What is Infertility?
Infertility is the inability of a person, animal or plant to reproduce by natural means.
In humans, infertility may describe a woman who is unable to conceive as well as being unable to carry a pregnancy to full term. There are many biological and other causes of infertility, including some that medical intervention can treat. Estimates from 1997 suggest that worldwide “between three and seven per cent of all couples or women have an unresolved problem of infertility. Many more couples, however, experience involuntary childlessness for at least one year: estimates range from 12% to 28%.”
- 20-30% of infertility cases are due to male infertility,
- 20-35% are due to female infertility,
- 25-40% are due to combined problems in both partners.
- In 10-20% of infertility cases, no cause is found.
Common Causes of Infertility
- The most common cause of female infertility is ovulatory problems which generally manifest themselves by sparse or absent menstrual periods.
- Male infertility is most commonly due to deficiencies in the semen, and semen quality is used as a surrogate measure of male fecundity.
Women who are fertile experience a natural period of fertility before and during ovulation, and they are naturally infertile during the rest of the menstrual cycle. Fertility awareness methods are used to discern when these changes occur by tracking changes in cervical mucus or basal body temperature.
How can Barefoot Medicine Help?
Here at Barefoot Medicine, in addition to our complementary therapies and natural medicines, we also help with Unexplained Infertility and IVF Support.
We run a three step programme to support your body in becoming as fertile as possible. All steps are the same whether it is the man or woman who is experiencing infertility difficulties, although step one should be followed by both partners as your own nutrition governs the quality of your reproductive organs.
Please find some links to the three pages that explain our three step infertility programme: