Trying to overcome infertility can mentally, emotionally and physically overwhelm or exhaust a couple.
Trying for a baby takes energy, effort, dedication, hope, patience, and waiting. When a couple is infertile, this can be a rollercoaster of extremes -- high hopes, steep pitfalls.
The additional stress caused by infertility certainly doesn't help the situation. Or the mood...
Couples should never be afraid to seek professional help and support of several varieties as they try to conceive. It may be most beneficial to do this before the mental, emotional and/or physical burnout occurs or adds stress that complicates or otherwise increase the challenge.
Infertility can be a complex, multi-layered issue, not usually fixed overnight. Infertility resulting from internal imbalance often took a number of years to develop -- and logically, the body may need a bit of time to right and repair itself.
The good news is -- many couples can and do get through infertile periods.
Trying a holistic approach to healing infertility first always has bonuses -- implementing changes that naturally promote and support the optimal function of our body is always a win for us and our health. It's also a win for the baby that is conceived -- it ensures the healthiest possible environment for his/her full fetal development and journey through birth.
10 NATURAL BOOSTS FOR INFERTILE COUPLES
- Talk with your spouse - frequently, and in detail, about this challenge. Communication, support, and tackling this issue together is vital to a couple's continued cohesion.
- Seek hope + support (emotional, spiritual, mental) - from your spouse, family, church community, friends, other couples who've struggled with similar issues.
- Seek out a range of health professional(s) - doctors, specialists, nutritionists, supportive therapists, complementary + alternative practitioners.
- Clean up your food - both spouses would be wise to eliminate and avoid processed foods, chemicals, and adrenal and liver imbalancing foods like sugar, alcohol + caffeine. It's worth getting yourself checked for food allergies/sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies.
- Learn to track your cycles and signs of natural fertility - like your basal body temperatures and mucus. These will not only tell you if you're ovulating and when to engage in intercourse (without exhausting yourself by overdoing it), but they can also point to specific issues affecting fertility. Have your charts looked over by a health professional familiar with fertility charting.
- Exercise, but don't overexercise - this can drain resources required for sex hormone production, due to the body's priority in responding to the need to manufacture adrenaline/cortisol instead of progresterone and other sex hormones also derived from pregnenalone. Non-intense walking, biking, weight training and stretching are great fertility-supportive exercises for females and males.
- Get more regular sleep - both spouses need the parasympathetic mode of sleep that gives the body's organs a break and the time necessary for rest, repair + renewal.
- Get a full hormonal workup - both spouses may benefit from getting their thyroid, adrenal, sex hormones + insulin/blood sugar tested.
- Seek help for deeper struggles - get help for addiction, disordered eating, marital issues, low libido, depression, anxiety or other conditions that may be contributing significant stress on one or both spouses.
- Take extra good care of yourself - reduce + manage stress and worry. Play, meditate, be grateful for each other. Find enjoyable activities, but don't overburden yourself with constant tasks, social engagements, or overwork.
Periods of infertility can be incredibly difficult times for couples. Sometimes all that can be done, today, is to accept the challenge while seeking answers, solutions + options.
Just don't forget to live and enjoy your life, too. :)