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Possible causes for infertility in women

For a lot of women out there getting pregnant is the most sacred of wishes. However, this is a very complex process, which is not always straightforward. Many encounter issues, which lead to infertility. There could be many causes for this condition. This article takes an in-depth look at several of them: 


  • Menstrual cycle problems – one of the reasons for infertility comes in the form of menstrual cycle problems. There are several phases of this process, which serve as preparation for a pregnancy of the female body. If there are any problems during any of the phases, then infertility could follow.
  • Ovulation failure – another common problem with infertility lies with ovulation failure. This problem manifests itself in about 40% of all cases of infertility in women. There are many causes for not ovulating, among which the most notable is ovarian gynaecological conditions (polycystic ovary syndrome or primary ovarian insufficiency), disorders of the endocrine gland, such as hypothalamus or thyroid problems and last, but not least, ageing – when a woman’s body sees a notable decrease in egg production.
  • Problems of the reproductive system – such type of issues usually have to do with abnormal tissue in the uterus or fallopian tubes. If the tubes are blocked, then eggs cannot get to the uterus from the ovaries; thus sperm cannot fertilise them. Structural problems of the uterus could also be to blame. One such is endometriosis, which is a condition characterised by the presence of tissue in the uterus blocking the fallopian tubes. Surgery, infections or injury in the uterus could lead to scarring, which ups the chance of miscarriage and problematic implantation.
  • The eggs do not mature properly – if the eggs do not mature properly, then infertility is a likely cause. The reason for such a condition could be obesity, lack of the specific proteins needed for the eggs to mature or polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Autoimmune disorders – an autoimmune disorder is one that leads to the body’s immune system attacking tissue that it should normally ignore. There are many such disorders, most notable of which Lupus, Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroiditis. All of these could negatively affect fertility. The most likely reason is the inflammation of the uterus they cause or the side effects of the medication needed to treat them.
  • Primary Ovary Insufficiency (POI) – when a woman’s ovaries stop the production of eggs and hormones at a very young age, such condition is known as POI. Ovulation is not regular, and the levels of pituitary or ovarian hormones are not normal. Pregnancy is still probable, though the chance for it is slim unless proper medication happens.
  • Endometriosis – the endometrium cells, usually found lining the uterine cavity, can sometimes also be found outside of the uterus. This is a condition known as endometriosis. According to research, a large part of women experiencing infertility problems also have endometriosis. The likely problem is that the condition causes pelvic adhesions between the pelvic wall and ovary. On top of that, the chemical changes in the uterus lining could also affect the embryo’s implanting ability.
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – although it is last on the list, PCOS actually ranks as one of the most common causes of infertility. It is characterised by the production of extra androgens, which interfere with ovarian follicles development and the process of egg release.

Evidently, there are a lot of causes of infertility in women. It is essential to identify the exact cause and treat it to improve the chance of getting pregnant. 

Be sure to consult with The Natural Doctor on the matter to find out more about infertility, possible causes and treatment.


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Source: http://thenaturaldoctor.org/fertility

9 ways that you can reduce premature skin ageing

Skin ageing is an inevitable part of life. It is human nature to grow old, and that will show in every part of your body, perhaps most notably the skin. The ageing process itself will in time make visible lines on your face and make it less full. The skin becomes drier and thinner. A large part of this process is irreversible and cannot be stopped. The lifestyle choices and environment you spend your time can also affect your skin, but those are factors you can control. Some preventive actions will let you slow down the ageing effects of these ‘extrinsic factors’ and help you look younger. Following are a few ways that prevent skin ageing:



  • Protect yourself from sun exposure – believe it or not, constant exposure to the sun can prematurely age your skin. It doesn’t matter if you are at the beach, or running some errands, you need to consider sun protection. Seeking shade, covering yourself with clothing or using sunscreen are all good ways to protect your skin.
  • Self-tanner is better than getting a tan – regardless if you wish to get a tan from the sun, a tanning bed or some other tanning equipment, you are essentially ageing your skin. That is due to the UV rays, which greatly accelerate the ageing process.
  • Quit smoking – smoking ruins your skin in a variety of ways. More notably, it causes wrinkles and sallow complexion. If you are a smoker, consider quitting. It will do your skin and your health well.
  • Don’t do repetitive facial expressions – every time you make a facial expression, you contract all underlying muscles. If you do this for many years, it will make the lines caused by these contractions permanent. One notable example is squinting eyes. Wear glasses, if you often find yourself squinting your eyes.
  • Mind your diet – you need a well-balanced and healthy diet, rich in vegetables and fruits. Eating a lot of refined carbohydrates and sugar can, in fact, accelerate the ageing process, so be sure to limit those.
  • Exercise regularly – many studies suggest that regular moderate exercise plays a huge role in skin ageing. Since physical activity improves blood circulation and boosts the immune system, you can bet that it is going to give your face a more youthful appearance.
  • Moisturise your skin – trapping water in your skin will keep it healthy and youthful. Use a moisturiser on a daily basis to reap these benefits.
  • Be mindful of alcohol – by drinking too much alcohol, you can dehydrate your skin and in time even damage it. It can make you look older than you really are.
  • Be careful when you cleanse your skin – vigorous scrubbing can irritate the skin and accelerate the ageing process. You have to be gentle and wash carefully to remove makeup and pollutants without irritating the skin.

As you can see, there is a lot you can do in regards to the ageing of your skin. It is up to you to implement the tips above into your daily lifestyle.



For more anti-ageing info, contact The Natural Doctor on 020 7224 4622.


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Source: http://thenaturaldoctor.org/services/women/anti-ageing