Looking into the causes of Infertility when you are not getting pregnant is understandable, If we know the cause we can fix it, right?
If there is a cause we are often told there is nothing that can be done about it. All too often, there is no ’cause’ in the modern medical model we see unexplained fertility, which gives us nothing to fix.
The Modern Medical Model
One of the great advantages of the modern medical model is that we can treat symptoms, we can control the progression of disease and alleviate discomfort.
One the great disadvantages of the modern medical model is that we fail to prevent causes in many instances, because well, the symptoms are controlled.
We know that reducing weight can remove, yes remove, type 2 diabetes in some people, but how many do?
The Modern Fertility Medical Model
When the causes of your infertility are looked into, you are offered a range of blood tests, sperm test, examination and scans, after a specified period of trying.
If it’s discovered that you or your partner have Endometriosis, PCOS, Low Ovarian Reserve, Blocked Fallopian Tubes, that you are not ovulating at all or efficiently, low sperm count, poor sperm motility or forms, you are sent down an assisted fertility treatment route.
If it is discovered that there are no obvious causes of infertility, (causes being only what is looked for) it is classed as unexplained and you are, yes, sent down the assisted fertility treatment route.
At no point are the known or unknown causes addressed. We are blessed with in the medical treatment model, because we have solutions, but success isn’t guaranteed.
Not only is success not guaranteed, you may not be eligible, you may not have the funds. IVF success rates in the UK are cited by the Human Fertilisation and Embryological Association (HFEA) are:
- under 35: 29%
- 35-37: 23%
- 38-39: 15%
- 40-42: 9%
- 43-44: 3%
- over 44: 2%.
What if the cause of your fertility difficulties will still affect the assisted fertility treatment option?
Modern causes if infertility?
The main factors that affect fertility are all due to our modern lives:
- Toxin exposure
These then directly affect:
- Sperm / Egg Health
- Hormone diversion – away from reproduction
- Hormone imbalance
- Pelvic congestion
But, let’s just take a step back and look affect the efficient functioning of our fertility systems, let’s look at our Fertility Systems needs which remain the same as its original design.
Past Causes of Infertility
Our fundamental innate need, to survive is controlled by our brain, In order to survive as a race there is a hierarchy, and at a primal level it was and still is:
- Safety, the environment must be safe before anything else can happen, safe as in, no life threatening tigers are present, kind of safe
- Sustenance, once the coast is clear and its safe to do so, we can obtain nourishment
- Procreation, If the environment is safe and all are nourished, then mating can take place
This is under the control of our Reptile Brain and it controls survival and therefore, continuance of the species. Absolutely instinctive behaviour.
Fundamentally if you are not safe and nourished, reproduction is affected.
So, you’re not under threat from life endangering tigers are you? or are you? Our modern day Fertility specific tigers that illicit the stress response fight or flight, can be:
- Financial worries, (cost of assisted fertility treatment)
- work deadlines, career progression
- pressure to conceive due to age
- anxiety, general or specific
- a feeling of a lack of control
- any other form of stress you are experiencing
I also want to introduce the part of the brain responsible for emotions, the Limbic brain.
When you experience such negative emotions, the Limbic brain is in fight or flight. At this point it’s not safe to reproduce.
And let us not forget the Human Brain, which controls logic, thinking and reasoning. When fight or flight is at play, this master cannot step in. There’s no time for logic, this is survival!!! There are tigers, everywhere! Instinct will get us through this…
In todays modern world it’s less out nourishment. Our diet is filled with high calorie inflammatory foods , with deleted vitamin and mineral content.
You may have looked into the fertility diet suggestions and you may be able to action the suggestions.
But, hello Limbic Brain, he says why should you have to, other people don’t, other people with bad diets, and some who take drugs, manage OK. Why should I?
At this point, you have introduced a tiger, and your safety is affected…
The future of our species
This is a whole area for discussion, but it is something that troubles me…