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A deeper look at infertility

December 21, 2017

45243893 - pregnant woman holds card with baby faceAn inability to conceive is no small matter. Procreation forms the foundation of our existence as a species. Yet, rates of infertility in both men and women are on the rise. While most causes have a well-defined source, there are lesser-known causes that are no less important.

More common causes of infertility include everything from age to weight, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or damage to the fallopian tube. Still, these reasons don’t make up the entirety of causes that drive infertility. Perhaps it’s time to dig a little deeper.

Lesser-known causes of infertility

When a couple addresses some of the lesser-known causes of infertility, not only do they find their chances of conception increase, but it may also lower the risk of giving birth to a child with asthma, allergies, or some type of brain development disorder.

The first condition that plays a root cause role in infertility is that of hypothyroidism. Otherwise known as low thyroid function, this health condition can cause infertility, miscarriages, or complications in pregnancy.

In many cases, hypothyroidism results when an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s causes the body’s immune system to attack and destroy the thyroid gland. Women who test for and treat this condition prior to conceiving may find a higher conception success rate results.

Another culprit to watch out for is celiac disease, which is another autoimmune reaction to gluten. There are new, advanced testing methods that can uncover gluten-intolerance in men and women. Indeed, undiagnosed cases of celiac disease can sometimes be traced to infertility.

Why your environment matters

Environmental toxins are one of the most understated causes of many health conditions that afflict modern society. There are many, many studies that link environmental toxins to infertility. One such study found that semen quality in men is directly impaired by a number of different toxins that are common in our environment.

Exposure to harmful environmental toxins can also negatively inhibit cell growth in pregnant women. So, even when a couple does reach conception, it is still important to ensure exposure to processed foods, poorly filtered drinking water, and harsh home care products are minimized.

There are also proven nutritional methods that help people minimize their exposure to harmful environmental toxins. Here at Couri & Smyth Health for Life Medical Center, we specialize in putting the best of these methods to work for you and your health.

The most important thing a couple to do to increase the chances of conception is to uncover any health issues they may be experiencing, even if they feel it is completely unrelated to their infertility problem to begin with. Whether it be chronic inflammation, hormone imbalances or another health issue, these are issues that play a role in inhibiting conception.

Managing these concerns prior to conception also goes a long way to ensuring once conception occurs, a happy, healthy baby is born. Struggling to conceive is not an easy thing to deal with, which is why a patient-centered approach is so important.

Dr. Couri and Dr. Smyth pride themselves on offering a level of care and compassion that focuses on the underlying needs and wants of their patients. Uncovering the root of the problem and providing effective treatments that work with your body, and not against it, form the bedrock of what we do.

Are you trying to conceive, but are finding unexpected roadblocks that are hard to explain? For fertility treatments in Wausau and Weston Wisconsin, Couri & Smyth Health for Life Medical Center is your answer. Call us today to make an appointment or follow the link above to our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.

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