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Factors Contributing To Infertility and Fertility In Our Modern Times
Health Inn Show | Fertility and Infertility in Modern Times
Inspirational Quotes From Celebrities
Infertility and difficulty conceiving touch people in all walks of life and at many ages. However, it must be known that it becomes even more difficult as you age. Celebrities, in the limelight, sometimes tell their personal story to let others know they are not alone and to have hope with many choices today in dealing with this problem.
Michael Joel Zaslow, award winning American soap actor on "The Guiding Light," who dealt with Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) at the end of his life (1997) and was married to Susan Hufford, who played in "Fiddler on the Roof" with him in the 1970's was quoted as saying, "People with fertility problems are not alone. It is a very very common problem for couples today. I've seen statistics that are just staggering."
His remark indicates that couple's have been dealing with the issues and frustrations of infertility for a number of decades. On the Health Inn Show we will mention some contributing factors like nuclear fallout, tainted food and drinks, change in sleeping habits and introduction of birth control pills and other medications that can disrupt the natural endocrine cycles.
Toshihiko Fukui ( 1935– ), a Japanese economist and central banker, the 29th Governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and a Director of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) had this to say about population, "The aging and declining population will have far-reaching impacts. Declining fertility rates will possibly increase immigration. The structure of family and society will inevitably change."
Just think, Japan has had to deal with a number of devastating irrevocable environmental disasters in the past century. Hiroshima, Nagasaki and now the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and leakage of radiation into the air, water, and soil, which has infiltrated the food supply in everything from milk to leafy greens and grains. Radiation effects have spread into the ocean and up into the atmosphere; making this a world wide problem. Over the coming years we will see the evolution of all living organisms, mutations and an increase in infertility for both males and females.
The famous child star, Brooke Shields expressed how she felt when going through the trauma of starting a family, "The difficulty of IVF or of any fertility issues is the hope and the shattered hope, the dream that it might happen this time and then it doesn't happen." She went through many trials of in vitro fertilization and finally gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Rowan Francis. And then, Brooke had to heal from years of depression, which may have been attributed to an imbalance of hormones.
Courteney Cox-Arquette of "Friends" and her actor husband David Arquette also underwent many IVF attempts and suffered several miscarriages, illustrating that maintaining the pregnancy can also be difficult for many women today.
Another problem for couples today occurs when they delay starting a family. "Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross has related the troubles of becoming pregnant after 40, saying, "I don’t like the average woman being misled into thinking that fertility is something that goes on forever. When a woman gets older, they get a donor egg, which doesn’t make the baby any less beautiful or perfect. One’s own eggs only last so long, and sometimes at 43 or 44 you can have your own baby, but statistically it’s very difficult and expensive. You don’t want to wait that long."
As final recourse for those who have infertility problems, couples can adopt or as the actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance finally conceived through the use of a surrogate.
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Save The Date | On April 30th, 2012 The Health Inn Show will be around the topic of infertility in our modern era. Throughout history women have had stress and concerns about becoming pregnant, maintaining the growing fetus, and birthing a healthy child into this world.
- The Homeopathy World Community Health Inn Show introduces you to our guest, Mary Aspinwall, homeopath and healer. homeopathyworldcommunity.com/group/health-inn/forum/topics/fertility-and-infertility-in-modern-times
Finding Solutions from Past History | People may think of the matriarchs who struggled and prayed to God to be fertile. Certainly, an embarrassment or mark on Sarah, especially when the bible commands us to be fertile and multiply. She wanted to bear Abraham a child in order to create a great nation. Still childless at the age of 90, Sarai gave her younger Egyptian handmaiden, Hagar, as a surrogate to her husband, Abram, in order to have a family.
Lessons Learned | As the progenitor of a nation and family lineage, The Prophetess Sarah teaches many lessons about how women struggle and rise above pain. Each of us must become seekers to learn our personal mission and our communal mission. How will we relate to our nuclear family and to our communal family? How do we relate to self, to partner and to Creator? Who do we depend upon for support and guidance? Where do we find our strength?
Beauty and Wealth | Commentators tell us that Sarah was one of the four most beautiful women on earth and, thus, beauty may not be a factor in fertility; or is it? She did give birth to a son, Isaac, at a ripe old age. Sarah was also a princess of a nation and partner to a great leader. Does wealth and luxury have anything to do with fertility?
- New York Times | Study of the Peak of Fertility hints that men have an unconscious attraction and receive cues from women who are ovulating .
- Some examples given | "Lap dancers get much higher tips (unless they’re taking birth-control pills that suppress ovulation, in which case their tips remain lower). The pitch of a woman’s voice rises. Men rate her body odor as more attractive and respond with higher levels of testosterone."
Contributing Factors | In the last few decades it appears as if the fertility rates for both males and females have been on the decline. The Health Inn guest, Mary Aspinwall, will delineate many of the contributing factors in our world and society that have contributed to this precipitous decline.
- Factor in that 30% of infertility can be attributed to males that may be related to: anatomic irregularities of the man’s reproductive organs, childhood illnesses, sperm production, certain medications, chronic health problems, environmental factors or exposures and previous injury or surgery
Endocrine System Disruptors | Obviously, we depend upon a healthy functioning total health system and especially endocrine system to provide the proper hormone cycles. Many of my other Hubpages about pollutants in our environment extend into the realm of fertility and damage to the reproductive system in all living organisms.
- Air quality
- Toxins in water
- Poisons in soils
- Habits and behaviors
- Change in lifestyle
- Heredity and Genetics
- Emotional Stressors
- Spontaneous miscarriage
Did you have trouble conceiving?
Was infertility an issue for you?
About 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
It does not help the situation to place blame on either party dealing with infertility:
- 1/3 of infertility cases are due to woman's problems.
- 1/3 of infertility cases are due to man's problems
- 1/3 of infertility cases are due to both the man and women jointly
Due to mankind's activities, biologist Oren Hasson of Tel Aviv University has published his hypothesis that our reproductive organs have undergone evolutionary change in the journal Biological Reviews. We have seen that girls as young as 8 and 9 years old now menstruate and can become sexually active.
He proposes that instead of living in partnership and harmony the male and female systems do not relate well and now battle one another. He says that men are overproducing “aggressive” sperm to increase chances of successful fertilization. He explains the sequence of events that would normally lead to a fertilized egg get sabotaged by the aggressive sperm, which end up terminating the conception.
In turn, since the female egg must deal with these aggressive sperm cells, her system has evolved to become inhospitable through changes in pH turning more acid, producing less fluid mucosa to stream the sperm up toward the fallopian tubes and other ways of getting rid of the sperm. (SmartPlanet)
Whether or not you agree with this hypothesis, there is trouble in River City when male and female cannot get it together. In fact, many single women today decide to start a family without a male partner in a number of ways. Perhaps they realize their internal clock ticks away their fertile years. Perhaps the men in their lives do not match their needs. Society has changed and placed so many demands upon each of us that we see life differently.
Issues That Effect Our Hormonal Health
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Genital Warts | Sexually transmitted disease may play a role in the health of the reproductive organs and ability for couples to conceive.
Radiation | The over use of CT Scans, MRI, and even dental X-rays may contribute to long term disease and the inability to conceive.
Pesticides | Environmental poisons can contribute to more than a reduction of insects and the decline of bee colonies. Hormone disruptors can play havoc with our endocrine system.
Plastics | Do you still use plastics to store and cook foods or bottle water? Do you know the facts?
Assisted Reproductive Technology May Help Infertile Couples
The newer technology of ART has given helped couple conceive wanted children. Statistically, over 1% of all infants born in the United States every year use this technology, but also present a number of health challenges including: high rates of multiple delivery, preterm delivery, and low birth-weight delivery.
- The CDC provides annual reports and records of success rates and difficulties with the ART technology
- ART includes all fertility treatments in which both eggs and sperm are handled. In general, ART procedures involve surgically removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries, combining them with sperm in the laboratory, and returning them to the woman’s body or donating them to another woman. They do NOT include treatments in which only sperm are handled (i.e., intrauterine—or artificial—insemination) or procedures in which a woman takes medicine only to stimulate egg production without the intention of having eggs retrieved.
This Hubpages introduces readers to a live video stream show called "Health Inn." Everyone is invited to join Debby Bruck and Dr Deepak Sharma on April 30th to discuss and learn about the issue of infertility in modern times.
About the Author
Debby Bruck, CHOM loves to write about a variety of health topics, most especially energy medicine and taking a close look at contributing factors to ill health and what steps we can do to return to health. Debby founded Homeopathy World Community, a social network of professional homeopaths enlightening the world to the healing powers of homeopathy and hosts numerous radio shows. Follow Debby on Twitter
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