Infertility affects an ever-increasing number of couples, and although IVF treatment is available to many people, physical abnormalities must be addressed to improve the chances of conception. Thyroid disorders, hormonal imbalances, PCOS, pollutants, stress, nutritional inadequacies, poor diet, and insulin resistance are all common causes of infertility from a functional medicine perspective. There might be various causes for this, so it’s good to test many locations to ensure that you don’t overlook anything that should be supported. To get to the necessary tests, click on the links below.
Infertility and nutrition
The body requires enough nutrition to become pregnant and calories, fat, and protein. If you don’t get enough nutrients, it’s sometimes due to a lack of consumption but as frequently due to poor nutrient absorption, which happens in celiac disease. Celiac disease can be diagnosed at any age; however, it can also be traced as genetically caused and triggered by stress factors. Iron, zinc, and B12 are all required for fertility. In addition, folic acid is another vital nutrient that should be supplemented to avoid problems such as neural tube defects.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also crucial, although they are primarily essential for the fetus and pregnant woman since they help to prevent fetal development and birth abnormalities. It’s something to think about while maintaining a proper balance, as omega-3 is typically measured separately from omega-6 fatty acids and then compared with each other.
Infertility and insulin resistance
Insulin resistance can also result from an unhealthy diet, which can negatively impact many bodily processes that affect fertility. Therefore, it’s critical to check your blood sugar levels regularly, and if they’re out of whack, you need to make some modifications to your eating habits.
Thyroid and infertility
The thyroid gland’s regular operation also has a significant impact on fertility. Our advice is to measure TSH, T4, and T3 and TPO-ak and TG-ak as antibodies are significant even if the rest of the thyroid test results are promising. Approximately 30% of individuals who suffer from TPO-ak or TG-ak have gluten sensitivity. You can check for classic celiac disease using IgA testing. Still, you may also test for a less severe form of gluten sensitivity via IgG testing, which is possible with our food intolerance 80 test. This implies that you may have been diagnosed as having celiac disease by your doctor, but you may still be sensitive to gluten in a lesser way, which is typical in autoimmune diseases.
Infertility and hormones
The sex hormones are the next component that must be in good working order. We now live in an estrogen-dominant society because of so-called xenoestrogens, such as environmental pollutants that mimic estrogen and disrupt the hormonal system. Most women have ever had menstrual cramps or PMS, suggesting a hormonal imbalance. You’ll need a basal thermometer, an ovulation predictor kit (OPK), and anti-fungal cream. Start by checking your estrogen and progesterone levels. You should also measure testosterone and DHEA if you have issues like PCOS. It’s best to check the hormones as soon as possible since they take time to adjust and balance.
Infertility and toxins
Heavy metals, in addition to pollutants, can cause problems. In particular, in women who have severe menstrual issues or are exhausted (etc.), an underlying heavy metal poisoning might be present. Of course, any toxins stored in the body must first be eliminated before pregnancy, so they do not pass on to the fetus.
Infertility and stress
Stress is another factor to consider. Of course, it’s preferable to react as soon as possible to stress, but if it’s been going on for a while, the cortisol level can be raised first so that we can better deal with stress and then lowered when we enter a weary or exhausted state. Cortisol levels can vary considerably, so it is essential to check them to ensure that you are not incorrectly treating patients.
Do you need help to choose the right test for you? If you still feel unsure you can contact us by email or chat, we are happy to help. Sometimes several tests needs to be done to really find the root cause of the problem. Some of our most popular tests are the Gut Microbiome tests and the Hormone panels for men and women.