In addition to herbs, there is an all-natural approach you may wish to discuss with your physician. In fact, it's directly aligned with the earth's most readily available natural medication: food. According to the Harvard Mental Health Letter, a study of 18,000 women out of the Nurses' Health Study points to a healthy approach to fertility and well-being, including a diet that highlights the following strategies:
- Relying on vegetable protein over meat
- Choosing whole milk over skim
- Seeking out iron from plant products
- Sticking to water as your beverage-of-choice over sodas
- Taking a multivitamin with folic acid
Before a woman changes her eating habits, though, it's important to remember that infertility isn't a women's-only club. In fact, the Mayo Clinic states that 20 percent of infertility cases result from male infertility alone, and 30 to 40 percent result from fertility issues of both the male and female. Have no fear, though. There are all-natural fertility treatment options out there for men, too.
Let's look at a few examples from Dr. Gallenberg for the Mayo Clinic, who discusses coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), L-carnitine and vitamin E. Gallenberg, who is also quick to remind us that herbal treatments aren't regulated by the FDA and can interact with other medications, mentions these options as a few that have been involved in limited studies.
For example, she mentions that some research shows that coenzyme Q10 may help pump up a man's sperm count and the sperm's motility, even if additional research is needed. For L-carnitine, Gallenberg refers to one study that connected it with getting that sperm moving when combined with another amino acid, acetyl-L-carnitine. And what about vitamin E? One study has shown that vitamin E could have a hand in helping men with low sperm counts increase their chances of impregnating their partners, while other studies report this may not be true [source: Gallenberg].
Even though the full verdict is out on all-natural fertility drugs, that doesn't mean they shouldn't be a part of the conversation with your physician. You never know how your own scenario will play out, and it can be hard to ignore a tactic that's been in use for centuries. With professional guidance, men and women can approach their infertility challenges with eyes open to the options before them -- including those coming from the ground.
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