When trying to get pregnant, understand how estrogen and infertility affect each other, your health and the possibility of getting pregnant.
If you are having difficulty getting pregnant, you need to be aware of and understand the following:
• Are your menstrual periods anovulatory?
• How often do you have menstrual periods?
• Do you have light, normal or heavy periods?
• How long is your luteal phase?
• Have you been taking birth control pills for some time?
• Have your periods changed pattern since the beginning?
• Are you doing vaginal douching every month?
All of this information is crucial, because fertility is very much associated to the number of mature eggs that you produce each month, how balanced your hormones are and how good your general health is.
If you are releasing fewer eggs or none at all and if you are experiencing estrogen and infertility and hormone imbalance symptoms, you may not be able to get pregnant.
Today, it is quite common for women as young as in their early 20’s to have menstrual periods with regular flow and yet not ovulate.
This modern fact is called anovulatory periods. When this occurs, you may have too much estrogen and infertility issues.
Assuming you may not know whether or not you have anovulatory cycles – consider having a saliva test to measure your progesterone levels. If you don’t know when you are ovulating, buy an ovulation test kit for more accurate results.
Having low levels of progesterone can be related to no ovulation and the best suggestion is the use of bio-identical progesterone supplementation for balancing the condition of excess estrogen and infertility.
Another time-proven way to find out if you are ovulating or not, is by measuring your temperature. If you maintain the same temperature during your ovulation, you are probably anovulatory.
If you have anovulatory menstrual cycles or you are obese, estrogen becomes dominant in the body and reduces the levels of oxygen in the cells plus increases water influx and the amounts of sodium into the cells.
When this occurs, you can experience bloating, water retention and even high blood pressure. This condition may also be responsible for strokes, blood clotting, thyroid dysfunction and different types of allergies.
Older women and men will possibly have higher incidence of infertility, birth defects, low sperm count and other abnormalities. If you have experienced several miscarriages…this can mean that you have low progesterone levels and you may have other health issues.
Use natural progesterone supplementation only after ovulation each month until one or two days before your next period – to begin balancing your estrogen levels and help you get pregnant.
Try the natural progesterone supplementation method for 6 to 8 months. If you don’t get pregnant and don’t see any results, you may want to go to an infertility clinic.
Estrogen dominance and infertility simply means that estrogen and progesterone no longer balance each other. As a consequence, you may have difficulty getting pregnant unless you make some changes.
With estrogen dominance and low levels of progesterone, you produce higher amounts of FSH and consequently you generate even more estrogen. If the follicles don’t release any egg, you will not be able to get pregnant.
However, if the follicle creates an egg and fertilization happens, your body may not be able to support the embryo because you are progesterone deficient – without normal levels of progesterone, the survival of the fetus and embryo is quite difficult.
Estrogen and progesterone have several opposite functions, and yet they balance each other and each sensitizes receptors for the other.
For example: estrogen is responsible for building the endometrial lining in your uterus in case you get pregnant. Progesterone, on the other hand looks after the uterine lining, fetus and embryo after you get pregnant.
If estrogen and progesterone no longer balance each other, you will likely experience different premenopause symptoms. If you no longer produce enough progesterone to counter the negative effects of estrogen, then infertility and other health issues can be the result.
When you are progesterone deficient you may experience estrogen dominance and infertility. This epidemic has become quite common among women in their late 20’s and 30’s.
Balance between progesterone plus estrogen and infertility is very crucial for any women trying to get pregnant and avoiding any reproductive abnormality.
Without balance, progesterone will not be able to prepare the uterine wall for the implantation of the fertilized ovum. Without progesterone, the egg will be expelled and there will not be pregnancy.
Progesterone prepares your uterine wall for implantation of the fertilized ovum. Progesterone is also responsible for the survival and development of the embryo and fetus. If you are not producing enough progesterone, the egg will be expelled.
According to Dr. John R. Lee, estrogens (estradiol, estrone and estriol) in general promote cell division, particularly in hormone-sensitive tissue such as the breast and uterine lining.
Dr. John R. Lee says that “according to studies of two decades – overexposure to estradiol and estrone increases one’s risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, whereas estriol is protective.”
Excess estrogen and infertility or estrogen dominance in modern societies are caused by several factors:
• 1- Exposure to chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, industrial by-products, environmental pollution, car exhausts and petrochemical products (which also called xenoestrogens) are all considered very toxic and can inhibit reproductive health in men and women – estrogen and infertility.
All these products or xenoestrogens can cause low sperm counts for men, health and reproductive abnormalities in your future offspring, infertility in women and several reproductive cancers.
• 2- Birth control pills or oral contraceptives – they suppress your normal hormones and prevent ovulation – and other synthetic pharmaceutical drugs can give you health risks and estrogen and infertility problems.
Suppressing menstrual periods and ovulation may appear to be a good idea for birth control, however, doing so has consequences for some women that may wish to become pregnant later on.
Some birth control medication can keep you from having children from 9 months to two years after the last dose. You will experience decreased infertility if you have been taking oral contraceptives for a long time.
• 3- Women using synthetic hormone replacement therapy or HRT featuring estrogens and progestins – synthetic hormones have been changed at the molecular level so they can be patented and they have side effects and health risks for most women that use them.
• 4- Obese and overweight women that consume too many calories will produce more estrogen and they will experience estrogen dominance and infertility.
• 5- Another important factor is the low nutritional quality of most of our foods. Most diets today are rich in fatty meats with lots of hormones and antibiotics, sugar, aspartame, trans-fats, simple carbohydrates and processed foods.
Very few people eat plant-based diets high in fiber, with all types of legumes, nutrients, phytoestrogens, antioxidants and complex carbohydrates.
• 6- Avoid vaginal douching since it destroys and disrupts the growth of the good bacteria and living organisms that exist in your vagina. Regular washing is sufficient when you have your shower or bath. For fertility sake, let your vagina take care of itself!
• 7- Other environmental problems that can create estrogen and infertility are drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, cigarette smoking, radiation from cellphones, computers, laptops and other appliances, exposure to lead, mercury and other toxins.