Mechanical Infertility “ROOT” Causes
For the sake of clarity, I need to emphasize that it would be virtually impossible to come up with all of the different things which can interact and result in mechanical-type fertility-related problems in your body.
However, I have summarized those things that are mechanical problems which can affect your fertility into 4 different “root” cause groups.
In a given case of mechanical infertility, any or all of the following may be involved:
- An illness or disease, such as adhesions/blockages caused by endometriosis, misalignment or decreased biochemical functionality due to anorexia, misalignment or blockages/swelling caused by bulimia, etc.
- Surgical procedures, such as a tubal ligation, a hysterectomy or a vasectomy.
- A trauma, such as a serious accident or a violent, physical attack. Or,
- A birth defect, which may or may not be genetic in origin. Some accidents can cause lifelong problems to a pregnant woman’s baby which may seriously compromise the baby’s adult self’s ability to become pregnant or to carry the baby to term. Or, in a male, compromise his ability to get a woman pregnant.
Normally, however, a baby’s birth defect is either genetic, environmental or nutritional in origin.
Some of the conditions might be caused by multiple things such as a genetic-based disease which results in chronic inflammation and because of that produces significant scarring and related mechanical problems. In those cases, when I talk about a specific condition, I will arbitrarily place it in the group that makes it easiest for me to discuss.
Illness or Disease
Any number of diseases or illnesses can result in temporary, long-term, or permanent infertility.
Inflammation and Swelling
Inflammation and swelling sometimes accompany many illnesses and diseases. Personally, I believe that one of the main causes of chronic, human infertility is inflammation and accompanying swelling.
Not only does inflammation provide a poor substrate over which a human egg or a human sperm (spermatozoa) will have trouble moving, if they are not moving in fluid at the time that the inflammation and/or swelling are encountered, the swelling component which often accompanies inflammation may block, shrink or misalign various critical relationships in the reproductive tract.
According to medical authorities, such as the Mayo Clinic, inflammation of the fallopian tubes (salpingitis) and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) are both significant examples of inflammation/swelling related causes of infertility in women.
John Hopkins Medicine lists infectious diseases or inflammatory conditions such as mumps as causes of male infertility.
Infertility can be caused by both male and female conditions
There are many reasons for mechanical infertility. And, they can be present in either or both sexual partners.
Just a few of the many illnesses and diseases which are known causes of male infertility are:
- Prostatitis, especially chronic – will cause damage to the tract followed by the semen (the liquid) the sperm swims in during ejaculation.
- Genital Infections, such as might be caused by an STD, or other serious infection.. may cause any of several anatomically related problems… Especially, if they are chronic or repetitive.
- Alcoholism and other compulsive drug-abuse related behaviors. Normally, these are psychological illnesses which may have a genetic tendency to drug abuse and related behaviors.
- Mumps – Normally results in the inability to produce spermatozoa (sperm) but associated inflammation and swelling may at times cause structural problems also.
And, just like with the man, a woman can have different disease and illness related problems which will cause her to be infertile. Here are a few of them:
- PID – Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Various infections or disease conditons causing inflammations such as Salpingitis (inflammation of the fallopian tubes) or Hydrosalpnix (the fallopian tube is blocked at both ends and fluid collects in the tube). Much of the infertility caused by infectious diseases and “abdominal-centric” illness such as colitis or appendicitis cause inflammation which in turn may result in scarring.
- Cancer can create blockages and the harsh treatments for cancer such as Chemotherapy, Radiation or Surgery can really mess things up.
Please note that many of the diseases causing infertility in women are actually genetic- or nutritionally-based diseases and will be dealt with below.
All of the things that I have talked about in this section can or will sometimes result in mechanical infertility problems due to illness or disease.
Surgical procedures are one of the leading causes of mechanical infertility. Some of them are voluntary such as vasectomy (the tube through which the sperm passes in the man’s reproductive system is interrupted or blocked). And some of them are the result of life-saving or significant corrective procedures that must be taken.
I will discuss 3 of the major voluntary surgical, fertility-related surgeries below.
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that some men decide to undergo as a permanent form of birth control. It is normally done only to an adult male. In a vasectomy the male’s “tubes,” if you will, are tied, cut, cauterized or blocked in some other way so that it will be impossible for the sperm to be deposited in the woman’s vagina during intercourse. Read more at “What is a vasectomy?”
A tubal ligation a voluntary birth control measure that some women decide to do because they want to have permanent birth control. This procedure is normally done for only two reasons: 1) to allow freedom of sexual activity to avoid pregnancy; and, 2) to prevent pregnancy in order to avoid serious physical consequence that might occur due to a previous injury, illness or disease. A tubal ligation is the same as having your fallopian “tubes tied.” You can read more about the tubal ligation surgical procedure here.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that is usually done to terminate some disease process (such as cancer or precancer) or eliminate the effects of damage to the reproductive area. Hysterectomies may be just one of several options available to deal with a condition such as a prolapsed uterus (collapsed uterus), fibroid tumor removal or EXTREMELY heavy menstrual periods.
There are also reasons to have a hysterectomy that are absolute medical necessities.
Discuss the need for a hysterectomy with your physician. Make sure you get down to the “nitty-gritty” in your discussion… Make sure it is really what you want to do… A hysterectomy is irreversible!
There are 3 types of hysterectomies:
- A Partial Hysterectomy – only the uterus is removed.
- A Total Hysterectomy – the uterus and the cervix are removed.
- A Radical Hysterectomy – the uterus, the cervix and the upper part of the vagina are removed. This procedure is extremely rare and normally is only done in highly critical situations since female sexual activity and not just fertility is also adversely affected.
Removal of fibroid tumors is called a myomectomy.
In the event you have had a hysterectomy, Pregnancy Miracle WILL NOT HELP YOU GET PREGNANT!
If you have had a hysterectomy, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) may be able to help by harvesting your eggs (if you have ovaries and are not in or through menopause, yet), performing IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) procedure using your partner’s sperm, and then implanting the fertilized eggs after the right number of cell divisions into the uterus of a volunteer mother (called a surrogate mother). Usually multiple eggs are harvested and implanted.
Discuss your individual situation with your physician to learn more about your options.
Of course, there are many other surgical situations and related complications which could cause mechanical infertility. Consult your physician for information concerning your personal condition.
Anything that happens to an individual (male or female) that is physically violent such as a blow, a kick, an accident or a fall that results in damage to a reproductively important tissue or organ may cause mechanical infertility. Violent injuries to glands (such as the pituitary or the hypothalamus glands) which are involved in the human fertility/reproductive process and which causes the gland to malfunction in such a fashion that the cycle or process involved will be interrupted resulting in infertility can, for the purposes of this discussion, be considered mechanical infertility.
Sometimes, the damage may be correctable or reversible by surgery or normal healing action of the individual’s body. Consult your physician to find out more about your individual situation.
A Birth Defect
In the mechanical infertility area, some birth defects may cause mechanical infertility-related problems and some won’t.
Simple anatomical problems like an antroverted or a retroverted uterus are genetic but are easily correctable, in many cases, by relatively minor surgery.
Some problems like missing or malformed ovaries or testicles or related structures can’t be helped.
I hate to keep saying this but consult your fertility specialist or personal physician to find out more.
Will Pregnancy Miracle Help Your Situation?”
In many cases, if the cause of your mechanical infertility is correctable by conventional modern medicine, then Pregnancy Miracle will PROBABLY help you get pregnant after the problem has been corrected and whatever was done to fix the issue has healed and/or the course of treatment has been completed successfully.
Check with your physician to determine the safety of Pregnancy Miracle in your situation. Then click the book cover below:
Behavioral Issues That Are Fairly Easy To Correct
There are some behavioral issues that are actually quite easy to correct. Here are a few of them!
Too Much Sex
The frequency of sexual activity is extremely important in the overall fertility environment. This problem is not on the female side, rather it’s exclusively a male-related issue. What happens is that it is possible to create a sperm count reduction if you have too much sex. The whole process of the human reproductive cycle is dependent upon at least one sperm (properly called a spermatozoa) getting to the egg to fertilize it.
Having a high sperm count is super important (one ejaculation can have 280 million or more spermatozoa in it) to ensuring that at least one healthy sperm will find the egg successfully. The male’s body stores sperm in the testicles. If sex occurs too frequently, the quantity of sperm available in each ejaculation (cumming) may be insufficient to ensure enough sperm are present in the woman to successfully fertilize the woman’s egg.
If only a few sperm successfully navigate into the fallopian tube which contains the unfertilized egg after intercourse, there is less chance that a viable sperm will find the egg in time to fertilize it.
On the other hand, if a thousand or ten thousand sperm make their way into the vicinity of the unfertilized egg after sexual intercourse, the probability that a sperm will successfully find the unfertilized egg is greatly improved.
Fertilization is highly time dependent, so even if the egg is successfully fertilized, if it’s too late in the menstrual cycle, the zygote (fertilized egg) which has by now divided several times and has now formed what is called a blastula will not be able to successfully attach to the uterine wall on days 6-7 after conception in time to stop the woman’s period from occurring.
When this timing problem occurs the process of menses (the woman’s period) will have already begun and eventually the blastula will be spontaneously aborted as part of the menstrual flow.
A major, infertility-causing problem that many couples have is mistimed sex. The reproductive cycle in human beings is extremely time dependent. Some of the “event windows” are a day or two at most and if the window of opportunity is missed, conception will not occur.
If sex is too early, the egg may not be ready when the sperm arrive in the fallopian tubes.
If sex is too late, the blastula (the form the fertilized egg should be in to implant properly in the wall of the uterus) will be sloughed off with the lining of the wall of the uterus (called the endometrium) during the woman’s period.
Some authorities believe that the increased tensions and fast-paced world that we live in today may be a major contributing factor to stress-induced infertility. An article in Web M.D. reports that stress is a major factor contributing to approximately 30% or more of the infertility cases encountered in conventional medicine. And it is believed that the percentage of infertility cases attributable to stress is increasing as our daily lives become more and more hectic and complex.
Some physicians believe that stress results in excess, chronic production of various hormones, which interfere with the human reproductive process. Recent research has begun to show how that happens.
It’s very clear that the relationship exists between stress and infertility because when stress is removed from an infertile couple’s lives, frequently conception is the result.
Some forms of stress are easy to fix… like the old, 1960s song by Paul Simon says “slow down, you move too fast…”. Other causes of stress can be a lot harder to fix; especially when they are emotionally based.
Behavioral Issues That Are NOT So Easy To Correct
There are many behaviors that humans exhibit that will contribute to infertility. Most of them are really hard to eliminate from our lives. This is because they are rooted in obsessive/compulsive behaviors which are extremely difficult to overcome.
Here are just some of them…
All forms of tobacco use are known to contribute to infertility. If you are a smoker, stop smoking. Studies have shown that the sperm counts of men who stop smoking increase by as much as 800%. Not only does smoking cause some horrible diseases, it also seriously interferes with the biochemistry of the smoker’s body.
Overeating/Lack of Exercise
Overeating as well as lack of exercise both contribute to obesity and an unhealthy body environment.
NOTE: Obesity is NOT a few pounds overweight. Click the link to find out more. It is a serious medical condition that needs to be addressed by a physician. If you suspect you may be or are becoming obese, see your physician.
Because of the psychological nature of both of the causes I mentioned above, obesity tends to be a chronic condition. Also, it produces inflammation. Chronic inflammation will cause hormonal and other biochemical issues in the body and those things may contribute to infertility.
Plus, as weight increases, fat tissue will sometimes block or dislocate important anatomical relationships which are necessary to make human fertility work properly.
Recreational Use of Drugs and other Narcotics
There are many “recreational drugs” in use today. One which has been extensively studied is marijuana (cannabis). Use of marijuana (pot) or street drugs and many prescription drugs by males and females will adversely affect fertility. Take that link to find out more.
Obsessive/Compulsive Stress Causing Behaviors
There are a number of behaviors that many people just plain can not control which is why I call them obsessive behaviors. And, believe it or not, human beings can actually become “addicted” to the adrenaline produced during times of stress and/or high energy expenditure, which is why I categorize those related behaviors as compulsive.
The presence of adrenaline is part of the “Fight or Flight” survival response in people. While it provides an extra energy boost for most people which is meant to help them get out of dangerous situations successfully, it also signals the body that “now” is not a good time to reproduce!
Because of that, progesterone, one of the “command and control” sex hormones, will be blocked from performing its fertility functions. Also, the pituitary gland will be stimulated to release more of the hormone prolactin which causes infertility.
In addition, stress causes the stress hormones such as cortisol to be released. Ultimately, this results in reduced sperm counts in males and failure to mature and release eggs in the female. It also tends to reduce the libido (desire to have sex).
Some people are addicted to physical activity related to exercise. Sometimes this is the result of psychological problems such as a pathological desire to be slender or muscular. Other times it is the result of an addiction to the adrenaline produced when they exercise. When excessive, exercise will result in reduced fertility.
Incompatible couples with deep psychological/spiritual woundings will often fight uncontrollably. These aggressive confrontations are hard if not impossible to eliminate without professional help. The combatants become addicted to both the psychological emotional tension release as well as the adrenaline rush which occurs during violent emotional confrontations.
As I have stated above the adrenaline and the stress hormones will cause infertility.
Will Pregnancy Miracle Be Able To Help You Conceive?
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If you believe that stress or some other behavioral issue may be causing you and your partner’s inability to conceive, you owe it to yourself to check out what Lisa says about how she and her husband were able to overcome their “nonspecific infertility” diagnosis over 10 years and thousands of satisfied Pregnancy Miracle customers ago.
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