In America, 10 in 100 women have trouble getting or staying pregnant. That’s over six million women! Way too many if you ask me.
The best option we have for treating infertility is in vitro fertilization or IVF. If you are under the age of 35 and do three cycles, you have about a 40% chance of getting pregnant with IVF, but if you are over the age of 42, that chance drops to 4%. Those really aren’t great odds.
In addition to poor odds, it will cost around $33,000 for 3 cycles which can be a huge burden financially if you don’t have insurance that covers it. There is also a burden on you physically and emotionally because the medications used for IVF are hard on the body and hormone manipulation is difficult on you physically and emotionally. Also, studies are finding that children born with IVF may have a higher risk of health problems later in life.
There has got to be a better way!
The good news is that there is a much better way. The bad news is that conventional medicine either ignores it or is simply unaware of it. Unfortunately, our medical system is controlled by the pharmaceutical industry which is why treatments always involve drugs and natural therapies tend to be labeled as woo woo and are often discouraged by physicians.
So, why are so many women struggling with infertility? It really comes down to a mismatch between their biology and their environment. We are bombarded with so many toxins today that our grandparents never had to deal with. The food we eat today is loaded with chemicals and grown in nutrient poor soils, and we have more stress simply because we have more to do, more to see, more to buy, and more really bad news to view from all over the world.
Why can some women get pregnant in all this mess while others can’t? This is where our genes come into play. Some women have genes that make it easy for them to detox from all the toxins they are exposed to. Or they might have genes that help them get more nutrients from foods. Some women have genes that make it difficult to produce antioxidants which will make it harder for them to get pregnant.
Genetic testing can help us determine what nutrients you might need more of, what pathways are blocked that we need to work around, and what diet works best with your unique biology. It is best to have genetic testing in the context of a full health history along with conventional and functional labs to get the full picture of what is going on in your body vs what you are exposed to in your environment.
Just getting a genetic test and then taking a supplement doesn’t work, so avoid the companies that do the testing and sell nutritional supplements. You need someone trained in genomics to help you interpret the results properly. It is highly inappropriate to use genetic testing as a cookie-cutter solution. If you would like to learn more about how genetic testing can help you achieve your dream of being a mom, you can book a complimentary consultation at www.getpregnantplan.com.
Working with a trained professional who can interpret your genetic results will cost a whole lot less than IVF, it will leave you stronger both physically and emotionally and give you the best chance of nourishing a healthy baby to term. Even if you still need IVF, working with your genes will increase your chances of success and help you cope better with the medications and hormone manipulation, so it’s a win either way.