I’ve noticed a lot of my female clients and friends have a history of miscarriage or trouble getting pregnant. I feel like this is becoming more and more common so I started researching what are the root causes of infertility. In fact according to the CDC, about 12% of women ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. The Mayo Clinic also states that about 10-20% (or higher) of known pregnancies could result in miscarriage.
What are causes of infertility and miscarriage?
1. PCOS – High levels of androgens such as DHEA and/or testosterone can affect fertility.
2. Estrogen Dominance – Elevated levels of estrogen causes low progesterone levels affecting fertility.
3. Luteal phase defect – This is a shortened luteal phase (phase after ovulation) due to low progesterone which can cause miscarriage and prevent pregnancy.
4. Hypothyroidism – Women who have normal thyroid hormones, can be subclinical low thyroid meaning they can still have symptoms of Hypothryoidism. Low thyroid hormone can affect release of egg during ovulation, cause luteal phase defect, high prolactin, or imbalance in sex hormones.
5. Stress – Stress causes release of cortisol. When too much too much cortisol is released and is sustained for long periods of time, it takes away from the production of sex hormones which can affect fertility. Check out my blog post about stress & hormonal imbalance.
6. Genetics – MTHFR mutation results in lower levels of folate and B12 which can result in miscarriage or birth defects. Another mutation of a gene that I didn’t mention in the video called GST/GPX, can affect your body’s ability to detox which in turn can cause infertility and pregnancy complications.
7. Long term use of Birth Control Pills – BCPs increase SHBG which binds up free sex hormones. Low sex hormones including testosterone can cause infertility.
8. Intestinal inflammation – Intestinal inflammation causes bad bacteria to release endotoxins which then cause inflammation in the endometrium (lining if the uterus).
9. Toxins – Endocrine disrupting chemicals such as BPA, Parabens, Phthalates, and Triclosan which can cause elevated estrogens. Another blog to check out is about toxins & hormonal imbalance.
If you’re having trouble getting pregnant or history of miscarriage, contact us to help you figure out the root cause and guide you on ways to nourish your body for a healthy pregnancy.
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