Inflammation and it's effects on reproduction


The failure to achieve pregnancy after a period of 12 months of attempted cycles meets the clear criterion for infertility women over 35 we don’t like to wait more than five or six months for aggressive therapy. A woman is over 38 she should take aggressive therapy right away.

The question often arises as to what a woman can do to enhance your own fertility. About half of my patients ask this question primarily of concern that there is something in the lifestyle is impeding their ability to conceive and have a normal pregnancy. Often the fears associated with being overweight or taking too much sugar were not getting enough exercise. In many cases, my patients assume they are eating properly but are hesitant in question their own habits when they confront the reality of infertility.

In fact, it is possible to enhance your own fertility in virtually all cases. How can we be sure of this? Well, we now know that inflammation is a common denominator for adverse effects on reproductive pathways and functions. By eliminating inflammation or reducing it significantly we can improve the vitality of individual cells in the ovary as well as the signaling function from the hypothalamus and pituitary which helps regulate normal menstrual cycles.

There is virtually no doubt that a common feature of infertility is the disruption of the normal chromosomal shifts and associations that occur within the cell which is released as a mature act at the time of ovulation. The 23 pairs of chromosomes have all of the normal genetic material consisting of about 25,000 genes. These chromosomes have to replicate themselves and double in quantity and then split to achieve a normal balance of genetic material. Any offending agent can interfere with this normal balancing act and cause the elements of the chromosome to not line up perfectly. In this case the failure of conception or a conception that results in miscarriage.

It can be concluded that the purpose of the fertility diet to minimize any element of inflammation that can be present within the ovaries around the follicles and the cells which become mature eggs within the growing follicle. So the obvious point is that we must reduce inflammation at all costs.

Dr. Steven A. Brody Dr. Steven A. Brody, the Director of the Infertility & Lifespan Medical Institute in San Diego, has spent his professional career providing compassionate and specialized care to help families overcome infertility. Dr. Brody has authored two textbooks, one at Stanford and one with a Nobel Prize winner at Cambridge, entitled “Principles and Practice of Assisted Human Reproduction.” Dr. Brody earned his M.D. degree at Washington University and continued his education with an internship at Yale, a residency at Stanford, and a fellowship at Baylor. Dr. Brody is the only doctor in the U.S. who has achieved Board Certifications in four distinct specialty areas including: Internal Medicine, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. If you are looking for a compassionate and thorough physician who works with you to overcome infertility and treat any reproductive disorders, call the office or book an appointment online today.

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