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A couple is considered infertile if they have tried to conceive for a year or more without success. Surprisingly this occurs in approximately 16% of couples and the difficulty is equally distributed between both men and women. There are many causes of infertility, many of which can be helped. It is always critical to seek a physician consult prior to delving into some of the alternatives/suggestions provided below.
Proper nutrition, exercise, health, rest and low stress are important when trying to conceive. Your diet should be varied and healthy. It is important to limit caffeine, nutrasweet and aspartame. It is also important to avoid alcohol and tobacco products. Drink plenty of healthy fluids such as water and pure fruit juices. This information is critical for both men and women.
Specifically for the male, it is important to wear loose fitting underwear such as boxer shorts. If the testicles are too close to the body (snug fitting pants and undergarments cause this) the temperature within the testicle rises and this can reduce the sperm count.
Women should consider a small amount of iron each day (10-20 mg/day). Also remember if you do not have enough body fat, you will have a difficult time conceiving. If you are significantly underweight, your ovulatory cycle will likely be off. Additionally if you exercise too aggressively it may also reduce your fertility (ie 7 days a week for 1 or more hours each day)
For both the man and the woman I advise (and there is scientific support to validate these suggestions-see below) increasing your intake of vitamin C (500-1500 mg/day), vitamin E (400-800 i.u. per day), zinc (15-40 mg/day), B-12 (10-100 micrograms/day (mcg)), beta-carotene (8000-15000 i.u. per day) (note-not vitamin A, but beta-carotene), selenium (100-200 mcg/day), co-enzyme-Q10 (30-100 mg/day), vitamin B6 (15-100 mg/day), folate (400-800 mcg/day). All of the supplements just listed can be obtained in the perfect balance by using Body Language Vitamin Co. Multivitamin formula, Antioxidant formula and the Anti-age/energy formulae.
The following information is obtained through multiple sources but primarily from Natural Medicine Database
Beta-carotene is taken as a dietary source of vitamin A, for treating vitiligo, and reducing photosensitivities, including erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) and polymorphous light eruption. Beta-carotene is also used orally for decreasing exercise-induced asthma, and reducing the risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, and age related macular degeneration. Other oral uses include AIDS, alcoholism, depression, epilepsy, headache, heartburn, hypertension, infertility, Parkinson's disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and schizophrenia.
Coenzyme Q-10 is used for congestive heart failure (CHF), angina, diabetes, hypertension, periodontal disease, preventing cardiotoxicity associated with doxorubicin (Adriamycin) chemotherapy, and breast cancer. It is used for Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, muscular dystrophy, increasing exercise tolerance, reducing symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, and warfarin-induced alopecia. It is also used for stimulating the immune systems of people with HIV/AIDS, life extension, male infertility, migraine headache, and quinone-responsive mitochondrial encephalomyelopathy. Coenzyme Q-10 is also used for preventing "statin"-induced myopathy. A specific coenzyme Q-10 formulation (UbiQGel) also has FDA Orphan Drug status for mitochondrial disorders, including MELAS (myoclonic epilepsy with lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes) syndrome, Kearns-Sayre syndrome, and MERRF (myoclonus epilepsy with ragged red fibers).
Iron is used for preventing and treating iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia, for attention deficit disorder, improving athletic performance, treating oral canker sores, Crohn's disease, depression, female infertility, and menorrhagia
L-arginine is used for cardiovascular conditions including congestive heart failure (CHF), angina pectoris, hypertension, and coronary artery disease. L-arginine is also used for intermittent claudication, senile dementia, erectile dysfunction, male infertility, prevention of the common cold, interstitial cystitis, cyclosporine nephrotoxicity, improving athletic performance, and preventing necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants. It is also used in combination with ibuprofen for migraine headaches, and as an adjunct to chemotherapy in breast cancer. In combination with hydroxymethylbutyrate (HMB) and glutamine, L-arginine is used orally for treating weight loss in people with AIDS. In the perioperative period, to reduce infections, improve wound healing, and shorten recovery time, L-arginine is used orally in combination with RNA and EPA. Topically, L-arginine is used as an aid in wound healing, for treating cold hands and feet, and for male and female sexual dysfunction. Intravenously, L-arginine is used for intermittent claudication, for detecting growth hormone deficiency, nutritional supplementation for the critically ill, metabolic acidosis, and persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns.
Vitamin B6 also known as pyridoxine is used most commonly for treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS), vitamin B6 deficiency, "morning sickness" in pregnancy, depression associated with pregnancy or oral contraceptive use, primary homocystinuria, hyperhomocysteinemia, and preventing neuritis associated with isoniazid or penicillamine. Pyridoxine is also used orally for boosting immunity, muscle cramps, protection against cancer, diuresis, conjunctivitis, cystitis, primary hyperoxaluria, preventing kidney stones, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), night leg cramps, arthritis, and allergies. It is used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Down syndrome, migraine headache, asthma, pyridoxine-responsive sideroblastic anemia, sickle cell anemia, xanthurenic aciduria, primary cystathioninuria, acne, various skin conditions, stimulating appetite, hyperlipidemia, heart disease, radiation sickness, menopausal symptoms, infertility, amenorrhea-galactorrhea syndrome, and suppressing postpartum lactation. Pyridoxine is also used orally for dizziness, motion sickness, psychosis, autism, hyperkinesis, acute chorea, chronic progressive hereditary chorea, tardive dyskinesia, absence (petit mal) seizures, febrile convulsions, gyrate atrophy of the choroid and retina, diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, alcohol intoxication, preventing leukopenia secondary to mitomycin, reversing procarbazine neurotoxicity, preventing anemia due to pyridoxine deficiency, preventing seizures associated with cycloserine, fluorouracil-induced erythrodysesthesia, and acute hydrazine toxicity. It is also used orally to decrease the rate of restenosis after coronary angioplasty.
Intravenously, pyridoxine is used for seizures in infants unresponsive to other therapies, acute toxicity due to isoniazid, cycloserine or hydrazine overdose, and acute poisoning from mushrooms of the genus Gyromitra.
Selenium is used for treating HIV/AIDS, preventing cancer, heart disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, abnormal pap smears, atherosclerosis, macular degeneration, infertility, gray hair, Osgood-Schlatter disease, and Keshan disease.
Vitamin B12 is used for treating pernicious anemia and preventing and treating vitamin B12 deficiency. It is also used orally for treating primary hyperhomocystinemia, heart disease, male and female infertility, diabetes, memory loss, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, Alzheimer's disease, depression, psychiatric disorders, osteoporosis, tendonitis, immunosuppression, AIDS, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, allergies, vitiligo, and seborrheic dermatitis. It is also used orally for thyrotoxicosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), multiple sclerosis, periodontal disease, tinnitus, hemorrhage, malignancy, and liver and kidney disease. Vitamin B12 is also used orally for aging, improving concentration, mood elevation, boosting energy, maintaining fertility, and protection against the toxins and allergens from tobacco smoke. Topically, a vitamin B12 nasal gel is applied for pernicious anemia and preventing and treating vitamin B12 deficiency. Parenterally, vitamin B12 is used for pernicious anemia and preventing and treating vitamin B12 deficiency. It is also used parenterally for tremor associated with shaky-leg syndrome or orthostatic tremor. Vitamin B12 is also used parenterally to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, thyrotoxicosis, hemorrhage, malignancy, and liver and kidney disease.
Vitamin C is used for preventing and treating scurvy; preventing deficiency in people with gastrointestinal diseases and those on chronic total parenteral nutrition or chronic hemodialysis; increasing iron absorption from the gastrointestinal tract; and increasing the healing rate of wounds, burns, fractures, ulcers, and pressure sores. It is used for urine acidification, treating idiopathic methemoglobinemia, correcting tyrosinemia in premature infants on high-protein diets, increasing iron excretion (in combination with deferoxamine), preventing and treating the common cold and other viral infections, tuberculosis, dysentery, furunculosis, hematuria, retinal hemorrhages, hemorrhagic states, and anemia. Vitamin C is also used orally for atherosclerosis, preventing vascular thrombosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, hypertension, lowering cholesterol, glaucoma, preventing cataracts, preventing gallbladder disease, dental caries, pyorrhea, gum infections, constipation, peptic ulcer, acne, dermatitis, improving immune function, hay fever, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, cystitis, prostatitis, infertility, and diabetes. It is also used orally for mental depression; cognitive impairment; stress; fatigue; attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); autism; collagen disorders; arthritis and bursitis; back pain and disc inflammation; cancer; osteogenesis imperfecta; improving physical endurance; reducing aging; heat prostration; for counteracting the side effects of cortisone and related drugs; aiding drug withdrawal in addiction; and treatment of levodopa, succinylcholine, and arsenic toxicity.
Topically, vitamin C is used for improving skin conditions, protecting against free radicals and pollutants, and photo-aged skin. It is also applied topically for ulcerative mucositis associated with radiation therapy.
In combination with vitamin K3, vitamin C is also used for treating prostate and breast cancers.
Parenterally, vitamin C is used for preventing and treating vitamin C deficiency and correcting tyrosinemia in premature infants on high-protein diets.
Vitamin E is used for replacement therapy in vitamin E deficiency, treating and preventing cardiovascular disease, including slowing atherogenesis and preventing heart attacks. It is used orally for angina, thrombophlebitis, intermittent claudication, hypertension, and preventing ischemia-reperfusion injury after coronary artery bypass surgery. Vitamin E is also used orally for treating diabetes and its complications. Vitamin E is used orally for preventing cancer, particularly lung and oral cancer in smokers; colorectal cancer and polyps; and gastric, prostate, and pancreatic cancer. Vitamin E is used orally for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, Parkinson's disease, night cramps, restless leg syndrome, and as an adjunct in the treatment of epilepsy. Vitamin E is also used orally for preventing pre-eclampsia in high-risk women, for improving physical endurance, increasing energy, preventing allergies, for asthma and infections, for protecting against negative effects of air pollution, preventing aging, preventing cataracts, and improving healing after photoreactive keratectomy. It is also used orally for inflammatory skin disorders, aging skinburns, cystic fibrosis, oral leukoplakia, premenstrual syndrome, habitual abortion, menopausal syndrome, hot flashes associated with breast cancer, infertility, impotence, chronic cystic mastitis, mammary dysplasia, peptic ulcers, porphyria, tardive dyskinesia, neuromuscular disorders, Huntington's chorea, chronic progressive hereditary chorea, and myotonic dystrophy. Additionally, vitamin E is used orally for preventing vitamin E deficiency in people with malabsorption syndromes or abetalipoproteinemia, treating hemolytic anemia caused by vitamin E deficiency in premature neonates, preventing retinopathy of prematurity, preventing bronchopulmonary dysplasia secondary to oxygen therapy in neonates, and preventing intraventricular hemorrhage in premature neonates. Vitamin E is used orally for correcting erythrocyte membrane abnormalities in people with beta-thalassemia, for hereditary spherocytosis, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency or sickle-cell anemia, treating anemia in conjunction with erythropoietin in people on dialysis, reducing doxorubicin-induced hair loss, reducing amiodarone-induced pulmonary toxicity, and for radiation-induced fibrosis. Vitamin E is also used orally to treat retinitis pigmentosa, osteoarthritis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in children, reduce muscle damage after exercise, and improve muscle strength.
Topically, vitamin E is used for dermatitis, aging skin, granuloma annulare, and protecting against skin ulceration caused by extravasation of chemotherapy drugs.
Zinc is used for treatment and prevention of zinc deficiency. It is also used orally for treating the common cold, recurrent ear infections, and preventing acute lower respiratory infections. Other oral uses include macular degeneration; night blindness; cataracts; diabetes; hypertension; AIDS; psoriasis; eczema; and acne. It is also used orally for anorexia nervosa, acute diarrhea in children with zinc deficiency, blunted sense of taste (hypogeusia), aphthous ulcers, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and peptic ulcers. Other oral uses include benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH); male and female infertility, male impotence; osteoporosis; rheumatoid arthritis; and muscle cramps in patients with cirrhosis. It is also used orally for sickle cell disease; thalassemia; Alzheimer's disease; Down syndrome; Wilson's disease; Hansen's disease; acrodermatitis enteropathica; necrolytic acral erythema; and delayed wound healing associated with zinc deficiency. Zinc is also used orally for improving athletic performance and strength; improving immune function; improving growth and health in zinc-deficient stunted children; tinnitus; and severe head injuries. It is also used orally and locally for parasitic infections.
Topically, zinc is used for treating acne, herpes simplex infections, resistant trichomonas infection, and speeding wound healing. Zinc citrate is used in toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent dental plaque formation and gingivitis.
Intranasally, zinc is used for treating the common cold.
Ophthalmically, zinc sulfate is used in products for eye irritation. Intravenously, zinc is used as a component of total parenteral nutrition and for improving outcomes in burn patients.
Abuta is used for acne, asthma, dog bites, snake bites, boils, bronchitis, burns, chills, cholera, colds, colic, convulsions, coughs, cystitis, delirium, diabetes, diarrhea, dropsy, dysentery, dyspepsia, erysipelas, and fertility in women. Abuta is also used orally for fevers, hematuria, hemorrhage, hypertension, itching, jaundice, leukorrhea, malaria, menorrhagia, nephritis, palpitation, parturition, purgative, rabies, rheumatism, sores, stimulating menstrual flow, stomachache, veneral diseases, wounds, a diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, styptic, tonic, for eye infections, nervous children, toothaches, and as an aphrodisiac.
Deer velvet is used to boost strength and endurance, for muscle aches and pains, to promote youthfulness, increase mental clarity, as an aphrodisiac, to treat sexual dysfunction, to boost estrogen and testosterone levels, to counter the effects of stress, to improve immune system functioning, and to promote rapid recovery from illness. It is used to improve fertility, for menstrual and menopause problems, to reduce hormone replacement therapy dose, to reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure, for liver and kidney disorders, to protect the liver from toxins, for migraines, asthma, indigestion, osteoporosis, and acne. It is also used for its anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties, as a source of growth factors IGR-1 & IGF-2, to stimulate production and circulation of blood, to increase blood count, and lower the level of free radicals.
In herbal combinations, deer velvet is used to improve athletic performance, for an anti-aging effect, arthritis and osteoporosis, anemia, gonadotropic disorders, gynecological disorders, skin conditions, tissue and bone rejuvenation. It is also used to increase mental capacity and performance, increase blood circulation to the brain, reduce early stages of muscular degeneration, to improve eyesight and hearing, to help PMS, impotence, and reduce stress.
In Chinese medicine, deer velvet is used to treat symptoms of impotence; cold extremities; soreness and weakness in the lower back and knees; leukorrhea; uterine bleeding; chronic skin ulcers; and frequent, copious, clear urination. It has also been used as a tonic for children with failure to thrive, mental retardation, learning disabilities, insufficient growth, or skeletal deformities including rickets.
In Korean medicine, deer velvet is used at the onset of winter to ward off infections.
Panax ginseng is used as a so-called "adaptogen" for increasing resistance to environmental stress and as a general tonic for improving well-being. It is also used for stimulating immune function; improving physical and athletic stamina; and improving cognitive function, concentration, memory, and work efficiency. It is also used orally for depression, anxiety, Pseudomonas infection in cystic fibrosis, irritated or inflamed tissues, and as a diuretic. Panax ginseng is also used orally for anemia, diabetes, gastritis, neurasthenia, impotence and male fertility, fever, hangover, and asthma. It is also used orally for bleeding disorders, loss of appetite, vomiting, colitis, dysentery, cancer, insomnia, neuralgia, rheumatism, dizziness, headache, convulsions, disorders of pregnancy and childbirth, hot flashes due to menopause, and to slow the aging process.
Topically, Panax ginseng is used as part of a multi-ingredient preparation for treating premature ejaculation.
In manufacturing, Panax ginseng is used to make soaps, cosmetics, and as a flavoring in beverages.
Licorice is used for gastric and duodenal ulcers, sore throat, bronchitis, chronic gastritis, colic, primary adrenocortical insufficiency, dry cough, arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and for bacterial and viral infections. It is also used for cholestatic liver disorders, hypokalemia, hypertonia, malaria, tuberculosis, abscesses, food poisoning, diabetes insipidus, and contact dermatitis.
Topically, licorice is used as a shampoo to reduce sebum secretion.
Intravenously, licorice components are used for treating hepatitis B and C.
In combination with Panax ginseng and Bupleurum falcatum, licorice is used orally to help stimulate adrenal gland function, particularly in patients with a history of long-term corticosteroid use. As a component of the herbal formula, Shakuyaku-Kanzo-To, licorice is used to increase fertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. In combination with seven other herbs, licorice is used in PC-SPES to treat prostate cancer.
Licorice is used as a flavoring in foods, beverages, and tobacco.
Maca is used for anemia; chronic fatigue syndrome; enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance and memory; female hormone imbalance, menstrual irregularities; enhancing fertility; menopause symptoms; stomach cancer; tuberculosis; as an aphrodisiac; for impotence; and as an immunostimulant.
For food uses, maca is eaten baked or roasted, prepared as a porridge, and used for making a fermented drink
Feverfew is used for fever, headache, prevention of migraine, and menstrual irregularities. It is also used for arthritis, psoriasis, allergies, asthma, tinnitus and vertigo, and nausea and vomiting. Feverfew is also used for infertility, anemia, cancer, common cold, earache, liver disease, prevention of miscarriage, muscular tension and orthopedic disorders, swollen feet, diarrhea, and dyspepsia including indigestion and flatulence.
Topically, feverfew is used for toothaches and as an antiseptic and insecticide. It is also used as a general stimulant and tonic and for intestinal parasites
Ashwagandha is used for arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, tumors, tuberculosis, and chronic liver disease. Ashwagandha is also used as a so-called "adaptogen," for increasing resistance to environmental stress, and as a general tonic. It is also used orally for immunomodulatory effects, improving cognitive function, decreasing inflammation, and preventing the effects of aging. Ashwagandha is also used orally for emaciation, infertility in men and women, menstrual disorders, and hiccups. It is also used orally as an aphrodisiac, and emmenagogue; and for treating asthma, leukoderma, bronchitis, backache, and arthritis.
Topically, ashwagandha is used for treating ulcerations, backache, and hemiplegia.
In folk medicine, apricot is used orally for hemorrhage, infertility, eye inflammation, spasm, and vaginal infections.
Historically, laetrile, the semi-synthetic derivative of amygdalin constituent, has been fraudulently acclaimed as a cancer treatment.
In manufacturing, apricot oil is used in cosmetics or as a vehicle for pharmaceutical preparations.
Chasteberry is used for menstrual irregularities including dysmenorrhea, secondary amenorrhea, metrorrhagia, oligomenorrhea, and polymenorrhea. Chasteberry is also used for symptoms of menopause and for symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) including mastalgia and other symptoms. It is also used orally for acne, female infertility, preventing miscarriage in patients with progesterone insufficiency, fibrocystic breasts, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), reducing sexual desire, and controlling postpartum bleeding and aiding expulsion of the placenta. Chasteberry is also used orally for increasing lactation, impotence and decreased libido, nervousness, dementia, rheumatic conditions, colds, and dyspepsia.
PABA (para-amino benzoic acid) is used for vitiligo, pemphigus, dermatomyositis, morphea, scleroderma, and Peyronie's disease. PABA is also used orally to treat female infertility, arthritis, anemia, rheumatic fever, constipation, disseminated systemic lupus erythematosus, lymphoblastoma cutis, and headaches. It is also used orally to darken gray hair, prevent hair loss, rejuvenate the skin, and prevent phototoxic reactions.
Topically, PABA is used as a sunscreen.
Progesterone is used for treating secondary amenorrhea, abnormal uterine bleeding associated with hormonal imbalance, treating severe symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and treating benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal. Oral progesterone preparations are also used in combination with estrogens as part of hormone replacement therapy to prevent irregular bleeding and the increased risk of endometrial carcinoma associated with estrogen monotherapy.
Topically, progesterone is used as an alternative to oral treatment as a component of hormone replacement therapy and for treating menopausal vasomotor symptoms. Topical progesterone is also used for treating or preventing hormone-mediated allergies, bloating, breast tenderness, decreased sex drive, depression, fatigue, fibrocystic breasts, headaches, hypoglycemia, increased blood clotting, infertility, irritability, memory loss, miscarriages, osteoporosis, premenopausal bone loss, symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, thyroid dysfunction, unclear thinking, uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, water retention, weight gain, and treating vulval lichen sclerosis. Intravaginally, progesterone is used for cervical ripening, mastodynia in women with benign breast disease, and to prevent and treat endometrial hyperplasia. Progesterone is also used intravaginally or intramuscularly for treating infertility in women, anovulatory bleeding, and treating symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).