Why Preconception Care?

infertilityThe beginning of a child’s life is of profound importance in determining future health.
Our increasing failure to conceive naturally combined with our increasing reliance on technology for solutions to fertility is the ultimate lifestyle disease.

Officially a couple is considered infertile if conception has not occurred within one year’s unprotected intercourse. The number of couples in this category is increasing steadily in both western and developing countries. Commonly quoted statistics state that one in ten couples are unwillingly infertile and one in six have difficulty conceiving. Normal conception rates for the average couple are surprisingly low.

Causes of infertility in women:
– Disorders of fallopian tubes – 30%
– Disorders of ovulation – 20%
– Endometriosis – 15%
– Disorders of mucus – 10%
– Other mechanical causes such as fibroids – 5%
– Unknown causes – 20%

Causes of infertility in men:
– Sperm disorders (quality and quantity) – 50%
– Disorders of sexual intercourse – 30%
– Unknown causes – 20%

What can be done about it?
Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), principally IVF are being used more and more. These techniques give rise to many ethical and moral concerns as well as involve vast amounts of money. These technologies offer at best a 20% chance of conception and only 10-15% chance of taking home a baby. As well as this, ART babies have a much higher incidence of prematurity and congenital abnormalities.

Research has shown that every aspect of our reproduction is adversely affected in some way by our modern lifestyle and living conditions. But the good news is that research also shows that conditions such as miscarriage, subfertility, low birth weight, premature birth, breast-feeding difficulties, congenital defects, hyperactivity, learning problems, asthma, eczema and poor resistance to infection are often preventable when both prospective parents attend to their health and lifestyle before they conceive a child.

The focus of preconception health care is centred in creating really healthy individuals whose genetic blueprint has been created in an optimally healthy environment.

Natural approaches to fertility have been used for centuries and have the advantage of being non-invasive and non-truamatic. They offer couples the chance to feel more in control and able to contribute towards the solution to their problem. Natural fertility methods can be used for either conception or contraception and gives you the information to use to suit your changing fertility needs.