Terminology has a powerful impact on our emotions, and by definition the word “Infertility” has a negative connotation, that evokes a similar emotional state of mind. . In most cases, Missed Conceptions” is a much more appropriate term.
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How Does Chronic Stress Effects Fertility
Nonstop pressure and chronic stress may have a significant effect on fertility and prevent some men and women from getting pregnant
Dr. Sarah Berga, of Emory University School of Medicine, who has studied the impact of stress on fertility for years, says that while humans are designed to deal with a certain amount of stress, chronic stress may prevent women from ovulating. You can’t fool your brain. If you're under-eating, overworking and over exercising, the hypothalamus is, in essence, keeping a running tally of what you're doing," "Even though you can say to yourself, 'I'm not stressed.' Your hypothalamus may come up with a different answer."
Nutrition And Fertility
A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that a number of environmental and dietary factors are a factor for the rising infertility rates. The uses of low-cost ingredients that mimic the properties of natural ingredients have shown to cause severe health problems. Meat, poultry and dairy products are commonly supplemented with hormones to increase their milk and egg production and promote weight gain, and antibiotics are given to healthy animals to compensate for unsanitary, crowded conditions. This has resulted in new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and people being at risk of becoming sick by handling and/or eating meat, poultry or dairy products.
We live in an estrogen-rich environment, pesticides, plastics, petrochemical byproducts and other synthetic estrogens and estrogen imitators fill our world. Add to that the excess of hormones and hormone-like compounds we consume in everyday food, no wonder, that there is an estrogen overload resting on top of humankind. This estrogen dominance can affect ovulation in women and lower sperm count, sperm viability and the amount of seminal fluid produced in men. Some experts also believe that uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and infections of the reproductive organs — all that can impair fertility — are often the result of estrogen overload. This Precocious Puberty is another problem indicative of this accumulation of estrogen, girls as young as 6, 7 and 8 are growing breast and having their first period, while boys of 10 that are growing breasts is becoming “a new normal”.
Fertility Now and Then
There is quite a gap between the quantitative relation of the present day fertility rate and that of the first 25 years after WWII. "Surprise babies" of women over 40, 45 and even 50 were not out of the ordinary. On a personal level, I knew a few women who had babies after the age of 40. My grandmother was 48 years old when she delivered her last child, fifteen years after her previous baby. I had a freind who gave birth to her first baby at 42, and another who was (not so pleasantly surprised) to find herself pregnant again at age 46, after her two oldest daughters just had left home. Actually, during the sixties and seventies, I knew more women for whom fertility presented a predicament than women who had fertility problems. We searched for methods to curb our prolificacy, and welcomed the birth control pill.
What is the reason?
After WWII, nutrition, hygiene and medicine had nurtured a healthy population with healthy babies. The percentage of people doing physical work was much higher than now and much physical activity was derived from normal daily activities. Most people worked close enough to walk or use the bicycle to go to work, and many kids walked to school. Women had a daily physical workout with cleaning and cooking, and people ate (guess what?) "organic whole food” that was in season.
How about stress?
Sure there was stress, but stress was used as intended i.e. to rise to a challenge and to prepare for a tough situation. Social interaction was direct and personal. Families cried, laughed and ate together, (sometimes all three meals) during which they interacted and shared their joy and pain. They also lived close together, which gave access to immediate support. Nowadays such supporting structure is rare.
Although there were some couples that were unable to conceive, it certainly had not reached its current epidemical proportion. Most women got married before the age of 25, which was at the peak of their reproductive years. Times and life was much less complicated, the world has changed.
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