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Infertility

Category: Illness or disabilities

Type

Involuntary

Introduction and description

 

As infertility can be such a distressing subject for many people, the photos I have chosen are gentle soothing photos rather than medical.  All the more graphic medical pictures are to be found within the section on Reproductive system disease, which provides a much more generic overview of all the problems of this area.

There is no sound water tight definition of infertility. 

If the ovaries are removed or the testicles, then it is a clear cut case, but in all other cases it is not actually correct to declare a person as infertile.  They may have contracted a pathogen which they subsequently defeat.  They may be under great stress and this is conquered.  It may take months, it may take years, but there is always hope.  Infertility treatments have their own rather unpleasant side-effects.  In by-passing nature’s own regulatory controls on whether sperm and egg are viable, a whole host of problems can ensue; and few couples in their desperate desire to have a baby, are adequately counselled as to how great these risks are:

There is increasing evidence that infertility or subfertility is an independent risk factor for obstetrical complications and adverse perinatal outcomes, …. Multiple pregnancy is the most powerful predictive factor for adverse maternal, obstetrical, and perinatal outcomes. Couples should be thoroughly counselled about the significant risks of multiple pregnancies associated with all assisted human reproductive treatments. … Among singleton pregnancies, assisted reproductive technology is associated with increased risks of preterm birth and low birth weight infants and preeclampsia. …reproductive technology [involves] an increased risk of congenital structural abnormalities, … sperm injection may be at increased risk of chromosomal aberrations, including sex chromosome abnormalities. .. infertile couples must [evaluate] the benefits of avoiding disease transmission and the medical risks and financial burden of in vitro fertilization. PMID:  24444289

In other words, if there is a pathogenic or genetic cause, you are likely to be passing this on to your baby.

The cure for infertility is thus to find the cause and treat the cause.  Throughout this site I have tried to emphasise the need to ignore symptoms and follow the cause effect chain back to causes.  You can heal causes, you can only mask symptoms.  Infertility is one problem where it is imperative this is done, because a baby's entire life and quality of life is at stake.

If there is no treatment, if you have acquired a virus, a bacteria, a toxin that cannot be defeated, then there is even more reason not to try to have a baby, because you will be giving them an illness that is incurable - like cystic fibrosis.    

Causes

The process of ovulation is controlled by the hypothalamus of the brain and through the release of hormones secreted in the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland.  Thus any pathogen which causes brain damage can cause infertility.

Nutritional deprivation

 

Both vitamin deficiency and mineral deficiency can result in infertility.  More specifically Mineral imbalance and especially zinc deficiency and Selenium deficiency.  Zinc is needed to form the lining of the womb.  If you are seriously deficient then there will be no formation of the lining of the womb and periods will stop.  Zinc is required by men to produce testosterone. Thus, zinc deficiency can lead to less testosterone production in men and hence show up with the symptoms associated with low testosterone.

 

Low sperm production and poor sperm quality are consistent features of Se-deficient animals. The pivotal link between Se, sperm quality and male fertility is GPX4 since the enzyme is essential to allow the production of the correct architecture of the midpiece of spermatozoa. PMID: 15749805

But there is also evidence that vitamin supplements, mineral supplements and dietary supplements have also caused infertility.  Perhaps one of the more interesting of these is Folic acid - a vitamin which is added to bread, and any manner of other foodstuffs and not only given as supplements.  The following comes from the eHealthme web-site.

On Dec, 02, 2016: 104,395 people reported to have side effects when taking Folic Acid.
Among them, 20 people (0.02%) have Infertility

 It may be worth reading the section on Eating bread, to get some background on this overall problem.

 Pharmaceuticals

 

A gradually growing list of pharmaceuticals is implicated in causing infertility. 

The eHealthme web site collects the Adverse Drug Reports submitted by doctors to the FDA and SEDA in the USA.  The eHealthme web site separates infertility in general from female infertility. 

This LINK takes you to the section on infertility in general. If the link doesn't work then use the 'conditions' box a the top of the page.  Scroll down and you will find a section 'Drugs that could cause'.  If you press this link you will be presented with a list of all the drugs implicated in causing infertility.  As of December 2016, there were about 300 drugs in the list.

This LINK takes you to the section on female infertility.  If the link doesn't work then use the 'conditions' box a the top of the page.  Scroll down and you will find a section 'Drugs that could cause'.  If you press this link you will be presented with a list of all the drugs implicated in causing female infertility.  As of December 2016, there were about 200 drugs in the list.

The drugs on the list are very diverse and include, for example, acne treatments, asthma and COPD inhalers, insomnia treatments, antibiotics, beta blockers, immunosuppressants, rheumatoid arthritis drugs, pain killers and NSAIDs, benzodiazepines, muscle relaxants, diuretics, ACE inhibitors, synthetic glucocorticoids, ADHD drugs, epilepsy drugs, neuralgia treatments, opioid analgesics and statins

"It has been hypothesized that statins reduce sex hormone biosynthesis through hepatic inhibition of cholesterol synthesis, which is a precursor of androstenedione and estradiol. Such a reduction has been associated with menstrual irregularities, menopausal disorders, infertility, and low libido".

In addition to anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, and anti-anxiety drugs, there appears to be evidence that certain injectable long acting hormonal contraceptive birth control drugs and devices can cause infertility.  Both those injected via a syringe and those which use  a single-rod subdermal contraceptive implant are included, as well as contraceptive patches.  The intrauterine device (IUD) with progestogen is also implicated [In the United Kingdom, the IUD with progestogen is referred to as an intrauterine system (IUS)].

There are also drugs that have multiple uses.  MPA, for example, has caused infertility and is used as a treatment for endometriosis, dysmenorrhea, and amenorrhea; as a contraceptive; as an appetite stimulant; and to 'reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures'.

In addition to those where the cause and effect can be easily traced, there are also drugs where the cause effect chain is longer.  Anti-histamines – for example  “cimetidine is a well-recognized zinc chelator. PMID:10394044” and as we saw above zinc is needed for fertility.  There is a proven link between Endometriosis and infertility, this LINK  shows the pharmaceuticals causing endometriosis.[if the link is broken, please use the process described above].

One pharmaceutical deserves a mention. Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is a synthetic nonsteroidal estrogen that was first synthesized in 1938. It is also classified as an endocrine disruptor. We could classifiy DES as both a toxin and a drug, as human exposure to DES occurred through supplemented cattle feed and medical treatment for certain conditions, including breast and prostate cancers. From about 1940 to 1971, DES was given to pregnant women in the mistaken belief it would reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and losses.  In 1971, DES was shown to cause vaginal tumors in girls and women who had been exposed to this drug in utero. The United States Food and Drug Administration subsequently withdrew DES from use in pregnant women. Follow-up studies have indicated that DES also has the potential to cause a variety of significant adverse medical complications during the lifetimes of those exposed - one of which is infertility.  The United States National Cancer Institute recommends women born to mothers who took DES undergo special medical exams on a regular basis to screen for complications as a result of the drug.

 

 Toxins

Toxins, including heavy metals,  appear to play a big part in the development of reproductive system diseases in general.  Nanoparticles are known to cause genetic defects. Both lead and mercury exposure are implicated in infertility.  In poor dental work dental amalgam fillings have also been implicated. 

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that at certain doses, can interfere with the endocrine (or hormone system) in mammals. Hormones work at very small doses (part per billion ranges) thus it takes very little to disrupt the body's endocrine systems. Endocrine disruption can occur via higher than normal doses of the body's own hormones [via the food chain for example] or via chemicals that can compete with natural hormones for receptors or destroy the receptors.

There are other toxins also implicated.   For example, there is an established association between endometriosis and infertility  .....

One of the known causes of Endometriosis is toxins.  Several studies have investigated the potential link between exposure to dioxins and endometriosis, in particular TCDD (2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin – the most toxic dioxin). Monkeys that were fed dioxin in amounts as small as five parts per trillion developed endometriosis. In addition, the dioxin-exposed monkeys showed immune abnormalities similar to those observed in women with endometriosis. 

 

 Parasites

Parasites may cause infertility directly through organ damage or indirectly via nutritional deprivation.  The parasitic roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides, for example, may cause malabsorption in the intestine and contribute to malnutrition.  Tapeworms, liver flukes and roundworms in general often produce severe nutritional deficiency, especially vitamin D and vitamin B12.  It needs to be remembered that Echinococcosis can be acquired from foxes and unwormed dogs.

Pinworms in women may move onto the vulva and into the vagina, from there moving to external orifice of the uterus, and onwards to the uterine cavity, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and peritoneal cavity.

The presence of parasites in the reproductive organs or damaging the organs producing hormones, is often known from cysts.  Balantidium coli, for example, causes illness by cysts forming in tissues and compromising their activity.  Chlamydia pneumoniae is a ubiquitous parasite and is capable of causing numerous illnesses. It has the ability to survive inside target cells, evading the host's immune system, as such if it migrates into the reproductive system it is particularly dangerous and can affect both mother and baby.

Schistosoma cause bilharzia/Schistosomiasis - a chronic illness that can damage internal organs and can cause blindness. In those who have been infected a long time, liver damage, kidney failure, infertility, or bladder cancer may occur.

The parasitic protozoan Toxoplasma gondii infects about one-third of the population of developed countries.  It is carried by cats - see being with cats.  It can reach both the brain and muscular tissues of infected humans, and as a consequence renders a person infertile through hormonal imbalances.

 

Stress and high emotion

I do not think enough attention is paid to the effect of stress upon fertility.  In my own sphere of friends I have noticed that where there is a fervent desire to have a baby, perhaps in part fuelled by the competition between young women, babies do not appear.  Occasionally the lack of appearance of a baby will result in an adoption, only for a baby to appear a year or so later.  In other words once the competitive pressure is removed, the infertility goes.  

Furthermore, once someone who thought themselves infertile has a baby, a second baby can often appear very quickly after the first. 

There is something of a vicious cycle in operation here too.  Apparent infertility can affect marriages, making love, and produce "emotional distress and marital dissatisfaction".  What is worse, is that stress can lead to illness and this illness can itself cause infertility, nature has a tendency to reduce the infertility of people who are ill.

In effect, the best way to have a baby is to not desperately, desperately want a baby.  If you really love someone, the best way is to make love to that person frequently, perhaps enjoying a little sex magick or even sexual stimulation, to heighten the enjoyment, and simply not use any form of protection.  Leave it to chance.  Babies conceived from love are very special babies.  Babies conceived from 'want' -  a desire to have a baby just because everyone else is having one - are still special because all babies are special - but want may go, whereas love never does.

 Bacterial infection

The role of bacteria in causing infertility has been known for some time.  As the sperm has to pass along the vagina any disruption in the flora may make it a more hostile environment, for example

... The genital discharges of asymptomatic women with infertility problems are characterized by a prevalence of Gardnerella vaginalis (19.7%), Enterobacteriaceae or Enterococci (12.1%) and Streptococcus agalactiae (8.6%). …. the reasons for the prevalence of some microorganisms … in the population of infertile asymptomatic women need to be better analyzed especially after the recent studies correlating idiopathic infertility with the presence of cervical cytokines in women with an abnormal vaginal flora.  PMID:  20402416

The term aerobic vaginitis is used to describe a disruption in the Lactobacillus species as a predominant species in the vaginal flora accompanied by signs of inflammation by immune-system involvement and a predominantly aerobic flora.

Aerobic vaginitis (AV) is a newly defined clinical entity that is distinct from candidiasis [fungus infection], trichomoniasis [parasite infection] and bacterial vaginosis (BV). Because of the poor recognition of AV, this condition can lead to treatment failures and is associated with severe complications, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, preterm birth and foetal infections.  PMID:  25367602

 

Fungal infection

In the same way that bacteria can create a hostile environment for sperm, so can fungi and viruses, for example, here we see fungal infection, bacterial infection and viruses all played their part:

Statistical analysis … revealed a significant association with infertility. …. Multiple infections such as Candida, Chlamydia and human papilloma virus were observed in 4.2%, 15.3% and 8.3% of infected women, respectively. Results suggest that .. infection is associated with infertility and its absence leads to pregnancy.  PMID:  19833694

Viral infection

 Viral infection in women can affect the egg, but viral infection in men can render them totally infertile, or produce damaged sperm

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are caused by several pathogens, including bacteria, viruses and protozoa, and can induce male infertility through multiple pathophysiological mechanisms. Additionally, horizontal transmission of STD pathogens to sexual partners or vertical transmission to fetuses and neonates is possible. Chlamydia trachomatis, Ureaplasma spp., human papillomavirus, hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses, HIV-1 and human cytomegalovirus have all been detected in semen from symptomatic and asymptomatic men with testicular, accessory gland and urethral infections. These pathogens are associated with poor sperm quality and decreased sperm concentration and motility. However, the effects of ... herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Mycoplasma spp., Treponema pallidum and Trichomonas vaginalis, [is still under investigation]  PMID:  25330794

Vaccines

Where a vaccine uses a live virus [not all do], we are in effect giving a person the virus in the hope their immune system builds up immunity.  But, many viruses are not destroyed by the immune system, merely subdued.  When the immune system is compromised, the virus will travel round the body to cause subsequent bouts of illness.    Thus any vaccine which uses a live virus has the potential to make us infertile, depending, of course, on the virus [see above].

Physical damage and surgery

 There is an obvious and clear link between any form of damage to the sexual organs and infertility, but what is often forgotten is that damage occurs from aging in women.  Women are born with a supply of eggs to last them their entire life, and as they get older the viability of those eggs decreases, for example

The causes of infertility in older women are different from those in younger women. Women over 35 years of age are nearly twice as likely to present with 'unexplained' infertility. PMID: 18308834

'unexplained' = not being one of the known causes above.

Radiation

 

All radiation whether 'cosmic' or electromagnetic impacts our bodies and depending on its frequency it resonates different parts of us.  The reason that nuclear radiation is so dangerous is that it impacts cells, but what we appear to have overlooked is that all radiation impacts some part of us.

Every aggregate in our bodies - organs, cells, the body itself, has natural ‘resonance’.  Resonance is a substance’s natural tendency to oscillate – vibrate – at maximum amplitude at certain frequencies, known as the thing’s resonant frequency.

And long term exposure at the resonating frequency, or short term high intensity exposure to the resonating frequency of the ovaries or testicles will cause cell death in eggs and sperm. 

Treatment

Find the cause.

How it works

There are few cases of infertility causing spiritual experience, although the extreme distress it causes has produced occasional examples.  The majority of hallucinations, visions etc have come from the pharmaceuticals used to treat them. 

Where healing has occurred it is principally because the cause has been addressed.  The observations provide more detail.

 

References and further reading

All the photos on this page are by Oleg Oprisco, whose biography can be found by following the link, along with other examples of his work.

Another cause of infertility is Estrogen imbalance.  This is itself caused by external facors, as such it may be helpful to read this section.  For more general information on Estrogen itself and its role in the reproductive system see Estrogen.

 

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