/vitamin-b6
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