Inflammation and its connection to infertility

If you’ve been trying to conceive for over a year and have yet to get pregnant, you may begin to research the various causes of infertility. Among the main results:

  • age
  • male and female “factors” such as egg production and sperm quality
  • and “unknown” causes

If you don’t know where to begin in figuring out why you’re not getting pregnant, a place to start is to evaluate if you are experiencing inflammation.

For roughly one-third of women, inflammation is a root cause of their infertility.

Inflammation occurs as a reaction to an injury or infection in the body. Additionally, inflammation can sometimes occur in error as well, when the body perceives something needs fighting, but really doesn’t. 

Common signs of inflammation:
  • swelling 
  • redness 
  • bloating 
  • joint pain 
  • pelvic pain
  • pain during sex
  • acne 
  • anxiety 
  • depression
  • fatigue

There are quite a few ways that inflammation gets in the way…

If inflammation is present in the fallopian tubes, eggs are not able to move from the ovaries to the uterus and sperm is not able to reach the egg for fertilization.

If the ovaries are inflamed, ovulation may not occur and therefore, an egg is not released.

And, in inflammation of the uterus, the embryo is prevented from implanting itself in the wall of the uterus and developing. 

Therefore, inflammation can affect:

  • Ovulation
  • Fertilization
  • Implantation

 

What can you do to treat inflammation?

First, it’s important to discover if you are experiencing inflammation and where it exists. Until then, examine some of these main causes that contribute to inflammation such as blood sugar, stress, gut microbiome (gut health), infections, and your environment. 

In your journey toward conception, it’s important to build a village of support and knowledge toward your desire to have a baby. We have the resources to help you along the way. 

During our fertility evaluation, we take a dive into potential root causes contributing to infertility.  We discuss menstrual health, sleep, and stress management.  Last, we go over tools to optimize your chances of becoming and staying pregnant.

We’d love to help you. Book an Appointment 

I help women and children live their life to the fullest, without worrying about pelvic floor pain, peeing while sneezing, or difficulty pooping. When not at the office, I like to play board games with my kids, binge-watch Netflix with hubby, and travel outside of the AZ heat.

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