When everything is working right, most couples can expect to become pregnant anywhere from the first time they have sex through a year and a half or even two years after they began trying to have a child of their own.
If you are asking yourself, “Why am I not getting pregnant?” and it hasn’t been at least one year since you began trying, it may be too soon to expect the result you are hoping for!
However, if you are worried about not being able to get pregnant, no matter how long you have been trying, doing what I talk about in this article will help you, too!
I know that may not be what you want to hear, but it’s the truth. However, if you truly believe that you should’ve gotten pregnant by now, I’m going to talk about what you can do “naturally” to provide an easy assist to the process.
But first, I’m going to review some of the common reasons that couples have difficulty becoming pregnant. And, I need to point out, that you need to know why you can’t become pregnant… if at all possible. This is something that conventional medicine can do quite well. However…
Are Conventional Medical Solutions to Infertility Dangerous?
I’ll be quite honest with you, most couples who are having difficulty getting pregnant consider conventional medicine to be the primary go-to when dealing with their situation. I strongly disagree with that approach, based upon scientific studies which have been conducted on conventional medical responses to infertility.
The fact of the matter is that those studies have repeatedly demonstrated that conventional medicine’s fertility treatments have an increased risk of ovarian cancer in the mother and/or birth defects in the child. I realize that a woman with ovarian cancer, if she’s vigilant and catches it early, has a decent chance of surviving the disease.
But what about your baby?
Is having your dream child really worth possibly condemning your child to a life of horrible deformity or crippling birth defects?
Please remember that that’s what the conventional medical establishment would recommend that you do.
Is the Fox In the Hen House?
Most couples who are using medically recommended solutions to infertility (generally fertility drugs and/or IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)) don’t realize how much money is spent in the infertility industry each year. The annual spend for conventional fertility treatments in the United States alone was reported to be approximately $2 billion dollars.
According to one study reported by About Health, the average cost of an IVF procedure, including expenses, was between $10,000 and $15,000. If the procedure is not successful, another study reported in About Health said that the average cost of an additional IVF Cycle was $6,955.
And, it’s generally not covered by insurance. However, About Health also reports that while most fertility clinics and doctors will not take insurance, some insurance policies may cover at least part of the expense, so read your medical insurance policy carefully.
The fox is in the hen house and your fertility specialist, to be quite frank about it, is the fox.
Now, I know that many people would say, “Oh come on, let’s be reasonable. It’s not that much worse than the statistics for individuals who just become pregnant normally.”
What does “worse” mean?
I’ve spent quite a bit of time evaluating and reviewing study results information about the role of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) such as IVF in birth defects. I found quite a bit of contradictory information which ran the gambit from there is no increase in live birth – birth defects due to ARTs through one study that reported a bit over 8% incidence of birth defects in a studied population.
However, the most reasonable figure that struck me as valid was that there is an increase of approximately 30% in the rate of birth defects due to ARTs over the birth defect rate of a population of natural live births.
That means that if there are 4 babies born with birth defects in a group of live births which had no infertility treatments, there would be slightly more than 5 babies born with birth defects in a corresponding population of live births produced as a result of ARTs such as IVF. Here’s a link to my article about Fertility drugs and infertility.
Many people might say “that’s not too bad.” Statistically speaking, some might even say that they’d be right.
But, what if one of the additional deformed babies is your child? What if the horribly deformed, profoundly retarded baby is your baby… You won’t think it’s “not too bad” anymore… you will think that it’s horrendously bad and you will have to live with your decision for the rest of your life.
What Makes You Not Able to Get Pregnant?
It’s largely irrelevant which partner is creating the situation.
Sometimes, both partners have infertility problems. So, I’m going to talk about both female and male causes of not being able to have a baby.
Reasons Females Have Difficulty Getting Pregnant.
Female infertility appears to be a significant factor in approximately 45% of couples who can’t get pregnant.
The major cause of female infertility is a medical condition called endometriosis. It occurs in roughly 30% of the infertility cases.
Endometriosis is a condition where the same type of tissue which lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus in the abdomen of the woman with the condition. Frequently, these growths occur in the region of the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
The exact cause of endometriosis is not clearly understood. Medical researchers and physicians suspect that it is caused by menstrual fluids which “leak” into the abdomen instead of being normally discharged during a woman’s monthly period. In the case of women who develop endometriosis, the thinking is that the discharge “backs up” into the fallopian tubes and then migrates to other regions of the abdominal cavity causing adhesions, blockages and fibroid tumors.
Most people don’t realize it, but in the region of the ovaries, the fallopian tubes are more like a channel than a tube per se. And because of that, they are somewhat open to the abdominal cavity. Thus, it is not tremendously difficult for something passing from an ovary into the fallopian tube to end up in the wrong place. As a side note: this is why a pregnancy outside of the uterus in the abdominal cavity (called an ectopic pregnancy) can occur but it is usually caused by blockages and adhesions resulting from endometriosis or violent trauma to the region of an ovary or a tube which causes a structural malformation.
The two major treatments for endometriosis are surgery and hormonal therapies.
Surgery can be quite effective in removing misplaced tissue growths which can cause blockages and other abnormalities such as adhesions. The misplaced tissue frequently will occur in the fallopian tubes and in the area of the ovaries but it does sometimes “migrate” away from that region and grow in the abdominal cavity.
Natural treatments can also be used when dealing with endometriosis. Natural approaches, using holistic methods, have been reported as being quite successful.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Technically, this is an ovulation problem. However, the incidence of PCOS in our population is high enough that it needs to be dealt with separately.
PCOS is caused by hormonal imbalance. This imbalance results in the development of many small cysts in the ovaries, instead of the growth and release of mature eggs for fertilization.
Natural, holistic methods seem to have a dramatic effect when the cause of infertility may be the result of prolonged nutritional deficiencies. One of the well-known side effects of nutritional deficiencies is hormonal imbalance which is the cause of PCOS.
Ovulation problems are conditions which interfere with the normal release of mature eggs from a woman’s ovaries. The causes of these conditions are primarily hormonal in nature. However, they may be a side effect of abnormal tissue growth due to endometriosis.
Treatment options using conventional medical approaches are primarily fertility drug or IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) related.
Ovulation problems will generally respond to holistic methods. However, if the cause of this problem is sterility (i.e. the female partner has no eggs, or there is a mechanical problem in the external layers of the ovary which will not permit the release of eggs), natural methods will probably not be effective.
Fortunately, most ovulation problems are hormonal in nature, and consequently will frequently respond to natural, holistic methods.
Poor/Bad Egg Quality
Another cause of infertility in women is bad egg quality. A certain percentage of women will have either physical damage to the ovaries due to trauma, which causes either no eggs or abnormal eggs to be released, or who have genetic issues which cause the development of a fetus that can’t live.
Another cause of poor egg quality is age. The probability of a woman becoming pregnant after the age of 35 decreases rapidly, no matter what technique is used.
Studies and related literature report that after the age of 35, the probable ability of experiencing a live birth, utilizing IVF or other conventional medical procedures reduces at the rate of approximately 6% for each passing year.
By the time the woman reaches the age of 42, she has a less than 15% likelihood of ever becoming pregnant… Even using conventional medical treatments like fertility drugs combined with IVF.
Please note that different authorities report slightly different statistics. But, the bottom line is that the older you are, the more difficult you will find it to become pregnant… no matter what approach you use!
Bad egg quality is an area where natural approaches to fertility begin to excel… Especially when the poor egg quality is clearly caused by the age of the female partner.
However, age is not the only factor which may cause the development and release of nonviable eggs.
Other factors which seem to be clearly implicated in the area of bad egg production are nutritional and environmental toxicity issues.
Correction of nutritional deficiencies have been reported to produce dramatic, miracle pregnancies.
Some speculate that poor egg quality may be a major cause of nonspecific-infertility.
In my opinion, anecdotal experience has suggested that nutritional deficiencies are frequently the cause of nonspecific infertility. What that means is that it may be possible to increase viability of the female partner’s eggs by correcting her diet.
Other Causes of Female Infertility
Some other causes of female infertility are:
Antroverted Uterus – the uterus leans forward in such a fashion that a crease forms above the cervix effectively blocking the sperm from moving into and through the uterus and entering the fallopian tubes where the mother’s egg will be fertilized. A normal uterus will be slightly antroverted 75% of the time.
Overly Thick Cervical Mucus – the mucus in the region of the cervix is too thick to thin properly to allow passage of sperm into the uterus from the vagina during the fertile period in a woman’s monthly cycle.
Blockages to the Fallopian Tubes – blockages may be the result of endometriosis, sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia, tied tubes (tubal ligation), pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and many other causes.
Mechanical difficulties, depending on the kind, may or may not respond well to natural solutions to other female infertility issues.
Non-Specific Infertility – Sometimes medical science doesn’t know why you can’t get pregnant. When that happens, doctors label you with this diagnosis if you and your partner have no detectible reason for not being able to get pregnant. Basically they are writing you off as being hopelessly unable to become pregnant.
Are Males Ever the Cause of a Couple’s Infertility?
The main causes of male infertility are:
Some men have antibodies that kill their own sperm. This condition can be caused by any number of things such as infection or trauma (vasectomy, testicular torsion where the testicles become twisted inside the scrotal sac, or an accident which permanently damages the testicles).
Natural fertility methods may be effective but, if they are, it will usually be combined with conventional surgical solutions. See your physician for advice and recommendations! Once any damage has been repaired, then natural methods may help your body heal itself so that you and your partner can get pregnant.
Occasionally, there are blockages that occur in the tract between testicles where sperm is made and stored and the end of the penis where the sperm in its semen carrier (seminal fluid) leaves the man’s body and enters the woman’s vagina. These blockages may be caused by a vasectomy, genetic problems which cause badly formed tubes/structures in the tract to develop, tumors or physical damage due to accidents.
This is another problem that you will need to see a licensed physician about before you proceed. As I understand it, blockages will generally require surgical intervention before any attempt is made to get pregnant naturally when a blockage is involved.
There is a condition called varicocele in which the veins in the scrotum are too large. When a man has this condition, the extra blood in the veins tends to increase the temperature in the testicles. That in turn kills or damages the sperm to the point that they are not able to fertilize the egg.
While this is a physical structure issue, Mayo Clinic indicates that sometimes this condition is surgically correctable. I seriously doubt whether Pregnancy Miracle Program will be effective if you have this condition. But, if conventional medicine can deal with your condition surgically, there is a good chance that natural methods such as are taught in “The Pregnancy Miracle” will prove to be effective.
Sperm Quality Issues
Sperm quality issues will make it difficult, if not impossible, for a man’s sperm to find and fertilize an egg.
The major sperm quality issues are:
- Weak or under active sperm – When the male partner has this problem, his sperm are not strong enough to move from the vagina, through the cervix, cross the uterus and find the egg. The female partner’s egg is usually fertilized in the fallopian tube. This problem is called sperm motility or mobility by doctors.The man’s sperm will be tested to determine which of the motility groups his sperm belongs to.
- Low sperm counts – The man’s testicles do not produce enough sperm to cause a pregnancy. Or, because of blockages, vasectomies, improperly reversed vasectomies or genetic/previous disease-related factors, the male partner is unable to place enough sperm into his partner’s vagina that at least one sperm can survive the arduous journey through the woman’s reproductive tract, encounter the egg and fertilize it.
- Misshapen sperm – If the male partner’s sperm have improperly shaped heads it may not be able to penetrate the egg if they can actually find it. Also, poor tail structure or shape will cause motility problems (see above) that make it impossible for sperm to get close enough to the egg to fertilize it before it becomes nonviable (can no longer be fertilized).
Natural methods have been shown to work well with at least some of these issues. I suggest that you check out Lisa Olson’s Pregnancy Miracle Product before you make any decisions.
Unknown Fertility Issues
Sometimes a couple will not be able to get pregnant, no matter how frequently they have sex or how carefully they time their sexual activities to the woman’s natural rhythm. When this happens, it may be caused by the man or the woman or both.
This is usually referred to as “non-specific infertility.” Conventional medical treatments are ineffective in these cases.
Usually, when you have been categorized as having “non-specific infertility,” conventional medicine is writing you off.
Lisa Olson’s book, Pregnancy Miracle, talks about what she and her husband did to overcome their “non-specific infertility” diagnosis. You can check out what she says about it before you buy by clicking here…
A Natural Solution to Infertility
Since Lisa Olson’s Pregnancy Miracle program was introduced almost a decade ago, at least 137,000 couples have become pregnant using the program she pioneered. These were couples many of whom, if not most, were completely written off by the conventional medical industry which formally declared that they couldn’t have children.
And, Lisa was the “band leader,” so to speak. She was her method’s first success story. Lisa finally became pregnant in her early 40s after many, many years of trying. Finally, even though her fertility doctor “Officially” declared that she would never have a child of her own, Lisa gave birth to not just one, but two healthy babies, a boy and a girl, while in her early- and mid-40s.
I’ve reviewed her product and actually own a copy of her book and, in spite of the fact that it’s almost 300 pages long, I’ve read it from cover to cover. You can check out my review of her book here at WeJustGottaGetPregnant.com. Or, you can “cut to the chase” and watch Lisa’s informative, non-technical video where she tells you all about her product and explains how you can join the thousands of success stories reported by couples who became pregnant using her method.
Just click the book cover below to find out how you and your spouse can join the more than 137,000 other couples who were able to have a normal, healthy baby thru Lisa Olson’s Pregnancy Miracle Program.